The King and Queen host a Sweden Dinner at the Royal Palace of Stockholm

On Friday 16 September, The King and Queen hosted a Sweden Dinner at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. The aim of the Sweden Dinner is to recognise people who have made significant local, regional or national contributions.

The King welcomed those present.

The invited guests included representatives from culture, industry, education, sports and organisations in Sweden's 21 counties, as well as county governors. Approximately 180 guests were received and welcomed by The King and Queen, The Crown Princess Couple and The Prince Couple in Queen Lovisa Ulrika's Dining Hall. The dinner was served in the Vita Havet Assembly Rooms.

The Sweden Dinner is a form of official dinner held at the Royal Palace of Stockholm, and was introduced in connection with The King's 40th jubilee in 2013.

Hydrangeas, scabiosa and clematis adorned the tables. Photo:

The table decorations consisted of burnished candelabras dating from the 1820s, at the time of King Karl XIV Johan. The linen table cloths were produced by Klässbols Linneväveri, and the linen serviettes featuring The King and Queen's monogram were woven in Belgium in the 1980s. The glassware was made at Skruf Glassworks and designed Carina Seth Andersson, and was a gift from the Riksdag and the Swedish Government for The King's 70th birthday. Photo:

The King sat next to Professor Kerstin Johannesson from the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Gothenburg, Västra Götaland County, and County Governor of Örebro Maria Larsson.

The Queen sat next to Professor Bo Bergbäck from the Department of Biology and Environmental Science at Linnaeus University, Kalmar County, and County Governor of Jämtland Jöran Hägglund.

The Crown Princess sat next to physiotherapist Nils Inngul, Kronoberg County, and County Governor of Norrbotten Sven-Erik Österberg.

Prince Daniel sat next to Professor Danuta Wasserman from the National Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention of Mental Ill-Health at KI, Stockholm County, and County Governor of Halland Lena Sommestad.

Prince Carl Philip sat next to wrestler Sofia Mattsson from Skåne County and County Governor of Västmanland Minoo Akhtarzand.

Princess Sofia sat next to SmartShake AB's Chairman of the Board Mikael Bergström, Västmanland County, and County Governor of Gävleborg Per Bill.

The menu for the evening. Photo:


Duck liver mousse with baked fig,

rye bread crisp and lingonberry vinaigrette


Butter-baked pike-perch fillet from Hjälmaren with fried pointed cabbage,

asparagus broccoli, crisp red cabbage and ginger-fragranced beurre blanc


Blackberry mousse with yoghurt sorbet,

chocolate and almond crumbs and blackberry meringues

The Vita Havet Assembly Rooms

The Prince Couple's wedding banquet was held in the Vita Havet Assembly Rooms, The Crown Princess Couple danced their wedding waltz here, and it is here that the Nobel Laureates are welcomed each year. This is the palace's old ballroom, with ceiling paintings dating from the 18th century. The Vita Havet Assembly Rooms was originally two separate rooms: the queen's dining room and her guards' hall. The rooms were remodelled in 1845. The central wall was demolished, and the new room was decorated as a banqueting hall and ballroom for King Oskar I and Queen Josefina. The oak parquet flooring with inlaid woods – including birch, mahogany and lemonwood – was laid in 1845.