On Friday 22 September, The King and Queen hosted a Sweden Dinner at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. The aim of the Sweden Dinner is to recognise people who have made significant local, regional or national contributions.
The invited guests included representatives from culture, industry, education, sports and organisations in Sweden's 21 counties, as well as county governors. Approximately 160 guests were received and welcomed by The King and Queen, The Crown Princess Couple and Prince Carl Philip in Queen Lovisa Ulrika's Dining Hall. The dinner was served in the Vita Havet Assembly Rooms.
The Sweden Dinner is a form of official dinner held at the Royal Palace of Stockholm, and was introduced in connection with The King's 40th jubilee in 2013.
The table was decorated with burnished candelabras dating from the 1820s, at the time of King Karl XIV Johan. The linen table cloths were woven by Klässbols Linneväveri in 2013, and were designed by Margot Barolo.
The porcelain was a gift from the Riksdag and the Swedish Government on The King's 70th birthday, and was made by the Gustavsberg ceramics company and designed by Daniel Hassila. The dessert dishes are from Rörstrand, designed by Karin Björkvist. They were also a gift from the Riksdag and the Swedish Government, and were presented to The King to mark his 50th birthday.
The King sat next to Charlotte Lorentz Hjorth, CEO of Krinova, Skåne County, and County Governor of Östergötland Elisabeth Nilsson.
The Queen sat next to Rikard Lundgren, CEO of 2Change World AB, Västmanland County, and County Governor of Värmland Kenneth Johansson.
The Crown Princess sat next to Fredrik Gustafsson, Professor of Sensor Informatics at Linköping University, Östergötland County, and County Governor of Gävleborg Per Bill.
Prince Daniel sat next to Professor Lotta Vikström from the Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Umeå University, Västerbotten County, and County Governor of Örebro Maria Larsson.
Prince Carl Philip sat next to lawyer Dona Hariri from Stockholm County and County Governor of Södermanland Liselott Hagberg.
Butter-baked char with cauliflower, an emulsion of spinach and chives
and citronette dressing with trout roe
Roasted Swedish hung fillet of beef with allspice gravy,
variation of carrot and potato purée with black truffle
Blackcurrant Bavarian cream with sorrel ice cream,
meringue and currant coulis
The Prince Couple's wedding banquet was held in the Vita Havet Assembly Rooms, The Crown Princess Couple danced their wedding waltz here, and it is here that the Nobel Laureates are welcomed each year. This is the palace's old ballroom, with ceiling paintings dating from the 18th century.
The Vita Havet Assembly Rooms was originally two separate rooms: the queen's dining room and her guards' hall. The rooms were remodelled in 1845. The central wall was demolished, and the new room was decorated as a banqueting hall and ballroom for King Oskar I and Queen Josefina. The oak parquet flooring with inlaid woods – including birch, mahogany and lemonwood – was laid in 1845.