HM The King opens the Parliamentary Session
On Tuesday 27 September, HM The King opened the first Parliamentary Session of the newly-elected Riksdag. The mandate period for the Parliamentary Session runs until September next year.
The Royal Family travelled in a horse-drawn cortège from the Royal Palace to the Riksdag building, where they were welcomed by Speaker Andreas Norlén.
The King and Queen and The Crown Princess Couple were led into the assembly hall by the Speaker and the Prime Minister, to the accompaniment of Linné's Celebratory March.
The ceremony then began with the assembled members of the Riksdag singing The King's Song.
The Speaker then requested that HM The King should open the 2022/2023 Parliamentary Session.
The King concluded his speech by declaring the Parliamentary Session open.
During the ceremony in the parliamentary chamber, music was performed by Susanna Stern, Adolf Fredrik's Girls' Choir and the Navy Music Corps.
The Opening of the Parliamentary Session concluded with those present singing the national anthem, after which The King and Queen, The Crown Princess Couple, the Speaker, the Prime Minister, the deputy speakers, the Marshal of the Realm and the Secretary General of the Riksdag processed out to the accompaniment of the Grand Marche.
The Riksdag service in Stockholm Cathedral
The tradition of holding a church service before the Opening of the Parliamentary Session dates back hundreds of years. Before the ceremony at the Riksdag building, the Royal Family, the Speaker of the Riksdag and a large number of members of the Riksdag therefore attended a church service in connection with the Opening of the Parliamentary Session in Stockholm Cathedral.
The speaker at this year's Riksdag service was Archbishop Antje Jackelén.
The service was led by Dean Marika Markovits and Cathedral Chaplain Kristina Ljunggren. Music was performed by St Jacob's Chamber Choir conducted by Gary Graden and Cathedral Organist Mattias Wager.