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I wonder if it is time for me to write a nice letter to the Palace....
Please do, and I would be the first to sign it! I've thought of doing the same every now and again, on various matters...
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Victoria .... choose something new, ageapropriate and elegant

Madeleine....
i think you forgot Carl Philip ... his hair looks like an unkempt garden.
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Maybe Queen Silvia herself will dress them for the Nobels! Just kidding (although Her Majesty always looks stunning and poised and elegant IMO). I think both Victoria and Madeline are in that stage of life where they haven't quite figured out the most flattering and appropriate way of dressing for public events is yet (although Miss M looked great at the Spanish wedding.) They're probably the best-looking of all the young single female royals of Europe (again, just my opinion!) and it's great when they get their fashions "right".
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I was wondering... If Prince Bernhard's funeral is on the day of the Nobel Prize Awards, will there be a member of the Swedish Royal Family there? It probably won't be on that day, but what would happen if it was?
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the funeral will be december 11, but there is one more nobel dinner then so maybe victoria will go.-..
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I was wondering... If Prince Bernhard's funeral is on the day of the Nobel Prize Awards, will there be a member of the Swedish Royal Family there? It probably won't be on that day, but what would happen if it was?
The Nobel Day (the day of the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony and Nobel Banquet) is on Friday 10 December, so it's one day before the funeral. The King also hosts a dinner for the Laureates at the Royal Palace of Stockholm every year, which usually takes place only days after the Nobel Day.

So, the Nobel Day is no problems - but it depends on when The King had planned to host his dinner this year. They might postphone it, or then have it earlier if possible. We'll see when next week's calendar is published. But I'm sure they want to attend Prince Bernhard's funeral - and they should do so, it would be the right thing to do.
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The whole family will attend!! Hurra!! (As we say in Sweden...)
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The whole family will attend!! Hurra!! (As we say in Sweden...)
Yes, this is really good news. So we can compare the looks of all Royal ladies. And some*, who weren´t extraordinary good dressed in 2004 (so far) could eliminate bad memories in the minds of some Royal watchers by wearing a stunning dress.


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... wearing a stunning dress.
I wonder if Madeleine will coordinate the colour and pattern of the dresses for the whole family this time around? It would be one way of reversing a flub of a year gone by.
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The funeral of Prince Bernard will take place in the morning and The Nobel Dinner will take place in the evening.So,King Carl Gustav and Queen Silvia will stay in The Netherlands for few hours and they will come back to attend the dinner in the evening.So,they will be so tired.
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In the interest of not forgetting about the winners of this year´s prizes, I thought I would post some of their photos. On the 7th of December, several of the winners held a news conference at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences which decides the Physics and Chemistry prizes. The recipients of the prize for Medicine held a news conference at the Karolinska Institute on the 7th as well. The recipients this year are:


Physics: David J. Gross, H. David Politzer and Frank Wilczek

Chemistry: Aaron Ciechanover and Avram Hershko and Irwin Rose

Economic Sciences:
Finn Kydland and Edward Prescott

Literature:
Elfriede Jelinek

Medicine:
Richard Axel and Linda Buck(Statue of Nobel behind her in photo)

Peace: Wangari Maathai

Jelinek videotaped her lecture and it was shown at the Swedish Academy on Tuesday. Horace Engdahl, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, will travel to Vienna later this month to present her the medal and diploma, along with the cash award of 10 million kronor ($1.478 million USD) that goes with it, in a ceremony at the Swedish ambassador's residence.
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Inbjuden till Nobelfesten - av kungen

Italienske Alessandro, 12, skrev ett brev - och blev gäst hos Carl XVI Gustaf


ROM.
I dag sätter sig 12-årige Alessandro på flyget till Stockholm.
I fickan har en inbjudan från Sveriges kung Carl Gustaf.
-Kom till Stockholm som min gäst så får du se Nobelprisutdelningen, skriver kungen.
Med på resan följer hela familjen med pappa Salvatore, mamma Carmela och lillebrorsan Mirko.
Det hela började med ett brev från Allesandro till Sverige:

