As the traditional gala and awarding of the Nobel Prizes could not take place in person this year, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden has sent a video greeting to the Noble Laureates on what would have been the day of the glamorous events. However, a small ceremony took place yesterday in the Golden Hall of Stockholm City Hall.
From the Royal Palace in Stockholm and with Queen Silvia at his side, the King spoke in English to this year’s winners, who were presented their awards earlier in the week in their home countries.
His Majesty’s speech focused on COVID-19 and the challenges the world has faced in 2020; he praised scientists for their work in combating the virus and expressed his hope that they are able to visit Sweden in the future.
King Carl Gustaf’s full speech can be read below:
“Esteemed Nobel Laureates,
“Wherever you are in the world, I hope this message from the Royal Palace in Stockholm finds you well.
“This is indeed a different Nobel Prize ceremony, at the end of a very different year.
“The global pandemic has affected the whole world. It presents new challenges for individuals and societies. And it has also shone a light on the important role of science:
“While countries have been focused on closing their borders, scientists around the world have been working together like never before to understand the COVID-19 virus and to develop a vaccine.
“At a time like this, it feels more important than ever to celebrate those who, in the words of the great donor Alfred Nobel, ‘… have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind.’
“Esteemed laureates, I offer you my warmest congratulations on your outstanding contributions.
“And I very much hope to see you here in Stockholm in the future.”