HRH Prince Carl Philip's speech at the inauguration of Rally Sweden
(The spoken version shall take precedence)
Ladies and gentlemen,
It is an honour to welcome you all to Rally Sweden and to Umeå!
In 1932, the classic Monte Carlo Rally started right here in Umeå. And now, here you are, 90 years later, about to embark on another exciting rally journey.
After many successful years in Värmland, today we begin a new chapter in Rally Sweden’s long history. There is an exciting development for motor sports here in northern Sweden.
We have the Race of Champions in Piteå, the Fällfors Drive Center in Skellefteå, the testing site in Arjeplog... And today, for the first time, Rally Sweden is being held here in Umeå.
It is a new rally, a new arena, new stretches.
However, it is still Rally Sweden – in Sweden – with all of you devoted and passionate fans! And I am really looking forward to following it.
To all the drivers: good luck in the competition. May the best team and driver win!
And to all of you spectators: Take care of each other and be safe out there.
Now, I am happy to declare Rally Sweden open.