"Drömmer om ett pris"
-Käre svenske kung, skrev Alessandro.
-Jag heter Alessandro Pitruzzelli och är 12 år. Min lärarinna har berättat för oss om Nobel och nu drömmer jag om att en dag få vinna ett av hans pris. Jag hoppas få träffa dig för jag vill utmana dig på ett schackparti, skrev Alessandro.
Några dagar senare kom ett tackbrev från kungens hov, med ett signerat foto.
Alessandro skrev ett nytt brev. I det förklarade han att det var dags att även barnen fick ett Nobelpris. Det borde gå till någon som gjort något stort för barn i nöd världen runt.
Vid det här laget hade nyheten om korrespondensen nått Italiens stora veckotidning Oggi, och Italiens klassiska barnsångsfestival, lo Zecchino d"Oro i Bologna.
Alessandro fick åka dit för att ta emot ett pris för sin idé inför miljoner tv-tittare - och träffa Sveriges ambassadör Staffan Wrigstad.
Han hade med sig en stor överraskning:
-Alessandro fick en bjudresa till Stockholm för hela familjen. Sveriges turistråd och SAS ställde upp, säger ambassadör Staffan Wrigstad till Aftonbladet.

Slipper bära frack
Därefter fick hovet veta vilken sensation kungens brevväxling orsakat i italienska media. Då kom inbjudan från kungen.
Alessandros stolte far Salvatore jobbar som murare i Milano, men har ett problem - han saknar frack.
Efter många förhandlingar på högsta nivå lär han klara sig med vanlig mörk kostym i Konserthuset.
Är man kung Carl Gustafs gäst är allt möjligt.

summery of the article above.

Italien boy is guast at the nobel this year on a invetion from the swedish king
At first he wrote a letter saying that he have red about the nobel and he want in the future win a nobel prize.i also said he one day wou.ld like to met the king and challange him in chess.he got a thank you letter first.
he then wrote a new letter asking the king to maek a childrens nobel prize for those who make the world better for children,
italien prees got hold of the letter corospondence and a children festival invited him to collect a prize there he met with the swedish ambasodor, the whole family got a trip to stockholm from SAS and turisrådet.
after this the court got notion of the press in italy and invited the boy and his family.
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Next year I will also write a letter to the king Well, I´m happy for this boy. This will be something he will never forget.
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summery of the article above.

Italien boy is guast at the nobel this year on a invetion from the swedish king
At first he wrote a letter saying that he have red about the nobel and he want in the future win a nobel prize.i also said he one day wou.ld like to met the king and challange him in chess.he got a thank you letter first.
he then wrote a new letter asking the king to maek a childrens nobel prize for those who make the world better for children,
italien prees got hold of the letter corospondence and a children festival invited him to collect a prize there he met with the swedish ambasodor, the whole family got a trip to stockholm from SAS and turisrådet.
after this the court got notion of the press in italy and invited the boy and his family.
Dude!! WHy did I not think of that???
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Everyone who is a part of this impressing organisation, are calm and radiates with confidence. Most things seem to be under control in Stockholm. But how is it then going for the Laureates in their respective home countries? This is something the attachés can tell us, they are lended out by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs to act as personal Aide-de-Camps for the Laureates during their stay in Stockholm. Seven women and three men, this time young diplomats who seize the opportunity to socialize with geniuses and attend the banquet.

When there is a role call for them at the Nobel Foundation, they get a wise word to bring with them from Michael Sohlman: In this mission, you are ours and not the Swedish Governments. And remember that the car from Freys hyrverk is the Laureates, not yours.

The attachés are to make contact with their respective Laureate, and gather information on everything from food preferences to special interest. The idea is that they will be at help from the time the Laureates land in Sweden, to the moment they are waved off.

- In the best cases, it will be friendship for life, says Michael Sohlman. See it as a chemical experiment.

Elisabeth Ahlberg and Charlotte Stenhammar from the company “Hela programmet” are stationed in the foyer of Grand Hôtel all week to be at help for the attachés. They look at the guest list with an experienced eye and immediately state that there are a lot of kids in the entourages this year. That means Junibacken, Skansen and ice-skating in Kungsträdgården.

Hairdresser- and barber appointments are another thing that needs to be taken care of. Some guests want to go to museums or Christmas bazaars. Nothing is impossible, not even to find a table for the whole family in Christmas times, should they want to go out to eat together.

