Sweden's National Day 2021

The King and Queen, The Crown Princess Couple, the Speaker of the Riksdag and his wife, and the Prime Minister and his wife during the Army Music Corps' evening performance of the Swedish Army's Grand Tattoo at Logården on Sweden's National Day.

The King and Queen, The Crown Princess Couple, the Speaker of the Riksdag and his wife, and the Prime Minister and his wife during the Army Music Corps' evening performance of the Swedish Army's Grand Tattoo at Logården on Sweden's National Day. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

Sweden's National Day and Swedish Flag Day were celebrated on Sunday 6 June. Due to the pandemic, the National Day celebrations for 2021 were again limited. During the day, The King gave a speech from the Royal Palace which was broadcast on TV. The Crown Princess and Prince Daniel attended the National Day celebrations at Skansen in Stockholm.

The Crown Princess Family photographed outside Haga Palace.

The Crown Princess Family photographed outside Haga Palace. Photo: Linda Broström/The Royal Court of Sweden

Raising of flags and medal presentations

At 08:00, the flags were raised at the Royal Palace and many other locations around Sweden.

At the same time, a list of the people to whom HM The King has decided to award medals this National Day was published.

Their Majesties The King and Queen photographed in connection with The King's speech from the Royal Palace, which was broadcast on TV.

Their Majesties The King and Queen photographed in connection with The King's speech from the Royal Palace, which was broadcast on TV. Photo: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

Speech from the Royal Palace

This year again, The King – accompanied by The Queen – gave a speech from Logården below the Royal Palace, which was broadcast on TV.

In his speech, The King said:

"Today, on Sweden's National Day, we have once again raised our blue and yellow flag. The main symbol of our country. It may mean different things for each and every one of us. For me personally, our flag stands for tradition and community – but also for optimism and faith in the future.

"Now there are many of us who are looking forward to the light Swedish summer and soon being able to meet up as normal again. We long to be together – in our workplaces and associations, on streets and squares, and at places of worship.

"And when that happens, when we leave our isolated bubbles, then I hope we will do so with gratitude for the sacrifices made, with renewed strength and with unshakable faith in Sweden's future!"

The Crown Princess and Prince Daniel at Skansen.

The Crown Princess and Prince Daniel at Skansen. Photo: Mattias Hellström/SPA

The Crown Princess Couple at Skansen

The Crown Princess and Prince Daniel attended the National Day celebrations at Skansen in the evening. During the celebrations, which were also broadcast on SVT, The Crown Princess took part in the presentation of standards to various associations. The Crown Princess concluded by leading four cheers for Sweden.

The Army's Grand Tattoo

The National Day celebrations concluded with the Army Music Corps' performance of the Swedish Army's Grand Tattoo at Logården, in the presence of The King and Queen, The Crown Princess Couple, the Speaker of the Riksdag and his wife, and the Prime Minister and his wife.

The Army Music Corps performs a tattoo, ending the National Day broadcast on SVT.

The Army Music Corps performs a tattoo, ending the National Day broadcast on SVT. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

The Army Music Corps.

The Army Music Corps. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

The King thanks Drum Major David Lindberg for performing the tattoo.

The King thanks Drum Major David Lindberg for performing the tattoo. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

The Crown Princess Family in a photograph released on the morning of Sweden's National Day.

The Crown Princess Family in a photograph released on the morning of Sweden's National Day. Photo: Linda Broström/The Royal Court of Sweden

Sweden's National Day

Skansen's founder Artur Hazelius initiated Sweden's National Day on 6 June 1893, but it was not until more than twenty years later that the tradition spread to the whole of the country.

Wholesaler Nils Ljunggren suggested holding a flag day in 1915. The following year, Swedish Flag Day was commemorated at Stockholm Olympic Stadium and at more than a hundred other locations throughout Sweden. It was on this occasion at Stockholm Olympic Stadium that 'Sweden's Flag', composed by Hugo Alfvén with words by K. G. Ossiannilsson, was first performed.

The tradition of the monarch presenting standards to associations began in 1918, and has continued almost every year since then. King Carl XVI Gustaf first took part in the celebrations at Stockholm Olympic Stadium in 1949.

In 1963, the celebrations were moved to Skansen. Swedish Flag Day officially became Sweden's National Day in 1983, and 6 June has been a public holiday since 2005. The date was chosen because Gustav Vasa was elected King of Sweden on this date in 1523 by a parliament in Strängnäs, and the Instrument of Government was signed on this date in 1809.