The King gives the opening speech at the seminar. Photo: royalcourt.se
On Friday 25 January, The King and Queen and The Crown Princess Couple attended a seminar entitled "King Karl XIV Johan — a builder of society".
26 January marked the 250th anniversary of Jean Bernadotte's birth in Pau, France. The seminar was hosted by the Friends of the Bernadotte Museum, the French Embassy, the Swedish Academy, the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry, and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. Lars Lagerqvist, Chairman of the Friends of the Bernadotte Museum, gave a welcome address and The King opened the seminar with a speech. There then followed a number of talks about King Karl XIV Johan's rein, on subjects such as his work in connection with agriculture, healthcare and reforming the Swedish state finances between 1810 and 1844. The seminar was concluded by the French ambassador, Jean-Pierre Lacroix. The Friends of the Bernadotte Museum is an association for supporters of the Musée Bernadotte in Pau, France. The museum is housed in the listed building where Jean Bernadotte was born 250 years ago. The museum is owned and managed by the city of Pau, and its creation in 1951 was made possible by donations from the Royal Court and the Swedish State.