The Swedish Royal Family attended the annual Representation Day dinner, or Representationsmiddag, on Thursday at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia were in attendance. Crown Princess Victoria was at an event in Germany, while Princess Madeleine and her family remained at their home in London.
Those invited included “representatives of diplomatic powers, parliament, government, government, science, sport, business, culture and people who travel with the Royal Family,” according to the Royal Court. The guest list included Agustín Gasca Pliego, Ambassador of Mexico; Olof Skoog, Sweden’s Ambassador to Indonesia; Victor Tatarintsev, Ambassador of the Russian Federation; Margareta Thorgren, Royal Court Information Chief; and Professor Mathias Uhlén.
Dinner was served in Karl XI’s Gallery, and the menu consisted of things like buttered cod fillet with baked fennel, potato stew, garlic ham and white wine sauce, fried quail, fried apricot and wild chilli flavoured with spices and plum sorbet. The glassware from Kosta, which was given to the King and Queen for their wedding in 1976, was used, as was Gustaf VI Adolf’s tablecloths and napkins, which were woven in Ireland in 1959.
Earlier in the day, the King and Queen held various meetings with King Carl XVI Gustaf’s Foundation for Scientific Research for the King and Queen Silvia’s Foundation for Research and Education for the Queen. His Majesty also met Kjell Gehammar and two representatives from the Swedish Ski Association: Mats Årjes and Lotte Jernberg.
Princess Madeleine and her family are due to return to Stockholm next week ahead of her nephew, Prince Gabriel’s christening on 1 December. He is the second child of her older brother, Prince Carl Philip and his wife, Princess Sofia. Madeleine is expected to be one of the Prince’s godparents.