His Royal Highness Prince Carl Philip of Sweden attended the 2013 Elle Galan Awards held at the Grand Hotel in Stockholm on January 11, 2013. During the ceremony the prince presented the top prize — Året Designer — to Ms. Ann-Sofie Black.
Per the official website for Folk och Försvars Rikskonferens:
“… the conference is the foremost meeting-place for the Swedish security and defense policy community. The conference is held each year in January at a major winter resort in Sweden. Regular speakers include the Minister of Defense, the Minister of International Aid and the Supreme Commander. The Swedish Prime Minister has participated in the conference, as well as several prominent international representatives.
Rikskonferensen assembles 300 participants and 30-40 speakers for three days of lectures, discussions and debates, intertwined with socializing and skiing. The conference encourages formal as well as informal discussions between parliamentarians, representatives from trade and industry, political parties, government authorities, youth organizations and various NGO’s.”
To learn more about today’s event please click here (in English).
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Here is the old ZDF documentary about Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden. Oh yeah, the program is in German.
With six months to go before their grand wedding in Stockholm Her Royal Highness Princess Madeleine of Sweden and her American fiancé, Mr. Christopher O’Neill, decided to take a lovely holiday in Gstaad, Switzerland.
The two love birds were seen skiing down the famous slopes as well as spending time with their close friends, laughing, hugging, and puffing on cigarettes.
Click here to view photos.
In other news, in a recent poll conducted by SIFO and the Expressen newspaper, Swedes voted that they have “… no confidence at all…” with regards to the pretty princess. Click here to read an article from The Local Sweden (in English).
Recently, His Royal Highness Prince Carl Philip of Sweden sat down with the Swedish Hjärt-Lungfondens (Heart-Lung Foundation) to discuss the new Hjärtepin (heart pins) that he designed as “… part of the campaign, All Kids Valentine’s month.”
Here is what the prince had to say per the official website for the Hjärt-Lungfondens:
“How was the idea born to design Heart-Lung Foundation Heart pin?
Children with heart defects has attracted much attention in recent years and has been able to pursue the matter in the media. The research is facing major challenges in terms of children born with heart defects, and I think it feels good to be able to focus on these issues.
What were your thoughts behind the design?
Balloons to mind the children and the young at heart of all people. The Heartpin is being sold to benefit the children and all children should be able to play and play sports as they want. The heart gets a lift of the balloons in pin and I hope that all the children’s hearts also gain.
How has the Heart-Lung Foundation’s work relevant to the Prince?
My thoughts go primarily to research on children’s hearts. The Heart-Lung Foundation does important work to help heart patients to have a healthier life. So, I hope that as many schools and organizations as possible will sell Heart pin and that many will show their support for research into children’s hearts by buying them.”
To learn more about the Hjärt-Lungfonden please visit their official website here.
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“One thousand people participated in the survey which also concluded that seven out of ten people want the monarchy to remain. Twenty-three percent want to abolish it all together…”
To read more about this latest news please click here.
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For those who are interested in watching the SVT documentary entitled, Året med Kungafamiljen 2012, then please click here.
The documentary follows all members of the Swedish royal family during the 2012 year and includes lengthy interviews and more. As you may know by now the program is in Swedish. There are no sub-titles.
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On December 25, 2012, His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden delivered his Christmas speech. Here is a rough translation:
“Dear Swedes at home and abroad!
My family and I want to wish you all a happy Christmas.
We live in a time of rapid change. A time where the pace may seem high. As expectations on us continually seems to grow. And, where information and communication crosses our land and our lives at a rate unparalleled in history. Maybe this is a festival that Christmas is even more important for all of us.
This time of year we get a chance to stop for a moment. We get a chance to socializing and reflection. In our country, Christmas is also a bright spot in the beautiful, but also sometimes, so dark and cold Swedish winter.
I hope that the Christmas light reaches even to you who do not have someone to share Christmas with. As to all of you that this festival has not been available, but work to our country to work.
I am thinking of you who work in health care, elderly care, police, fire department or other parts of the Swedish society. I also think of you as volunteers for other people. Your work means so much to so many. Especially now during the Christmas and New Year.
This fall and winter, the economic turmoil in our world has made itself felt even in Sweden. Behind reports of an economic slowdown are many people who think about the future. Some may risk losing their jobs. Others believe they have difficulty finding a new one. Their challenge is also Sweden. The turbulence in the world economy is one of many expressions of a larger shift. A shift that our whole society is facing.
In our global world, competition. This places new demands on us. Just as when we took the step from agricultural to an industrial society, we have now taken the step to service society and the information society.
This means that we need to equip ourselves with knowledge, new ideas and innovations. All that allows us to stand strong in a changing world. In this challenge, we can also get great inspiration in our own history.
Sweden is a great country. Despite this, we have been able to stand strong. We have demonstrated the value of cooperation, hard work and openness to the world around us. Along with high aspirations for education and welfare, it has allowed us to switch when the change stood at the door. We have been able to emerge from turbulent times.
Sweden has many riches. I am thinking primarily of all people. Women and men. Young and older. New and old Swedes. Each of which contributes to shaping Sweden and our future.
