Council of State at the Royal Palace

The King with members of the Government during the Council of State.

The King with members of the Government during the Council of State. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/The Royal Court of Sweden

On Tuesday 16 March, a Council of State was held at the Royal Palace. During the Council of State, each minister present informed The King about political initiatives, investigations and current legislation within his or her department, and responded to questions asked by The King.

Councils of State are held regularly, and are led by The King. On this occasion, the Council of State was held in Queen Lovisa Ulrika's Dining Hall in order to allow for additional space between the participants.

According to the Constitution Act of 1974, the Prime Minister is responsible for ensuring that the Head of State is kept informed about matters concerning the nation. It is formally The King who convenes Councils of State, but the decision is made in consultation with the Prime Minister.