The King opens the Parliamentary Session

The King gave a speech and opened the 2019/2020 Parliamentary Session.

The King gave a speech and opened the 2019/2020 Parliamentary Session. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

On Tuesday 10 September, The King opened the 2019/2020 Parliamentary Session. The new parliamentary year has thus begun.

The cortège arrives at Norrbro.

The cortège arrives at Norrbro. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/The Royal Court of Sweden

In keeping with tradition, members of the Royal Family travelled in a horse-drawn cortège to the Riksdag building. The King, The Queen, The Crown Princess, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia were welcomed by Speaker of the Riksdag Andreas Norlén on the steps of the Riksdag building.

The King and Queen in one of the Royal Stables' carriages.

The King and Queen in one of the Royal Stables' carriages. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/The Royal Court of Sweden

The Crown Princess Couple in the cortège on Norrbro.

The Crown Princess Couple in the cortège on Norrbro. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/The Royal Court of Sweden

Outside the Riksdag building, grenadiers from the Life Guard paraded as the Army Music Corps played.

The Royal Family are welcomed by Speaker of the Riksdag Andreas Norlén on the steps of the Riksdag building.

The Royal Family are welcomed by Speaker of the Riksdag Andreas Norlén on the steps of the Riksdag building. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/The Royal Court of Sweden

The provinces chosen to feature in the programme, music and imagery at this year's opening ceremony were Härjedalen, Medelpad, Hälsingland, Dalarna and Gästrikland.

Inside the Riksdag building, the Royal Family greeted Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and the deputy speakers. The guests then listened to Vikarby's Little Fiddlers who played on the main staircase.

The opening ceremony in the chamber

The ceremony in the chamber began with the members of the Riksdag and the guests singing The King's Song together.

Court Singer Anna Larsson then performed Limu Limu Lima, Kristallen den Fina and Glädjens Blomster.

Afterwards, the Speaker asked The King to declare the Parliamentary Session open.

The opening ceremony in the Riksdag's assembly hall.

The opening ceremony in the Riksdag's assembly hall. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

In his speech to the members of the Riksdag, The King said:

"Sweden's future is decided not only in this chamber but equally by developments in the world around us. However, the decisions made in here affect everyone in our nation, often for generations to come. They are the threads that make up the tapestry of our future."

After further musical performances, the Prime Minister read the Statement of Government Policy.

The Royal Family arrive at Stockholm Cathedral together with Speaker of the Riksdag Andreas Norlén, Dean Hans Ulfvebrand and Cathedral Chaplain Kristina Ljunggren.

The Royal Family arrive at Stockholm Cathedral together with Speaker of the Riksdag Andreas Norlén, Dean Hans Ulfvebrand and Cathedral Chaplain Kristina Ljunggren. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

The Riksdag service

In the morning, the Royal Family began the day by attending the Riksdag service at Stockholm Cathedral. They were welcomed on the cathedral steps by Dean Hans Ulfvebrand and Cathedral Chaplain Kristina Ljunggren.

The Royal Family sit on the royal chairs, which date from the 1670s and the time of King Karl XI.

The Royal Family sit on the royal chairs, which date from the 1670s and the time of King Karl XI. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

Music was performed by St Jacob's Chamber Choir, conducted by Cathedral Chaplain Gary Graden. Music was also performed by cathedral organist Mattias Wager and the Navy Music Corps.

Performance at Stockholm Concert Hall

In the evening, the Royal Family attended a performance at Stockholm Concert Hall to mark the opening of the Parliamentary Session.