The King and The Crown Princess with ministers at Wednesday's cabinet briefing. Photo: royalcourt.se
On Wednesday 6 November, a cabinet briefing was held at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.
Three or four cabinet briefings are held every year. The King leads these briefings, in which The Crown Princess also participates. According to the Constitution Act of 1974, the Prime Minister is responsible for ensuring that the Head of State is kept informed about matters concerning the nation. It is formally The King who convenes the cabinet briefing, but the decision is made in consultation with the Prime Minister. During cabinet briefings, each minister present informs The King about political initiatives, investigations and current legislation within their department, and responds to questions asked by The King and The Crown Princess. There is another kind of cabinet meeting, called a change of government cabinet meeting, which takes place when the Swedish Parliament (the Riksdag) elects a new Prime Minister. The King meets the new government and the Speaker of Parliament after the Prime Minister has announced the ministers who will form the new government. Once the change of government cabinet meeting has taken place, the new government formally takes up its duties.