Swedish Royal Family marks National Day

Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

The Swedish Royal Family has marked National Day in traditional fashion.

The day began with King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia travelling to Pajala in Norrbotten County where the King distributed flags and spoke to those assembled praising the municipality. There was also a ceremony with singing, dancing and theatrical performances.

The King and Queen also visited a family leather business, Kero Leather, to learn about its production.

Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel were in Nykvarn in Södermanland to help celebrate the municipality’s 25th anniversary.

During the celebrations, the Crown Princess addressed the public about an inclusive Sweden: “Let’s work together to build an even stronger and more inclusive country. A Sweden where everyone feels at home, a Sweden for which we all take responsibility.”

Back in Stockholm, Prince Carl Philip attended the Changing of the Guard at the Royal Palace.

In the evening, Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar joined their parents for the annual event at Skansen. They travelled in the horse-drawn carriage with their parents and joined King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia for the celebration. The King stressed the importance of protecting Sweden, its values and its tolerance.

He said: “As obvious as we have to defend our country, it is important that we continue to stand up for openness, tolerance, and everyone’s equal value.

“We do this by showing empathy and concern for our fellow human beings. And through a trust in our community. Together in our quest for peace and freedom. Here in Sweden. Here in the Nordics. You are forever free.”

National Day concluded with a reception at the Royal Palace in Stockholm for the government, official Sweden and diplomatic corps.

Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia joined the King, Queen, Crown Princess and Prince Daniel for the reception.

Unlike in previous years, the Royal Palace in Stockholm was not officially opened for the summer by a member of the Royal Family. Usually, everyone gets in free on National Day, but the event was cut from the schedule this year for budget reasons.

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Brittani Barger
Brittani is from the United States and has been researching, writing and reporting on the royals for over a decade. Successfully gaining exclusives and interviews with royals across the globe, Brittani left her role as an editor for another news site to help bring you Royal News. She's been seen on BBC World, WION News and other news programs to discuss the royal families.

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