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Sweden’s royals raise the flag for the country’s National Day

Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Princess Estelle, Prince Oscar

The King and Queen of Sweden have started celebrations for their country’s National Day with a flag ceremony. Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Carl Philip then followed with similar ceremonies as the Royal Family began a series of events for the special day.

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia were filmed watching Sweden’s flag being raised in a special ceremony at their current home of Stenhammar Palace, around 120 miles from Stockholm where they would normally celebrate National Day. The couple have been living there since the coronavirus pandemic took hold. They watched as a member of the military set the flag flying at full mast.

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden on the morning of National Day 2020
Kungahuset Instagram Still/ Fair Use

Crown Princess Victoria and her family also shared a video of them celebrating. However, the flag raising at their home of Haga Slott was left to Prince Daniel who took control of the ceremony with help from his wife and their two children, Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar.

Princess Sofia took charge of raising the flag at a ceremony in the grounds of the home she shares with Prince Carl Philip. The couple’s two young sons, Prince Alexander and Prince Gabriel, were seen watching as their parents finished their tribute.

Princess Sofia walks with Prince Gabriel and Prince Alexander as they get ready to raise Sweden’s flag for National Day 2020
(Kungahuset Instagram Still/ Fair Use)

Videos of the events were shared on the official Swedish Royal Family’s Instagram stories. A video of Sweden’s flag flying over Stockholm was added to the royal Facebook page.

Sweden’s National Day will look very different this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Many events are moving online including the traditional opening of the Royal Palace. Instead of welcoming visitors in through the doors, Crown Princess Victoria has recorded a series of online tours of the royal residence in Stockholm which are being shared on the official social media.

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Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton who is a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. Her latest book, A History of British Royal Jubilees, is out now. Her new book, The Mysterious Death of Katherine Parr, will be published in March 2024. June is an award winning reporter, producer and editor. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.