The King and Queen host a Riksdag supper

On Thursday 14 March, The King and Queen hosted a supper with entertainment at the Royal Palace of Stockholm for the Speaker of the Riksdag, members of the Riksdag and senior officials from the Government Offices of Sweden and the Riksdag Administration.

After each parliamentary election, The King and Queen traditionally invite the Riksdag and the Government to a supper with entertainment in the form of a concert at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.

The entertainment in the Hall of State began with The King's Song. Photo: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

The entertainment in the Hall of State

The evening began with entertainment in the Hall of State, a room created in 1717 by palace master builder Nicodemus Tessin the Younger as the main ceremonial room of the palace. The room was first used in 1755. In recent times, the room has been used as the venue for The King's 50th and 70th birthday celebrations, The Crown Princess's 18th birthday celebrations and The Crown Princess Couple's wedding banquet.

The entertainment began with the invited guests singing The King's Song together. This was followed by God in Disguise, a 1940 lyrical suite by Lars Erik Larsson with words by Hjalmar Gullberg, which was performed by the Junior Academy Music School's Sinfonietta, the Stockholm Chamber Choir, Lovö Church Choir, the Royal Chapel Vocal Ensemble and the Palace Choir. The soloists were Court Singers Hillevi Martinpelto and Karl-Magnus Fredriksson. Helgi Reynisson recited the words.

Court Trumpeter Olle Hermansen and an ensemble from the Army Music Corps also performed.

The programme was compiled by Court Organist Mary Ljungquist Hén on behalf of, and in consultation with, The King.

The Speaker and the Prime Minister in the Hall of State. Photo: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

Ministers, party leaders and members of the Riksdag gathered in the Hall of State. Photo: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

The Speaker of the Riksdag and the Prime Minister greet the Royal Family. Photo: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

The welcoming ceremony

After the end of the concert, the Royal Family made their way to the Pillared Hall in the Bernadotte Apartments, where they received and welcomed the 432 guests for the evening.

The Queen welcomes the evening's guests. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

The Crown Princess. Photo: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

Prince Daniel. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

King Karl XI's Gallery, prepared ready for the Riksdag supper. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

The supper

The supper was then served in the State Apartments. The Riksdag supper is the biggest meal to be hosted regularly at the palace. Several rooms in the State Apartments were therefore used for the evening's supper. The Cabinet Meeting Room, the Audience Chamber, King Gustav III's state bedchamber and King Karl XI's Gallery were all set out for the Royal Family's guests.

The King accompanied First Deputy Speaker of the Riksdag Åsa Lindestam to the table. Minister Lena Hallengren was seated to his left.

The Queen accompanied the Speaker of the Riksdag to the table. Minister Ibrahim Baylan was seated to her right.

The Crown Princess accompanied the Prime Minister to the table. Minister Morgan Johansson was seated to her right.

Prince Daniel accompanied the Second Deputy Speaker of the Riksdag to the table. Minister Amanda Lind was seated to his left.

Prince Carl Philip accompanied Madeleine Harby Samuelsson, State Secretary to the Prime Minister's Office, to the table. Susanne Södersten, Principal Secretary to the Ministry of Employment, was seated to his left.

Princess Sofia accompanied Mattias Landgren, State Secretary to the Ministry of Enterprise, to the table. Peder Nielsen, Administrative Director of the Riksdag's Committee on the Constitution, was seated to her right.

The King speaks with First Deputy Speaker of the Riksdag Åsa Lindestam and Minister Lena Hallengren. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

The Crown Princess and the Prime Minister in the Cabinet Meeting Room. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

Prince Daniel and Minister Amanda Lind. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

The menu

Terrine of confit duck, served with lingonberry vinaigrette and winter salad
with crisp cabbage

Baked arctic char with caramelised black salsify, potato cake flavoured with thyme, roasted chard and whey cheese sauce

Baked arctic char with caramelised black salsify, potato cake flavoured with thyme, roasted chard and whey cheese sauce

The menu for the evening. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

The Royal Family in the Pillared Hall in the Bernadotte Apartments at the Royal Palace of Stockholm during the Riksdag supper. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden