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Old 09-16-2013, 11:51 PM
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Opening of Parliament 2013

Opening of the Parliament (Riksdag) on 17th September

Attendance at a service in connection with the Opening of the Parliamentary Session, Stockholm Cathedral, Stockholm
Participants: King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Madeleine, Mr Christopher O'Neill

Attendance at the Opening of the Parliamentary Session, the Riksdag, Stockholm
Participants: King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Madeleine, Mr Christopher O'Neill

Attendance at a performance of The Magic Flute in connection with the Opening of the Parliamentary Session, the Royal Swedish Opera, Stockholm
Participants: King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Madeleine, Mr Christopher O'Neill

The program:
12.30 p.m. Service with inter-religious elements in Storkyrkan (Stockholm Cathedral)
The members of the Royal Family will travel in procession from the Royal Palace and will arrive at Riksplan shortly before 2 p.m. where they will be met by the Speaker.
2–3 p.m Ceremony in the Chamber
7 p.m Performance at the Royal Swedish Opera
Programme for the opening of the Riksdag session on 17 September - riksdagen.se

You can watch the opening of the parliament from here (it starts at 13.25 swedish time when the guests start to arrive)
Riksmötets öppnande | SVT Play
Or from the website of the Parliament
Start - riksdagen.se

Expressen tells at their webpage that they will have a Live-TV at 11.00-11.30 and from 12.00, so obviously they will show the arrival to the church service. Probably Aftonbladet will have a Live-TV too, no info about that yet. We have to follow their websites to get the link when the Live-TV starts.
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Old 09-17-2013, 09:34 AM
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Here are some more pics of today's opening:



** lehtikuva.fi gallery: Ruotsin kuningasperhe valtiopäivien avajaisissa **


** svenskdam.se: Kungafamiljen på gudstjänst innan riksmötet ** translation **
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Old 09-17-2013, 10:19 AM
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Old 09-17-2013, 10:30 AM
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My goodness! They look more like they are at a funeral! And is there any significance for the empty chair between the king and Victoria?
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Old 09-17-2013, 11:07 AM
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My goodness! They look more like they are at a funeral! And is there any significance for the empty chair between the king and Victoria?
To me they look quite normal, here in Finland the dress code is also dark suite and black outfits for women at the opening of the Parliament. I could not think that people would wear colourful outfits at the opening of the Parliament, it is one of the most important events of the year in political life and then you dress in black or at least dark clothes, some white can also be used. Otherwise the event would lack all the dignity. But in Sweden it seems there is some change going on since some people wore colourful outfits.
The chair between the king and Victoria wasn't empty, the Speaker of the Parliament, Per Westerberg sat in it.
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Old 09-17-2013, 11:09 AM
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Queen Silvia chose to wear black outfits with some white details to honor the traditional Swedish court dress that was used during the opening of parlament and that was abolished in the 70-ties (?).


Nice that Chris and Madelaine stayed around for the opening of parlament.
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My goodness! They look more like they are at a funeral! And is there any significance for the empty chair between the king and Victoria?
The empty chair belongs to the speaker of the house, Per Westerberg, and he was speaking when the pic was taken :-)

And the somber clothes are left overs from when the parliament was opened at the palace and the women wore the black and white court dress (until 1974).
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Old 09-17-2013, 11:20 AM
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Queen Silvia chose to wear black outfits with some white details to honor the traditional Swedish court dress that was used during the opening of parlament and that was abolished in the 70-ties (?).


Nice that Chris and Madelaine stayed around for the opening of parlament.
Madeleine was planned to stay in Sweden until September 25, when she has the last event in her calendar. Chris has prolonged his stay and will attend at the reception on Thursday.
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Cobblestones on many Stockholm streets are famous for chewing up women's heels. Glad the King had a firm grip on the Queen's hand and saved the moment.
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Old 09-17-2013, 12:11 PM
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Queen Silvia's heel got stuck in the trolley stairs when she would leave the rig. But King Carl Gustaf stepped in and helped her keep balance.
Drottning Silvia tappade skon | Inrikes | SvD
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My goodness! They look more like they are at a funeral! And is there any significance for the empty chair between the king and Victoria?
You took the words right out of my mouth!!! These pics are hysterical, everyone is either half asleep, asleep, or looking like they want to be anywhere else but where they are LOL!!!!
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You took the words right out of my mouth!!! These pics are hysterical, everyone is either half asleep, asleep, or looking like they want to be anywhere else but where they are LOL!!!!
Since it is a dignified and solemn event, it is understandable that they look serious. Victoria and Daniel had a little fun though.
http://kuvakauppa.lehtikuva.fi/edori...66f11aa3f5cfd5
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Riksmötet har öppnat | Politik | Politik

At the carriage
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The always so cheerful director of the press department, Bertil Ternert
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In the evening, at the Royal Swedish Opera
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[QUOTE=LadyFinn;1600309] Victoria and Daniel had a little fun though.
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Yes, but her father doesn 't look too impressed with them though.
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You took the words right out of my mouth!!! These pics are hysterical, everyone is either half asleep, asleep, or looking like they want to be anywhere else but where they are LOL!!!!
Yes, that's what I was talking about! Obviously not the most stimulating of events. Although I must say I appreciate the background information about the dress code, and the empty seat. Thank you.
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Old 09-18-2013, 10:18 AM
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From the evening
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Victoria and Daniel had a little fun though. Yes, but her father doesn 't look too impressed with them though.
True! His eyes seem to be telling them off.
I wondered on several occasions about the feelings of the king towards his children, and generally come to the conclusion that his main feelings are just frustration: something like "how can I make myself more attractive?"

If I understood it correctly, while they were on the balcony on Sunday, there were some wishes from the crowd to Daniel, who had his birthday. I think he witdrew himself rather quickly to stop them, but still I doubt the king appreciated.
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Here's one more gallery from yesterday:


** pp: Famille royale de Suède: Victoria et Madeleine subliment la rentrée du Parlement **
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