The King and Queen host a gala dinner for Portugal's Presidential couple
The King and Queen and the Presidential couple welcome guests to the Vita Havet Assembly Rooms. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/TT
On Tuesday 1 October, The King and Queen hosted a dinner at the Royal Palace of Stockholm for the Portuguese Presidential couple, in connection with their state visit.
The Crown Princess Couple and Prince Carl Philip also attended the gala dinner.
The King and Queen welcomed around 160 guests in the Vita Havet Assembly Rooms before the dinner was held in Karl XI's Gallery. The guests included President Cavaco Silva's official retinue and representatives from the diplomatic corps, the Swedish Parliament, the Government, counties and authorities, as well as representatives from the Swedish scientific, cultural and business communities.
The welcoming ceremony in the Vita Havet Assembly Rooms. Photo: royalcourt.se
The King escorted Mrs Maria Cavaco Silva to the table. Mrs Irina Marcelo Curto was seated to his left.
The Queen was escorted to the table by President Aníbal Cavaco Silva, and Mr Rui Machete was seated to her right.
The Queen with Mr Rui Machete. Photo: David Sica/Stella Pictures
The Crown Princess was accompanied to the table by Mr Rui Machete, and Mr António Pires de Lima was seated on her right.
Prince Carl Philip escorted Irina Marcelo Curto to the table, and Mrs Ylwa Westerberg was seated to his left.
Prince Carl Philip escorted Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth to the table, and Mrs Maria Cavaco Silva was seated to his left.
Prince Daniel with Minister Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/TT
The King gave a speech during the dinner, in which he emphasised the long and close relationship between Sweden and Portugal. "The links between Sweden and Portugal have united our countries for four centuries. In 1640 — in the middle of the Thirty Years' War — Portugal broke free from the Iberian Union and declared her independence. The very next year, in July 1641, Sweden and Portugal signed a trade and friendship treaty."
The menuThe dinner began with aniseed-infused Norway lobster consommé with vendace roe ravioli and steamed fennel. The guests were then served roasted wild turbot with beurre blanc flavoured with browned butter, roasted pointed cabbage and baked yellow beets from Nobis Farms. This was followed by roasted fillet of venison with late summer truffle gravy, autumnal mushroom compote, cherry potatoes and crisp beetroot. The dinner concluded with an apple and chocolate terrine served with apple sorbet and Calvados caramel.
The dinner serviceThe first course and the desert were served on plates from a service designed by Karin Björnqvist, which was produced by Gustavsberg for The King's 50th birthday in 1996. The fish course was served on plates from a service commissioned for Queen Josefina in the latter part of the 19th century. The place of manufacture is unknown. The meat course was served on plates from a service produced in Berlin in the 1850s for Queen Victoria's mother, the Grand Duchess Louise of Baden. The glassware was a wedding present to The King and Queen from the Swedish Government and the Riksdag in 1976, made at Kosta glassworks to a design by Sigurd Persson.
The table linenThe linen, from Klässbol, was a gift from the Riksdag and the Swedish Government to HM The King to commemorate his 20th jubilee.
The flowers on the table in Karl XI's Gallery were cerise and purple hydrangeas and red hanging amaranthus.
The floral decorations at The King and Queen's gala dinner. Photo: royalcourt.se