The King attends the national veteran ceremony

Motiv: The King during the ceremony. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

On Thursday 29 May, The King attended the national veteran ceremony at Royal Djurgården in Stockholm.

The ceremony began with a flag parade, after which Deputy Prime Minister Jan Björklund gave a speech. The King laid a wreath at the Restare memorial monument, after which Army Chaplain Sten Elmberg said regimental prayers and Supreme Commander Sverker Göransson gave a speech.

The King then presented the Swedish Armed Forces' Medal for Those Wounded in War and the Swedish Armed Forces' Medal of Merit.

The ceremony concluded with a speech by Minister for Defence Karin Enström and the national anthem.

Sweden has contributed civilian and military personnel to UN efforts around the world. Swedish veterans and their relatives are commemorated on Veterans Day, 29 May. Veterans Day was established by the Swedish Government in 2010, and has had state ceremonial status since 2012.