Swedish royals host dinner for Nobel winners

Last evening, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden hosted a dinner for the Nobel Laureates at the Royal Palace of Stockholm alongside Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Sofia, and Princess Christina. The traditional black tie dinner is always hosted by the King the day after the Nobel prizes are awarded in Stockholm.

The festivities last night began with a small reception hosted by the Swedish Royal Family in Prince Bertil’s Apartment for the Nobel winners and their partners. Later the group moved to the White Sea Ballroom to greet the other guests. 

The other notable guests represented the Riksdag (Parliament), the Swedish government, Diplomatic Corps, Academies, Research and Science, the Nobel Foundation and many others.

Dinner was then served in Karl XI’s Gallery. Guests dined on Pernod-dusting lobster soup
with crispy vegetables and dill oil, baked roasting with roasted yellow beans, cream on parsnip
and potatoes, and a lemon sauce, herb fried herring saddle from the royal hunt with ragu
on puylinser, artichoke and wild sauce with black truffles, and glace au four with the taste of winter apples.

Queen Silvia and Chemist George P. Smith. Photo: Sara Friberg / Kungl. Royal Court

Tables were decorated with the Brazilian service – its name is derived from its previous owners, the Brazilian Imperial Family.

The Swedish Royal Court also explained, “The linen on the table is called Unionlinnet and is weaved in 1891 in the French city of Lille.

“The glassware is from Kosta with the design of Sigurd Persson, a gift to the royal couple in connection with the 1976 wedding.”

Upon entering Karl XI’s Gallery, the King walked with chemist Frances H. Arnold, while the Queen walked with chemist George P. Smith. The Crown Princess and Prince Daniel entered withTasuko Honjo and Marcelle Mourou (the spouse of physicist Gérard Mourou), respectively. Prince Carl Philip escorted Donna Strickland to the table, while Princess Sofia was accompanied by William D. Nordhaus. Lastly, the King’s sister, Princess Christina was escorted by James P. Allison.

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