On Friday 20 March, The Crown Princess attended the Royal Academy of Letters' annual event. The event was held at Riddarhuset in Stockholm, and was followed by a dinner at the Grand Hôtel. The Crown Princess is First Honorary Member of the Academy.
The Royal Academy of Letters is a scientific academy that has been tasked with promoting research and other activities within the humanities, social sciences and cultural stewardship.
The annual event began at Riddarhuset, where President of the Academy Professor Anders Cullhed opened the meeting with a welcoming address. During the ceremony, The Crown Princess presented the Academy's medals and scholarships.
The Academy's Gad Rausing Prize for Outstanding Humanistic Research was presented to mediaeval historian Sverre Bagge from Bergen. Professor Bagge was awarded the prize in recognition of his "outstanding research into Europe's mediaeval history and historiography, with an emphasis on Scandinavia and particularly Norway".
This year's prize winners also included philosopher Dag Prawitz from Stockholm, who was recognised for the many fundamental and often decisive contributions made by his research in terms of the development and philosophical interpretation of the theory of evidence.
The Academy was founded by Queen Lovisa Ulrika on 20 March 1753, as the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters. The Academy's annual event is usually held on 20 March.
The Academy was reorganised by King Gustav III in 1786, and was given its current name: the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities. It is usually referred to simply as the Royal Academy of Letters.