The Queen attends Pensioners' Day at Ekerö

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Pensioners' Day took place under grey clouds at Ekebyhov Palace Park. Photo: Kungahuset.se

On Friday 17 June, The Queen visited Pensioners' Day in Ekerö's Ekebyhov Palace Park, near Stockholm.
The programme began with a welcome from Kerstin Henriksson. After a short speech by Social Welfare Board Chairman Staffan Strömbeck, Mia Poppe and Niclas Strand sang a selection of old favourites, including a Fredriksdal Theatre medley.

Fresh fruit, coffee and cake were served to everyone during the interval. The Queen greeted and spoke to many of the pensioners and their relatives who had come to Ekebyhov Palace Park. After the interval, Mattias Enn sang classics by Ernst Rolf, Karl Gerhard and Zarah Leander.

Following the performances, The Queen gave two interviews in which she spoke about the background to Pensioners' Day. The event was first held at The Queen's initiative as a picnic in Drottningholm Park, and is now organised by Ekerö Municipality. The Queen explained how the event sprang up from a desire to give pensioners and their families an opportunity to meet up.