Sweden Celebrates National Day
Sweden yesterday celebrated their national day, with the Royal Family taking part in several events in Stockholm, Ånge and Skansen.
The day began with the traditional opening of the palace gates, which signals the beginning of the day’s Open Palace event, where entry into the Royal Palace of Stockholm is free. Princess Madeleine and Christopher O’Neill were given this task for 2014, and they brought their three-month-old daughter Leonore – dressed in the Swedish national costume – with them.
It was then on to Ånge, where King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia attended an outdoor pageant performed by the municipality’s citizens. The King gave a speech during the event, in which he spoke of the ties between all of the areas and people of Sweden. Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel were present at the citizenship ceremony in Solna, where sixty-five people were granted Swedish citizenship. The Crown Princess wore a bright blue dress paired with matching heels and a yellow statement necklace.
In the late afternoon, the royal family travelled via open carriage to the national day concert in Skagen from the Royal Palace of Stockholm. This year’s concert featured performances by Medina, Darin, Loreen, Ingá-Marét Gaup Juuso and Rickard Söderberg. All the women of the family were wearing national costume, and this was the first year Princess Madeleine wore the traditional headdress of a married woman.
The day ended with a reception at the Royal Palace hosted by the King.Filed under Sweden
Tagged Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, Christopher O'Neill, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, National Day, Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, Prince Daniel of Sweden, Princess Estelle of Sweden, Princess Leonore of Sweden, Princess Madeleine of Sweden, Queen Silvia of Sweden.