The King attends the Royal Palace Sprint

On Thursday 11 February, The King opened the Royal Palace Sprint and then watched the cross-country skiing world cup competition that takes place around the Royal Palace of Stockholm.

The King welcomed all those present to the Royal Palace Sprint, saying:

"Today's competition will be watched by millions of TV viewers around the world. It is also pleasing to see that so many have come here to watch it. I know that it means a lot to the competitors. I also hope that many of you will take the opportunity to try the course around the palace yourselves this weekend. And, of course, to cheer on a new generation of skiers at the children's Vasaloppet race on Saturday!

"I would particularly like to convey my gratitude to the Swedish Ski Association and the officials. Thanks to you, both world-class skiers and the public can ski here in the centre of Stockholm. Thank you for all your efforts!"

During the opening of the eleventh Royal Palace Sprint. Photo:

The world cup competition then took place.

Norwegians Maiken Caspersen Falla and Ingvild Flugstad Østberg came first and second respectively in the ladies' sprint, with Sweden's Stina Nilsson taking third place.

The men's sprint was won by Russia's Nikita Kriukov, beating Norway's Ola Vigen Hattestad and Petter Northug.

The finish line for the ladies' semi-final. Photo: