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.