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Prince Daniel packs out diary with important digital engagements


Photo: Erika Gerdemark, Royal Court, Sweden

During the pandemic, most royal families have seen their public agendas shrink due to the risk of becoming infected with Covid-19. Most royal visits have been replaced by virtual meetings. Prince Daniel of Sweden, Crown Princess Victoria’s husband, has stepped up the use of video greetings and he started present at as many as 3 events combined.

On Sunday November 22nd, Prince Daniel participated in the Teachers’ Gala. At this year’s gala, the fifth in a row, Prince Daniel awarded the prize to “High School Teacher of the Year”, which went to Gabriella Zitting, vocational teacher in the care and nursing programme at Drottning Blanka’s high school in Enskededalen. More than 33,000 students had nominated more than 10,000 teachers for the Teachers’ Gala. The Crown Princess Couple’s Foundation supports the Teachers’ Gala. The foundation also participated in the jury work at the newly established prize “Heart of the Year”, which is awarded in collaboration with Friends.

On Monday November 23rd 2020, there were two digital visits. Prince Daniel first gave a speech to the new police assistants who have now begun their service in the Swedish Police. Due to the pandemic, the Police Authority this autumn did not have the opportunity to arrange major graduation ceremonies for the newly graduated police assistants. Instead, smaller ceremonies have been arranged in the local police areas for the new police assistants and Prince Daniel sent them a video greeting.

In his speech to the new members of the police, Prince Daniel said: “The Crown Princess and I have had the privilege of visiting many police operations in several parts of our country. We are always filled with admiration and respect for the police we meet. We know that the public makes great demands on you, but we also know that you make at least equal high demands on yourself.”

Following the greeting to the police, Prince Daniel participated in the organization “A Healthy Generation’s” digital partner meeting. During the meeting, questions were raised about the consequences of the pandemic on children’s long-term health.

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.