On Thursday, it was time for the annual Polar Music Prize in Stockholm, Sweden. As according to the tradition, the Royal family was present.
The Polar Music Prize or “Polarpriset” can be considered as the Nobel Prize for music. Every year in June the 2 prizes are awarded: one for an artist in popular music and one for an artist in classical music. The winners both receive 1 million SEK each. Just like the other Nobel Prizes, the Polar Music Prize is traditionally awarded by His Majesty the King. The nominations and laureates are selected by the Award Committee comprising of experienced members of the music industry, representatives from the Anderson family (founder), musicians, and previous Laureates.
This year the awards were given to Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, better known by his artist name Sting, and jazz musician Wayne Shorter at the Concert Hall in Stockholm. Sting told Expressen: “It means a lot. I am surprised, grateful and honored.”
The Royal Family was represented by King Carl Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Princess Madeleine and Prince Carl Philip. Missing was Princess Sofia who is 6 months pregnant and Christopher O’Neill. Christopher stayed in London due to work commitments. The King’s nephew Gustaf Magnuson and his wife Vicky Andrén also attended the show. It was also very surprising to see Princess Christina and her husband Tord Magnuson arriving. The Princess is being treated for leukaemia and recently underwent a stem cell transplantation.
The royal family arrived in the afternoon to participate in the official ceremony. The family was fully dressed for the occasion. Princess Madeleine looked stunning in a custom-made dress with pink flowers by Ida Sjöstedt (Princess Sofia’s wedding dress designer). Crown Princess Victoria wore an elegant grey gown by Diana Orving. Afterwards, the laureates are celebrated with a grand banquet at the Grand Hôtel in Stockholm. The full ceremony will be broadcasted at 8 pm local time on TV4.