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.
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.
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.