The Royal Family attend the Nobel Banquet
Motiv: The King with his dinner partner Mira Nikomarow, wife of the recipient of the Physics Prize François Englert. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT
On Tuesday 10 December, The Royal Family participated in the traditional Nobel Banquet in the Blue Hall at Stockholm City Hall.
The Royal Family, the Nobel Laureates and their families, and representatives from the Riksdag and the Government always take part in the Nobel Banquet. Find out more about the Nobel Prize ceremony here.
The table of honour during the banquet. Photo: David Sica/Stella Pictures
The menuThe banquet began with guinea hen mosaic, carrot variation with Gotland truffle and chanterelle duxelle with truffle mayonnaise. The guests were then served turbot cupola stuffed with Norwegian lobster, tartelette with lobster on a bed of cream cheese and spinach, pointed cabbage terrine, lobster sauce and almond potato purée. The banquet concluded with a chocolate silhouette with nougat and sea buckthorn explosion. During the banquet, the Nobel dinner service — which was produced for the Nobel Prize's 90th anniversary in 1991 by Karin Björquist, Gunnar Cyrén and Ingrid Dessau — was used.
The table of honour, with the Nobel dinner service and flower arrangement by florist Gunnar Kaj. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT
The opera trio Divine – Caroline Gentele, Gabriella Lambert-Olsson and Jacqueline Miura – provided the entertainment under the direction of Ingela Lundh, based on Cecilia Sidenbladh's play The Nightingales. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT
Jewellery and attireThe King wore the Order of the Seraphim's light blue ribbon, decoration and grand star, the Order of Vasa's grand cross and star, and the Order of the Polar Star's cross on a black ribbon around his neck. He also wore four memorial medals of King Gustaf V, King Gustaf VI Adolf, King Haakon VII and King Olav V of Norway (miniature badges). The Queen wore a raspberry red dress in silk chiffon with a ruffled hem, embroidered with Swarovski crystals. This was accompanied with Queen Sofia's brilliant tiara, a brilliant necklace with drops, brilliant earrings and a brilliant brooch in the form of a rose sprig. The Queen also wore the Order of the Seraphim's light blue ribbon, brilliant decoration and brilliant grand star, as well as a miniature portrait of The King framed with brilliants. Prince Carl Philip and Prince Daniel wore the Order of the Seraphim's light blue ribbon, decoration and grand star, and the Order of the Polar Star's cross on a black ribbon around their necks. Prince Carl Philip also wore four medals in miniature: The King's Commemorative Medal, the National Service Medal, the Karlberg Medal and the Uppland Medal.
Nobel Day10 December was the day of Alfred Nobel's death. In his memory, 10 December is the day on which the Nobel Laureates receive their prizes. This has been the tradition ever since the first Nobel Prizes were awarded in 1901. Find out more about the Nobel Prize here.
The Nobel Banquet at Stockholm City Hall. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT