The King and Prince Carl Philip commemorate Veterans' Day

The King during the wreath laying on Veterans' Day.

Photo: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

On Saturday 29 May, The King and Prince Carl Philip took part in the commemorations for Veterans' Day.

Veterans' Day honours war veterans and civilians who have taken part in peacekeeping and humanitarian efforts around the world.

The King during the wreath laying on Veterans' Day.

The King during the wreath laying on Veterans' Day. Photo: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

The King began the day by laying a wreath at the national veterans' monument on Royal Djurgården in Stockholm. The King then presented the following medals to eight veterans:

  • The Silver Medal of Merit
  • The Medal for Those Wounded in War
  • The Silver Medal of Merit (without swords)

The ceremony on Royal Djurgården was attended by the Speaker of the Riksdag, the Minister for Defence, the Supreme Commander and the Chairman of the Peace Berets of Sweden.

Prince Carl Philip took part in the national veterans' ceremony.

Prince Carl Philip took part in the national veterans' ceremony. Photo: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

During the afternoon, Prince Carl Philip continued the Veterans' Day commemorations by visiting Berga, where entertainment was provided by the Life Guards' Dragoon Music Corps, the Army Music Corps, Jill Johnson and field artists.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, this year's ceremony was broadcast live on the Swedish Armed Forces' YouTube channel.

Veterans' Day

Sweden has contributed civilian and military personnel to UN efforts around the world for more than 60 years. All Swedish veterans are commemorated on Veterans' Day, 29 May. Veterans' Day was established by the Swedish Government in 2010, and has had state ceremonial status since 2012. Since 2018, Veterans' Day has also been a national flag day.