King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden has released a message to the Swedish public encouraging them in the midst of the upsurge in COVID-19 cases in the country.
The King released his message from Drottningholm Palace, where he and Queen Silvia reside. He said: “We must all take our responsibility and continue the joint efforts and efforts to stop the spread of infection. Hold on. Hold on!”
King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia will now undertake their engagements virtually, whenever possible, from Drottningholm Palace. The Swedish Royal Court made the announcement along with His Majesty’s statement.
It was also confirmed yesterday that the King and Queen’s youngest child, Princess Madeleine, and her family will not be able to travel home to Sweden for Christmas. The family resides in Florida, and travelling is not advised.
The Swedish Royal Family’s communications manager, Margareta Thorgren, stated the following to the Swedish magazine Svenskdam: “Princess Madeleine lives in Florida and there are stricter restrictions. The family respects them. Therefore, it is not possible for the princess to travel and they cannot come home for Christmas.”