Silver tableware The gala table is always laid with real silver, which is also a tradition going way back. Silver cutlery, candelabra and centrepieces were visible evidence that the state's finances were in good order.
Inherited pieces The magnificent table also includes valuable porcelain and exquisite glass services, items handed down over the years or gifts from previous royal weddings and anniversaries. At their wedding in 1976 the Swedish government and Parliament (Riksdag) presented The King and Queen with 800 glasses featuring the King and Queen's monogram, a gift from the Swedish people that has become part of our cultural heritage.
Public suppers In the past, public observation of the royal meals was regarded as a civil right. But despite noisy protests from Stockholmers, Karl XIV Johan banned what were known as public suppers in connection with his son Oscar's (I) marriage to Princess Joséphine in 1823.
You could say that the tradition of public suppers has now been reintroduced, what with the televising of Nobel dinners and today's royal events. Major public viewing of a Swedish banquet has not occurred since the royal wedding in 1976. The wedding and subsequent wedding lunch were followed by an audience of several million all over the world.