The King presents the 2016 Nobel Prizes

On Saturday 10 December, the Royal Family attended the traditional Nobel festivities, which began at Stockholm Concert Hall.

During the ceremony, The King awarded the Nobel Prizes in Physics, Chemistry and Medicine, as well as the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel.

This year's Nobel Prize in Physicsexternal link, opens in new window was awarded to David J. Thouless, F. Duncan M. Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz "for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter".

The 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistryexternal link, opens in new window was awarded to Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart and Bernard L. Feringa "for the design and synthesis of molecular machines".

The Nobel Prize in Medicineexternal link, opens in new window was awarded to Yoshinori Ohsumi "for his discoveries of mechanisms for autophagy".

The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobelexternal link, opens in new window was presented to Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmström "for their contributions to contract theory".

This year's Nobel Prize in Literatureexternal link, opens in new window was presented to Bob Dylan "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition". Bob Dylan did not attend Nobel Week.

Patti Smith and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra perform A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall by 2016 Literature Laureate Bob Dylan. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

Music was performed by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Marie Rosenmir.

After the ceremony at Stockholm Concert Hall, the Nobel festivities continued with the Nobel Banquet at Stockholm City Hall.

Member of the Swedish Academy Horace Engdahl gave a speech about Bob Dylan during the ceremony at Stockholm Concert Hall. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

Nobel Day

10 December was the date 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.

Since 1901, Nobel Prizes have been presented 579 times to 911 recipients.

Find out more about the Nobel Prize hereexternal link, opens in new window.

Princess Madeleine, Christopher O'Neill, Princess Sofia and Prince Carl Philip during the Nobel Prize ceremony at Stockholm Concert Hall. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT