Yesterday, the Swedish Royal Family attended the annual celebrations for The National Day of Sweden (Sveriges nationaldag in Swedish). Alongside King Carl Gustaf was his wife, Queen Silvia, and children Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Carl Philip, and Princess Madeleine with their spouses and children. However, Madeleine’s husband, Christopher O’Neill was not able to attend due to work commitments back in London. Their two children Princess Leonore and Prince Nicolas were also not in attendance.
The celebrations included a reception at The Royal Palace and the traditional carriage ride and appearance by the royal family at the Skansen Museum. The female members dressed in traditional Swedish clothing. Today was a busy day for the royal family as the King and Queen were involved in the inauguration of Sofiero’s 150th anniversary celebrations, as well. More, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel attended the citizenship ceremony at Nacka Town Hall, and Prince Carl Philip also attended the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.
The Crown Princess spoke with the new Swedish citizens and gave a speech welcoming them officially to their new home. In her speech, she told them, “Today is a solemn day. Today we welcome you as a new Swedish citizens. But the National Day also calls for reflection by all Swedes. Old and new. Many people have come to our country. In a time of conflict and distress, Sweden is a sanctuary. A safe place in a troubled world. It is a valuable reminder to appreciate and to uphold the values that are the basis for Sweden’s prosperity.”
The 6th of June holds different historical meanings for Sweden. In 1523, Gustav Vasa was elected Sweden’s king, which ended the union with Denmark. Further, from the 1890s patriotic celebrations were organized by the Skansen open air museum in Stockholm. On 6 June 1809, Sweden adopted a new constitution, and it did the same again in 1974. It started out as The Swedish Flag Day in 1916. National Day was first recognized by the government officially in 1983. However, it did not become a public holiday until 2005.
Earlier in the day, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Sofia, and nearly 2 month old Prince Alexander officially opened the Royal Palace of Stockholm to the public. This is another tradition held annually on this day. Last year, the Marshall of the Realm, Svante Lindqvist, had the honour. Other members of the Swedish Royal Family have opened it in previous years, including Princess Madeline, Christopher O’Neill, and 4 month old Princess Leonore in 2014.
The Royal Court also released four new photographs of Princess Estelle and her younger brother, Prince Oscar – who was just born in March. In one adorable photo, they are snapped alongside their mother, Crown Princess Victoria in the garden of Haga Palace. A picture of Estelle in the traditional Swedish dress has been released every year since 2013, when she was just one year old.