The Royal Family attend the Nobel Banquet

On Thursday 10 December, The Royal Family attended the traditional Nobel Banquet in the Blue Hall at Stockholm City Hall.

Around 1,300 guests are invited each year to the Blue Hall at Stockholm City Hall, where the Nobel Banquet is served. In addition to The Royal Family, the prize winners and their families, the banquet is also attended by representatives from the Swedish Government and the Riksdag parties.

The Nobel Banquet in the Blue Hall. The original intention was that the room should be decorated in blue, but the architect changed his mind and decided to keep the red brick colour. However, the name was so well established that it continued to be used. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

The menu


Turbot and scallop with sea plants, brown butter and bleak roe.

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Ember bed roasted veal wrapped in mushrooms with celeriac and apple, roasted celeriac jus and potato pithiviers.

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Coffee and almond flavoured cherry blossom.

During the banquet, the Nobel dinner service – which was produced for the Nobel Prize's 90th anniversary in 1991 by Karin Björquist, Gunnar Cyrén and Ingrid Dessau – was used. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

An Homage to Swedish Music in Modern Times

An homage to contemporary Swedish music was performed during the banquet. The Gustaf Sjökvist Chamber Choir began by performing 'Anthem' from the musical Chess by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Tim Rice, and 'Kärlekens Tid' by Benny Andersson and Ylva Eggehorn. The works were performed a cappella, conducted by Ian Plaude.

Anna Ternheim sang 'Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely' by Max Martin and Herbie Crichlow.

Seinabo Sey and Salem Al Fakir on the piano and harp performed 'Poetic' by Magnus Lidehäll, Salem Al Fakir, Seinabo Sey and Vincent Pontare.

During dessert, the Gustaf Sjökvist Chamber Choir concluded the homage with 'As You Are' by Nils Lindberg and Red Mitchell.

Stockholm City Hall is one of Sweden's most prominent buildings in the National Romantic style. It was designed by architect Ragnar Östberg and was opened on Midsummer's Eve in 1923. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Nobel Day

10 December was the date of Alfred Nobel's death. In his memory, 10 December is the day on which the Nobel Laureates receive their prizes. This has been the tradition ever since the first Nobel Prizes were awarded in 1901.

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