On Saturday 28 January, on Karl Day, The King and Queen visited Lund to take part in Lund University's anniversary celebrations. The university is celebrating its 350th anniversary throughout 2017.
The King and Queen's day in Lund and the anniversary celebrations began with the re-opening of the Museum of Artistic Process and Public Art. The King and Queen were welcomed by Vice-Chancellor of Lund University Torbjörn von Schantz and Museum Director Patrick Amsellem.
The Museum of Artistic Process and Public Art has the world's largest collection of sketches, models and originals for international and Swedish public art. The museum was founded in 1934 and focuses on artists' creative processes by following the various stages of development of works of art. The first 19 sketches in the collections were produced and donated by Prince Eugen.
The King and Queen then walked to LUX, where Lund University's Faculties of Humanities and Theology are based. Here, Honorary Doctor Professor Hugh McLeod from the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies gave a talk on the subject of Sports and Religion. The talk was Lund University's 70th birthday present to The King.
It was then time for the anniversary celebrations in the university's lecture hall. The university presented its annual prizes, and Rector Emeritus Göran Bexell gave an anniversary speech. The ceremony included newly written music by composer Professor Hans Gefors. The music was performed by the Academic Orchestra together with Lund Academic Choir.
Torbjörn von Schantz presented the first copy of Lund University's Jubilee Medal to The King.
The celebrations concluded with The King's speech to Lund University:
"Three hundred and fifty years. That is a long time. Making comparisons with industry, we can note that few business ideas have lasted for three and a half centuries. But Lund University's core operations have always been the same:
"Carrying out free and independent education and research. Conveying knowledge and obtaining new knowledge. And developing society and the people within it.
"This idea is just as important today as it was 350 years ago. Not least at a time when the boundaries between opinions and facts are becoming increasingly blurred. This research and higher education constitute an incredibly important task."
Lund University held its anniversary celebrations on Karl Day 2017. The university is celebrating its 350th anniversary from 19 December 2016 until 28 January 2018.
Lund University was founded in 1666 by Queen Dowager Hedvig Eleonora, who oversaw King Karl XI's regency, and the university – the Caroline Academy – was inaugurated on 28 January 1668.
During its jubilee year, the university will be presenting a programme including everything from concerts, exhibitions and cultural activities to scientific themed weeks and the publication of jubilee books.