Sweden’s Royal Family hosts the annual Swedish Dinner at Royal Palace

The Swedish Royal Family received representatives from all over the country on Friday at the annual Swedish Dinner held at the Royal Palace. The Swedish Dinner aims to pay tribute to people who have made significant contributions in Sweden.

On Friday evening, the Royal Family hosted around 170 guests for dinner at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. The guests consisted of representatives from the world of culture, business, education, sports and other various associations. These people came from the 21 Swedish counties on the recommendation of their governors.

Photo: Henrik Garlöv, Kungahuset.se

Upon their arrival, the guests were greeted by the King, the Queen, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia. Princess Madeleine and her family have recently emigrated to Florida and thus could not be there to welcome the guests.

Photo: Henrik Garlöv, Kungahuset.se

The music choir of the Marine then led the guests through the Eastern staircase upstairs to the White Sea Room where the actual dinner took place. The most important guests from each county were seated next to a member of the Swedish Royal Family. The royals and their guests were served a three-course menu:


Roast beef veal with leek cream, fried capers,
semi-dried tomatoes and salad


Buttered turbot with fried edible roots, roasted cauliflower,
champagne sauce and potato puree with black autumn truffle


Chocolate brownie with blueberry mousse, brine,
blueberry bavaroise and chocolate sorbet


After dinner, attendees were invited to join the Royal Family at the Bernadotte Gallery where coffee and biscuits were served. The royals then left the dinner; after which this year’s Swedish Dinner came to an end.

Photo: Henrik Garlöv, Kungahuset.se

The Swedish Dinner is an annual form of entertainment which was introduced following King Carl XVI Gustaf’s 40th anniversary on the throne in 2013. The porcelain used during the dinners was a gift from the Swedish government for the 70th birthday of His Majesty the King. The occasion aims to honour the people who have made significant efforts for Sweden.

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Laura is from Belgium and has a passion for all things royal. She has a bachelor's degree in political sciences and is pursuing a master's degree in EU-Studies. She is Europe Correspondent for Royal Central since October 2016 and has contributed to other news websites such as Ok Diario.