The Opening of the Parliamentary Session

On Tuesday 12 September, the Royal Family attended the opening of the Parliamentary Session.

The Royal Family arrived at the Riksdag by horse and carriage, and were met on Riksplan by Speaker Urban Ahlin and Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.

At the Riksdag building. Photo: royalcourt.se

The King opened the Parliamentary Session, saying:

"The challenges we currently face are considerable. There is no doubt about this. However, it may be worth reminding ourselves that history gives us reason for a certain degree of optimism: Peace has been brokered. Epidemics have been cured. Prosperity has grown. Human rights have been strengthened.

"And in line with these developments, we are also approaching solutions to some of the most important issues of our time. Not least when it comes to the environment. The question is no longer whether we can achieve more sustainable development but how to move forwards. How quickly, with which technology and at what cost. Against this background, there is every reason to look to the future with confidence!"

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven then read the Statement of Government Policy. The ceremony in the parliamentary chamber also included music from the Army Music Corps, Nils Landgren and Johan Norberg.

In the parliamentary chamber during the opening of the Parliamentary Session. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

The Royal Family with Speaker of the Riksdag Urban Ahlin on arrival at the Riksdag building. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

Service at Stockholm Cathedral

The Opening of the Parliamentary Session began at Stockholm Cathedral with a service led by Dean Hans Ulfvebrand and Cathedral Chaplain Kristina Ljunggren. Dominican sister Madeleine Fredell gave a speech. Newly composed music by Agneta Sköld and Anna Cederberg Orreteg was performed by St Jacob's Chamber Choir under the direction of Cathedral Chaplain Gary Graden.

The King and Speaker of the Riksdag Urban Ahlin arrive at Stockholm Cathedral. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Stockholm Concert Hall and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

During the evening, The King and Queen, The Crown Princess Couple, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Madeleine attended a concert at Stockholm Concert Hall in connection with the Opening of the Parliamentary Session. The evening was hosted by Stefan Forsberg. The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra with soloists was conducted by Katarina Andreasson.