The King presents the 2018 Polar Music Prize

On Thursday 14 June, The King presented the 2018 Polar Music Prize to the Afghanistan National Institute of Music and Metallica during a ceremony at the Grand Hôtel in Stockholm.

Performers during the ceremony included the Polar Music Prize Band conducted by Svante Henryson, singer Loreen, composer Loney Dear, Ghost, Candlemass, Vargas & Lagola, singer Aryana Sayeed and musician Tuva Syvertsen.

The King presents the 2018 Polar Music Prize to Metallica's Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo. Photo: Annika Berglund/The Polar Music Prize

The King presents the 2018 Polar Music Prize to Metallica's Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo. Photo: Annika Berglund/The Polar Music Prize

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The King presents the 2018 Polar Music Prize to Dr Ahmad Sarmast, founder of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music. Aryana Sayeed, who read out the jury's statements, is also pictured. Photo: Annika Berglund/The Polar Music Prize

The King presents the 2018 Polar Music Prize to Dr Ahmad Sarmast, founder of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music. Aryana Sayeed, who read out the jury's statements, is also pictured. Photo: Annika Berglund/The Polar Music Prize

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The Crown Princess and Prince Daniel arrive at the ceremony. Photo: Annika Berglund/The Polar Music Prize

The Crown Princess and Prince Daniel arrive at the ceremony. Photo: Annika Berglund/The Polar Music Prize

The Prince Couple and Princess Madeleine outside the Grand Hôtel, where the prize-giving ceremony was held. Photo: Annika Berglund/The Polar Music Prize

The Prince Couple and Princess Madeleine outside the Grand Hôtel, where the prize-giving ceremony was held. Photo: Annika Berglund/The Polar Music Prize

After the award ceremony, a banquet was held at the Grand Hôtel.

The Queen with Metallica's bassist Robert Trujillo during the subsequent banquet in the Grand Hôtel's winter gardens. Photo: Annika Berglund/The Polar Music Prize

The Queen with Metallica's bassist Robert Trujillo during the subsequent banquet in the Grand Hôtel's winter gardens. Photo: Annika Berglund/The Polar Music Prize

The Polar Music Prize

The Polar Music Prizeexternal link, opens in new window was instituted in 1989 by Stig 'Stickan' Andersson, and the first prize-giving ceremony was held in 1992.