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Nobel Prize 2016 in Sweden

Yesterday, Norwegian and Swedish royals honoured the Nobel Peace Prize recipients. One of Royal Central’s Europe Correspondents, Oskar Aanmoen, was at the Norwegian events for the Nobel Peace Prize yesterday. You can read his account here.

The day in Sweden started off with the 2016 Nobel Prize ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall. Then the family attended the 2016 Nobel Banquet with the honourees in the Blue Hall at the Stockholm City Hall. One member of the Swedish Royal Family was unable to attend yesterday’s Nobel events, Princess Christina, due to the cancer battle she is currently fighting.

There were close to 1,300 guests at this year’s dinner who included the Swedish Royal Family, Nobel winners and their families, representatives of the government and parliamentary parties. Clarinetist Martin Frost and musician Magnus Lindgren performed during the banquet with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and the Adolf Fredrik Girls Choir. They were directed by Linus Fellbom.

King Carl XVI Gustaf handed out each of the awards to the laureates, and one from each category was allowed to give a speech. Professor F. M. Duncan Haldane spoke in the physics category while Professor J. Fraser Stoddart spoke in the chemistry category. Professor of Medicine, Yoshinori Ohsumi spoke and Azita Rajis, the United States ambassador to Sweden and economics professor Oliver Hart spoke on behalf of award winner Bob Dylan who was unable to attend.

Usually, after the banquet, the Royal Family meets the Nobel Prize winners in the Prince’s Gallery. However, this year the family had originally chosen to join the other guests in the Golden Hall for mingling and dancing. The Swedish Royal Court’s Communications Director, Margareta Thorgren explained the reasoning of this to Swedish
newspaper Expressen, “The Royal Family will now have the opportunity to talk and interact with Nobel Laureates, but also with the other guests at the banquet.”

Unfortunately, according to Expressen, the family did not end up hitting the dance floor as expected, but Prince Daniel was seen chatting with guests and taking a couple selfies outside of the Prince’s Gallery.

The Swedish Royal Family dressed in their finest for the day’s festivities. Queen Silvia wore a sparkling gown and the Leuchtenberg Sapphire Parure Tiara. Her daughter, Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Madeleine wore a custom gown by H&M with the Napoleonic Steel Cut Tiara and a pink Fadi el Khoury gown with the Connaught Tiara, respectively. Princess Sofia wore a custom made green gown by the House of Dagmar. Sofia also wore a steel diadem, which she borrowed from Crown Princess Victoria’s private collection.

Today, they will all attend the King’s dinner for the Nobel Laureates at the Royal Palace, and on Monday, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Crown Princess Victoria will hold an audience for Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize 2016.

Since 1901, there have been 579 Nobel Peace Prize awards handed out to 911 laureates. The Nobel Peace Prize is handed out each year on the 10 December in memory of Alfred Nobel, a Swedish inventor, businessman, philanthropist, and the namesake of the award, who died on 10 December 1896.

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