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Sweden’s royals set to honour COVID victims

Photo: Sara Friberg/Royal Court, Sweden

Members of the Swedish Royal Family are set to honour those who have died from COVID-19 in a memorial service at the Royal Chapel at Drottningholm Palace this evening.

King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Princess Christina and Tord Magnuson will be in attendance. Bishop Johan Dalman and Pastor Michael Bjerkhagen will lead the vigil. The Royal Court’s organist Mary Ljungquist Hén will lead the music.

The service was the idea of the King, who wanted to honour the victims of the virus. The 11th of March marks one year since the first death in Sweden from the coronavirus. In total, close to 13,000 Swedes have died from the virus.

SVT said in a press release about the ceremony: “At the moment that now prevails in society and the world, the Royal Family gathers for a simple service together with the Swedish people via this TV service, to gain faith in the future, hope and strength in what is now ours and the world.”

The memorial service will be broadcast on SVT 1 at 18:45.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.