His Royal Highness Prince Daniel of Sweden, the husband of Crown Princess Victoria, was forced to cancel his appearance at the Swedish Sports Awards Gala last night. He has caught a severe cold from Crown Princess Victoria, who was also forced to cancel two days worth of engagements on Sunday and Monday. His brother and sister-in-law Their Royal Highnesses Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia were able to attend the ceremony as scheduled at Ericsson Globe Arena.
Margareta Thorgren, Head of Information at the Court, stated, “The Crown Princess Family has a cold. With respect for all the athletes, the prince has chosen not to attend the evening’s gala. It’s because he has a heavily cold.”
She was asked if Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar were also ill but would not comment.
Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia walked the red carpet into the building ahead of the event and joined the other guests, including Sarah Sjöström and Anja Pärson, inside. Both the Prince and Princess delivered awards during the ceremony, which was broadcast live on SVT.
Members of the Swedish Royal Family are known to regularly attend the Swedish Sports Awards Gala with Prince Carl Philip attending almost every year since 2010; since he married Sofia, she has also joined him. However, the couple did not participate last year as they were in South Africa on a private holiday. Prince Daniel went in their place.
The Swedish Sports Awards Gala first began in 2000 and is held annually to honour Swedish sports and athletes’ achievements over the previous year. They also honour those who died over the year before. SVT broadcasts the ceremony each year. Awards include Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year, Coach of the Year, Performance of the Year and the Lifetime Achievement Award.