The summer is in full swing but the Swedish Royal Family is getting back to work. This week, Prince Carl Philip of Sweden attended the digital opening of the nature photo exhibition “Royal National City Park – 25 Years”. The exhibition, with 28 curated photographs, will be on show in Stockholm until 13 September 2020.
In a two-minute long video, the prince opened the exhibition. He talked a bit about the history of the park and the history of the royal family’s associations with the park. The prince said: “I myself have a great interest in both nature and photography. And when I had the opportunity to see this exhibition in advance, it struck me that they are not only beautiful, but they also show the incredible diversity we find in this park “.
Carl Philip attended alone and Princess Sofia wasn’t with her husband at this event. Sofia often accompanies Carl Philip at such events, which has led the Swedish press to speculate as to why the princess was not present.
The Royal Court has stated that: “The prince has been asked to inaugurate the exhibition. It is also in the prince’s interest in photography and art, the question of attendance was only addressed to the prince”.
In the spring of 1995, King Carl Gustaf opened the world’s first national city park. A national city park is a unique historical landscape of importance to the national cultural heritage, for the ecology of an urban area and for human recreation. Unlike national parks and many nature reserves, it is a requirement that is located in an urbanized environment.
The area of Stockholm`s national city park dates back to 1452 when King Karl Knutsson Bonde converted the island of Södra Djurgården to a royal park. Many kings have personally left their mark on the park; Johan III was the one who created a royal zoo there in the 1570s. One hundred years later, Charles XI made the area to a larger royal hunting park. Jakob de La Gardie built a castle there in the 1640s. In the 18th century, Gustav III created an English park landscape there.