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Carl XVI Gustaf presents the King’s Medal

King Carl Gustaf King's Medal
Photo by Jonas Borg/Kungl. Hovstaterna

His Majesty King carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden has presented “His Majesties The King’s Medal” and “Litteris et Artibus” awards at a ceremony in the White Sea Room at the Royal Palace in Stockholm.

At the medal ceremony, on September 13th 2021, the awards were handed to the people who were officially awarded medals by the King on Sweden’s National Day, June 6, back in 2020. Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden also attended the medal ceremony.

His Majesties The King’s Medal, formerly known as the Court Medal, from the first half of the 19th century is awarded for special merits in society. The medal Litteris et Artibus was established in 1853 and is awarded for outstanding artistic contributions in mainly music, stage production and literature.

A total of 24 men and woman received His Majesties the King’s Medal. Some of the most notable included County Governor Anders Danielsson, for outstanding initiatives in Swedish public administration and Professor Gunnel Engwall, for meritorious contributions within the Swedish university system. Author and professor Leif G. W. Persson, was recognised for outstanding educational efforts as a criminologist and Priest Marika Markovits, for meritorious social efforts. Director Bob Persson, for outstanding initiatives in Swedish business, was also honoured alongside many others.

Four people received the medal Litteris et Artibus. They were musician Per Gudmundson, for outstanding artistic contributions as a musician, atress Sissela Kyle, for outstanding artistic contributions as an actor and theater director, singer Ingrid Tobiasson, for outstanding artistic contributions as an opera singer and actor Johan Ulveson, for outstanding artistic contributions as an actor.

Swedish royal medals are awarded mainly to Swedish citizens by His Majesty the King for outstanding contributions to society and also as a memory of significant people or important events. In contrast to the cross shape of the orders, the Swedish medals are round or oval. On the front they often have a picture in relief and on the back there is a text, which indicates the purpose for which the medal was awarded.

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written five books on historical subjects and more than 700 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.