The Royal Family attend the Nobel Banquet

Motiv: The King speaks with the Nobel Laureate in Medicine, May-Britt Moser. Photo: Patrik Österberg/All Over Press

Motiv: Princess Christina seated between the Nobel Laureate in Literature, Patrick Modiano, and the Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, William E Moerner. Photo: David Sica/Stella Pictures

On Wednesday 10 December, The Royal Family participated in the traditional Nobel Banquet in the Blue Hall at Stockholm City Hall.

The Royal Family, the Nobel Laureates and their families, and representatives from the Riksdag and the Government always take part in the Nobel Banquet. Find out more about the prize-giving ceremony hereopens in new window.

The menu

The banquet began with cream of cauliflower soup with a mosaic of red king crab, peas and lemon pickled cauliflower florets.

The guests were then served spiced loin of red deer with carrot terrine, salt-baked golden beets, smoked pearl onions, potato purée and game jus.

The banquet concluded with mousse and sorbet of wild dewberries from Gotland, saffron panna cotta and brown butter sponge cake.

The desserts are brought in. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

The desserts are brought in. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

During the banquet, the Nobel dinner service – which was produced for the Nobel Prize's 90th anniversary in 1991 by Karin Björquist, Gunnar Cyrén and Ingrid Dessau – was used.

The Blue Hall, with the table of honour in the centre. Photo: Patrik Sandberg/TT

The Blue Hall, with the table of honour in the centre. Photo: Patrik Sandberg/TT

Jewellery and attire

The King wore the Order of the Seraphim's light blue ribbon, decoration and grand star, the Order of Vasa's grand cross and star, and the Order of the Polar Star's cross on a black ribbon around his neck. He also wore four memorial medals of King Gustaf V, King Gustaf VI Adolf, King Haakon VII and King Olav V of Norway (miniature badges).

The Queen speaks with Professor Carl-Henrik Heldin. Photo: Patrik Sandberg/TT

The Queen speaks with Professor Carl-Henrik Heldin. Photo: Patrik Sandberg/TT

The Queen wore a turquoise duchess silk satin dress with hand-embroidered sequins and pearl embroidery. This was accompanied by the Leuchtenberg Sapphires and a bracelet from the crown jewels. The Queen also wore the Order of the Seraphim's light blue ribbon, brilliant decoration and brilliant grand star, as well as a miniature portrait of The King framed with brilliants.

Crown Princess Victoria with Eric Betzig, the Nobel Laureate in Chemistry. Photo: Patrik Sandberg/TT

Crown Princess Victoria with Eric Betzig, the Nobel Laureate in Chemistry. Photo: Patrik Sandberg/TT

The Crown Princess wore a rose-red silk dress with a draped bodice and a voluminous skirt. This was accompanied by the Baden Fringe Tiara, a brilliant necklace with brilliant cross, a ruby brooch and a brilliant bracelet. The Crown Princess also wore the Order of the Seraphim's light blue ribbon, brilliant decoration and brilliant grand star, as well as a miniature portrait of The King framed with brilliants. Prince Daniel wore the Order of the Seraphim's light blue ribbon, decoration and grand star, and the Order of the Polar Star's cross on a black ribbon around his neck.

Prince Daniel. Photo: Patrik Sandberg/TT

Prince Daniel. Photo: Patrik Sandberg/TT

Prince Carl Philip wore the Order of the Seraphim's light blue ribbon, decoration and grand star, and the Order of the Polar Star's cross on a black ribbon around his neck. Prince Carl Philip also wore four medals in miniature: The King's Commemorative Medal, the National Service Medal, the Karlberg Medal and the Uppland Medal. Sofia Hellqvist wore a duchess silk satin and tulle dress with details in hand-cut, hand-embroidered sequined lace in shades of fuchsia and aubergine, with her own jewellery.

Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

Princess Madeleine wore a dress of layered silk organza and Italian tulle in shades of greige pink. It was embroidered by hand with glass beads, hand-coloured in shades of taupe and burgundy. This was accompanied by her own tiara and earrings, and a brooch from the Amethyst Set. Princess Madeleine also wore the Order of the Seraphim's light blue ribbon, brilliant decoration and brilliant grand star, as well as a miniature portrait of The King framed with brilliants. Christopher O'Neill wore the Order of the Polar Star's cross on a blue and yellow ribbon.

Princess Madeleine. Photo: Patrik Österberg/All Over Press

Princess Madeleine. Photo: Patrik Österberg/All Over Press

Nobel Day

10 December was the day of Alfred Nobel's death. In his memory, 10 December is the day on which the Nobel Laureates receive their prizes. This has been the tradition ever since the first Nobel Prizes were awarded in 1901.

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