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The Royal Family celebrate Sweden's National Day

Photo: David Sica/Stella Pictures

On Sweden's National Day, the entire Royal Family attended celebrations at Skansen and the National Day reception at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.
The day began when The Crown Princess, Prince Daniel and Princess Estelle opened the doors for the Open Palace event, welcoming members of the public to a full day at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.
 
In the evening, the Royal Family attended the celebrations at Skansen, in keeping with tradition, and the day concluded with a reception at the Royal Palace of Stockholm where the guests included representatives from the Swedish Parliament and Government, the public sector and the diplomatic corps.
 
At Skansen, The King gave a speech in which he said:
 
"During the spring, The Queen and I have visited eight of Sweden's 21 counties. After the summer, we will be visiting the remaining thirteen. This year, we want to visit the whole of Sweden. Everywhere we go, we are struck by the strength of feeling and desire in, and for, our country. From the buzz of the cities to the greenery of the countryside. From technical and medical innovations to craftsmanship, culture and history. And across generations, from old to young.
 
"Let us all feel gratitude, confidence and faith in the future in our nation. Let us defend, care for and take responsibility for our country, while still showing the sense of curiosity that the future requires. There is no better way to show what our country means to us, or to celebrate Sweden on this our national day."