In addition, I think of what we have in terms of natural resources. In addition to our knowledge, research and technological development, these are important to take advantage.
Two of the many places I visited during the year Gällivare and Kiruna. In these and other old mining towns sprouting today optimism. It is invested, new recruits, and made major investments in research and development. It is also gratifying that the mining permit work for many young people.
The mining industry renaissance is just one example of the fact that Sweden has much to offer the world. We as a country both know-how, industry, services and commodities. We have research and innovation. All this provides a good basis to meet tomorrow.
Sweden is the country also good reputation in our business environment. It is something that the Queen and I have often noted during our state visit. One manifestation of this was our trip to South Korea in May this year. During our visit, we saw, as so often, how Sweden and our Swedish company is well seen in the world. Both the country and the people are perceived very positively. And our services and products is something we should be proud of.
Do we take advantage of all of this is Sweden. All this constitutes our opportunities. All that I meet during my travels around the country and look in my meetings with the Swedes, both at home and abroad. Then I am confident that our country will not only have a rich history, but also a promising future.
In this future, we also have an important task. I am thinking of our environment and our climate. We want future generations to be able to breathe fresh air and drink clean water! Then we must find ways of our world. Roads that allows the earth to work again tomorrow.
In 1972, Sweden hosted the UN’s first global environmental conference. This year we were treated to the “Stockholm +40 – Partnership Forum for Sustainable Development”. I participated in the first meeting 40 years ago. This year I inaugurated this reunion.
That much has happened since 1972 was evident at the meeting. At the same time, I think it was clear to all that more must be done. Otherwise we will never deal with this challenge. We will not achieve sustainable development of our oceans, lakes, forests, and ultimately life on Earth.
The meeting provided an opportunity to gather for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio +20, held in Rio de Janeiro in June. Along with the Queen, I participated in this meeting. Later in december were also UN climate summit in Doha.
If the success of these meetings may seem small, it is still important to the world gather in this way. It emphasizes that global challenges require global responses. Therefore, work must continue. More in our world must be persuaded to move from words to action in environmental and climate issues. And in this task, Sweden has a continuing role to play.
Now we will call you soon in 2012. I would therefore like to thank all of you for years past. I want to thank everyone who helps to make Sweden the country it is.
I would also take this opportunity to thank all congratulations to Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel in connection with Princess Estelle came into the world. It is a great event for the whole family, the Queen and me to become grandparents and Prince Carl Philip and Princess Madeleine got her first niece. To Sweden with such love received his new princess warmed us all.
Now, I hope that together we will be sure to make the coming year a good year. A year full of new opportunities. And we are particularly pleased with the Princess Madeleine and Christopher O’Neill for their upcoming wedding.
For me, 2013 is also a bit of an anniversary. Then it’s 40 years since I became Sweden’s king and head of state. I want to celebrate. Therefore, the Queen and I visit every county in the year. We begin in Kalmar in early March. And we hope during these visits get to meet so many of you as possible all around Sweden, which meant so much to us over the years.
With these words, I conclude, and together with my family, to wish all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2013!”
Per the Swedish royal court:
The wedding between Her Royal Highness Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Mr. Christopher O’Neill will take place on 8th of June 2013 in the Slottskyrkan (Royal Chapel) at the Royal Palace, Stockholm.
On the evening of December 11, 2012, Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden along with Their Royal Highnesses Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, His Royal Highness Prince Carl Philip and Her Royal Highness Princess Madeleine attended the 2012 Kungens Middag (King’s Dinner) held inside the Karl XI’s Gallery at the royal palace in Stockholm. This traditional dinner is held in honor of the Nobel Laureates according to the Swedish royal court.
Yesterday, the royal family attended the 2012 Nobel Prize ceremony held at the Concert Hall in Stockholm. Afterward, there was a gala banquet.
Recently, Mr. Christopher O’Neill was out and about in New York City walking Princess Madeleine’s dog, Zorro, and generally enjoying his day. When Mr. O’Neill noticed that someone was snapping photos of him he decided he had enough. So, he gave the photographer the Happy Finger. Can’t say I blame him.
And, finally, it was announced last month that Mr. O’Neill will not be attending the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm on December 10, 2012. The reason: He’s too busy with work. Nevertheless, Princess Madeleine will attend alongside Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, Their Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel and His Royal Highness Prince Carl Philip.
Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden visited the exhibition, Princess Estelle: Birth and Baptism, held at the royal palace in Stockholm on November 27, 2012. Her Majesty was given a private tour of this exhibition which ends on March 3, 2013.
And, finally, if you still have not watched the fantastic documentary, Förberedelser inför Prinsessan Estelles dop, click the video below and enjoy!
On November 21, 2012, His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden held an audience with General Håkan Syrén at the royal palace in Stockholm. His Majesty also attended the Swedish Foreign Trade Association’s 125th anniversary celebrations in Stockholm.
Meanwhile, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden visited the municipality of Fagersta. The purpose of the crown prince couple’s visit is to learn “… how Fagersta municipality is working on integration issues…” according to the Swedish royal court.