Prince Carl Philip opens Rally Sweden in Karlstad

On Thursday 14 February, Prince Carl Philip opened Rally Sweden at Färjestad Trotting Course. The Prince is patron of Rally Sweden.

This year's rally, which ran from 14 to 17 February, began in Karlstad and continued via Torsby across the Norwegian border, before returning to Sweden and then heading east to Hagfors and ending in Torsby.

During Thursday evening's opening ceremony, Prince Carl Philip gave a speech in which he spoke about his fascination for Rally Sweden: Standing outside in the wintery Värmland forest, with thousands of other spectators, where quietness, the cold and the snow meet speed, energy and skilfulness.

"This is what Rally Sweden is all about," said The Prince.

» Read The Prince's speech hereopens in new window.

On the Friday, The Prince watched the SS Historic competition stage. The Prince also had the opportunity to test drive a car fitted with technology for the FIA Smart Driving Challenge.

Prince Carl Philip test drives a car fitted with technology to measure smart driving.

Prince Carl Philip test drives a car fitted with technology to measure smart driving. Photo: Anita Söderlind/The Royal Court of Sweden

Rally Sweden

Rally Swedenexternal link, opens in new window is one of fourteen competitions within the World Rally Championship (WRC), and is the only specific winter rally.

The competitions are held in Karlstad and northern Värmland, and sections have also taken place on the Norwegian side of the border for the last few years. The competition has run since 1950, and has been a winter rally since 1965.

Prince Carl Philip is patron of Rally Sweden.