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Special visits from royals mark Sweden’s National Day

On 6 June, the Swedish Royal Family celebrates Swedish National Day each year. The King and Queen were joined by several members of the family at celebrations at Skansen. 

King Carl Gustaf, Queen Silver, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Princess Estelle, Prince Oscar, Prince Carl Philip, and Princess Sofia were all at Skansen, an open-air museum in Stockholm to celebrate Swedish National Day. 

The Crown Princess and her family and Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia arrived in carriages. The whole family met with well-wishers. 

King Carl Gustaf made a speech where he highlighted the importance of the day. He said: “National Day is more than a festival at Skansen and a free day in the calendar. It is a reminder of our history and culture, our shared values, and our drive for a better future- together.

Queen Silvia and the other ladies in the family were dressed in Sverigedräkten, a traditional Swedish ensemble. The Queen of Sweden usually wears it for this holiday, and the Crown Princess and other women have taken to also wearing it. The folk costume was designed by a controversial designer, Märta Jörgensen, in the early 20th century when Swedish nationalism was exploding. 

In the evening, King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia hosted a reception at the Royal Palace in Stockholm for members of parliament, the government, and members of the diplomatic corps. 

Earlier in the day, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel were in Nykvarn municipality in Södermanland to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

Swedish National Day was first celebrated in 1916 to mark the anniversary of King Gustaf Vasa in 1523. It was given its name in 1983 but did not become an official public holiday until 2005. 

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