On Tuesday 8 December, a Council of State was held at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. During Councils of State, each minister present informs The King about political initiatives, investigations and current legislation within his or her department, and responds to questions asked by The King.
Three or four Councils of State are held every year. The King leads these Councils of State, 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 Councils of State, but the decision is made in consultation with the Prime Minister.