The Royal Family attend the formal gathering of the Swedish Academy  

On Sunday 20 December, The King and Queen, The Crown Princess Couple, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia, Princess Madeleine and Mr Christopher O'Neill attended the Swedish Academy's formal gathering at the Stock Exchange in Stockholm.

The formal gathering began with the Director's speech, given by Professor Tomas Riad.

Kjell Espmark then read some of his own unpublished poems.

The Director announced that the year's memorial coin, created by artist Peter Linde, was dedicated to the author Birger Sjöberg. Member of the Swedish Academy Katarina Frostenson read an extract from the memorial description.

Sture Allén then read an essay, after which Horace Engdahl read a few short pieces about culture and catastrophe.

The programme ended with Permanent Secretary Sara Danius speaking about the previous year, including about recipients of prizes and scholarships.

Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy Sara Danius brought the formal gathering to a conclusion. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

The Swedish Academy's formal gathering 

The Swedish Academy was founded in 1786 by King Gustaf III, with the task of promoting the Swedish language and Swedish literature. Since 1901, the Swedish Academy has also appointed the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

The Swedish Academy concludes its working year by celebrating its formal gathering with a public assembly at the Stock Exchange on 20 December at 17:00. King Gustaf III issued strict directions for the ceremony, which are still followed in all essentials.