The Crown Princess attends the Veteran Reserve Foundation's seminar on popular support for defence
The Crown Princess is welcomed by (from left) Olof Erixon, Henrik Landerholm, Hugo Nordenfelt and Lena Bartholdson. Photo: royalcourt.se
On Wednesday 20 November, The Crown Princess took part in a seminar on popular support for defence hosted by Society and Defence in Stockholm. The seminar was organised by Crown Princess Margareta's Veteran Reserve Foundation.
The seminar was opened by Lena Bartholdson, Secretary General of Society and Defence, after which Henrik Landerholm, Vice Chairman of the Veteran Reserve Foundation, spoke. The Social Democratic Party's defence policy spokesman Peter Hultqvist, the Liberal Party's defence policy spokesman Allan Widman and Eva Haldén, researcher at the Swedish National Defence College, then gave their views on popular support for defence. The seminar concluded with Peter Lagerblad, Chairman of the Swedish Voluntary Defence Organisations' Cooperation Committee, speaking on the subject of popular support and voluntary defence operations.
About Crown Princess Margareta's Veteran Reserve FoundationCrown Princess Margareta's Veteran Reserve Foundation supports objectives relating to voluntary defence work. Crown Princess Victoria chairs the foundation.
Crown Princess Margareta (1882-1920). Photo from the Bernadotte Library's archive.
HistoryIn August 1914, Crown Princess Margareta took the initiative for a committee which was given the name The Crown Princess' Central Committee for Clothing and Equipping the Veteran Reserve. The Crown Princess chaired the committee. At the end of 1915, the various local committees were coordinated to form a national association, commonly referred to as the Clothing Association. In 1921, the year after the Crown Princess' death, the Clothing Association was closed and the Veteran Reserve Foundation was created. The foundation was administered by a board chaired by Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf. On 1 January 1996, the foundation was renamed Crown Princess Margareta's Veteran Reserve Foundation.
The Veteran ReserveThe Veteran Reserve consisted of the older age groups in a conscript army, and was intended to form part of the territorial defence in the event of mobilisation.