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GALLERY: A look at Sweden’s previous National Day celebrations

By Bengt Nyman - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons

With a slimmed-down 2020 National Day ahead, we are taking a look at previous National Day celebrations in Sweden with the Royal Family.

The females in the family always dress in the traditional Swedish dress and the family rides in carriages to Skansen for a concert. They later host a reception at the Royal Palace, which is officially opened for the summer by a member of the family earlier in the day. The King and Queen and Crown Princess Couple also attend other ceremonies throughout the morning to mark the holiday with the Crown Princess and Prince Daniel usually attending a citizenship ceremony.

This year, the concert at Skansen and the reception have been cancelled, and the other events are still up in the air due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Let’s take a look at what a normal National Day has looked like over the years:


By Andy Eick – 15 groups for Swedish Flag Day at Skansen June 6, 1965, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons


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Prince Carl Philip and Princess Madeleine open the Royal Palace. By Jacob Truedson Demitz, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons


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Photo: Kate Gabor, The Royal Court, Sweden


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Photo: Erika Gerdemark, The Royal Court, Sweden



About author

Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites.