The Royal Family welcome guests to the National Day reception at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Photo: Charles Hammarsten/IBL
On Sweden's National Day, The King and Queen attended celebrations on Gotland, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Madeleine were at the Royal Palace of Stockholm, and Prince Daniel was in Malmö. In the evening, the entire Royal Family attended celebrations at Skansen and the National Day reception at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.
The National Day celebrations began with Prince Carl Philip and Princess Madeleine opening the Open Palace event. This year's theme was remembering Prince Bertil. Prince Bertil's Apartments were open to the public, and an exhibition about Prince Bertil was opened. The King and Queen began the day in Visby on Gotland, where the National Day celebrations were hosted by County Governor Cecilia Schelin Seidegård. The visit began with the opening of the St Nicolas Cultudral. The musical programme was presented by Master of Ceremonies Tommy Wahlgren, and featured guitar music from Krister Dahlströ and Kenneth Waernqvist, the group Glimra and Staffan Scheja. Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth gave an opening speech. The King and Queen then travelled by open-top car to Gotland Museum, where they were given a tour by museum directors Lars Sjösvärd and Jenny Westfält. The Danish ambassador Kirsten Malling Biering opened a new exhibition about mediaeval Gotland, after which 300 invited guests attended a lunch in the museum's picture stone hall. The National Day celebrations continued after lunch, and The King and Queen walked to Almedalen where The King gave a speech. Babben Larsson and Bengan Jansson hosted the entertainment, which featured GotlandsMusiken and Di Sma Undar Jårdi. At the same time, Prince Daniel attended a ceremony for new Swedish citizens in Malmö. In the evening, the Royal Family attended the celebrations at Skansen, in keeping with tradition, and the day concluded with a reception at the Royal Palace of Stockholm where the guests included representatives from the Swedish Parliament and Government, the public sector and the diplomatic corps.