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You can ring in the new year at Stockholm Palace

It is said that what you do in the first hour of the New Year will be what you do for most of the year. Next year could finally see your royal dreams coming true, as the Royal Palace in Stockholm is giving you the chance to ring in 2017 like royalty, with a big New Year’s Eve Concert in the Royal Chapel.

“On the last day of the year, we welcome you to the Royal Chapel at the Royal Palace for a free concert by the Music Corps. Admission is free, but tickets must be picked up in good time before the concert, as the concert tends to be crowded,” the official website of the Royal Family posted recently.

The Music Corps is the largest professional orchestra of the Armed Forces and is a proud bearer of the military music traditions of gardesmusikkårerna in Stockholm. The army band often performs at State ceremonial events, including royal audiences, state visits and guard parades, and also holds a number of concerts. The Music Corps is an extremely flexible orchestra and can appear as a big parade marching band, symphonic band, octet, brass sextet, folk ensemble, brass quintet, wind quintet, saxophone quartet, big band or ensemble formations depending on the requirements of the performance.

The concert will start at 2 pm Central European Time (which is 1 pm GMT), on Saturday, December 31st.

The Royal Palace, also known as the Stockholm Palace, is the official residence of the King and Queen of Sweden. It seven floors, with over 600 rooms, and is a daily place of work for Their Majesties and the various departments that make up the Royal Court.

In addition to being a royal residence, the Palace is also a historical monument, and unlike other royal residences in Europe, is open to visitors year round. Visitors can admire the splendour of the Royal Apartments, as well as take in the history in the Palace’s three museums; the Treasury with the regalia, the Tre Kronor Museum that portrays the Palace’s medieval history and Gustav III’s Museum of Antiquities.

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