When we meet the attachés next time, they have had contact with their respective Laureates. How is it going? Well, the men and Medicine winner Linda Buck are working on their Nobel Lectures while their partners have started to worry about the weather in Stockholm, and how many shirts they need to bring. (The Laureates are not to bring their own tails; instead the Nobel Foundation rents one for each ones, after they fill in a form with their measurements).

Several of this year’s Laureates have had special requests: Medicine winner Richard Axel wants to visit the Thielska Gallery. Economy winner Edward C Prescott has one grandchild with him who has a birthday and wonders if there are hamburgers. Physics winner David Politzer wants to visit Tom Tits Experiment Shop in Södertälje – will there be time for that? Physics winner David J Gross has an aunt who would like to play piano for the family – how do one find a suitable place for that? Something for his attaché Jamal Alassaad to think about.

A frequent Stockholm visitor like the Israeli Chemistry winner Aaron Ciechanover said to his attaché, Elisabeth Eklind, that it was unnecessary with a limousine – he will take the airport buss like always.

The attachés have walked around both the Concert Hall and the City Hall before the big day, to be prepared. They will tell the Laureates to leave the outdoor clothes with the chauffeur in the car, and they know where the toilets are. They also get to tell the guests that there is a smoking ban in the City Hall.

One big task that the Foundation takes care of with great ambition is the table placing in the Blue Hall. They have to meet special requests (the ex-wife cannot sit to close the new wife, this and that person only speaks French etc). Also, the ones who lay this giant puzzle in order have also noted where the person sat before, if invited previously. It will never happen like it once did for Prime Minister Tage Erlander, who in his diaries complained over that he for the fourth time in a row had to sit next to the same Mistress of the Robes, even though the room was filled with geniuses. Michael Sohlman believes that he has arranged at least one marriage by a fortunate placing.

When the Laureates have eaten in the Blue Hall, danced in the Golden Hall and said hello to the King and Queen in the Prince’s Gallery – they can go to the after party at the student’s party at the Royal Institute of Technology. It is called “nightcap”, and is usually very relaxed and nice. Finally, the Laureates get to relax and socialise with young people who understand science and research. The chauffeurs wait in the cars until the tired Nobel Laureate wishes to return to the hotel.

The last thing on the schedule in Stockholm is when the Laureates have to leave a suitable account number to the Vice Executive Director of the Nobel Foundation, Åke Altéus, so that he can order the payment of the prize money to the Laureates. After that, they can go home – but many also choose to visit a university outside of Stockholm.

One earlier Laureate has called himself a “Survivor of the Nobel Ordeal”. But old Laureates are happy to come back again, and that of anything must be a good grade. Also this year a number of previous Laureates will join the activities during the Nobel Week: Physics winner Leon Lederman, Medicine winner Torsten Wiesel, Bengt Samuelsson (the Chairman of the Nobel Foundation), Stanley Prusiner, Eric Kandel and Leland Hartwell, as well as the Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel.

Michael Sohlman does not sit at the Honorary Table during the banquet in the Blue Hall. He is still “operative” during the night and has to be able to leave if something happens. But he enjoys hearing how the atmosphere rises after the first taste of the champagne. A chemical experiment that too, if not as explosive as the founder’s.

Alfred Nobel. Would the old dynamite man have enjoyed his own banquet?

- Probably not, he was very reserved and not much for big events. But he would have appreciated meeting the Laureates at a smaller gathering, Michael Sohlman thinks.
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The menu in the City Hall is a secret until the last minute, but Michael Sohlman has during the fall test eaten and drank, often in the Boberg Room at the Nobel Foundation. It is the room where architect Ferdinand Boberg’s sketches to a Nobel Museum hangs. “Thank God they were not put into effect”, says Michael Sohlman about the giant thing on Strandvägen near the Djurgården Bridge that would have taken up a large part of the Foundation’s assets.

A lot of devotion is put into the choice of music in connection to the Prize Awards in the Concert Hall. The choices make Michael Sohlman feel like an old Sovereign who can order up any music of choice.

- It’s not the easiest. We sit and dig cd’s on the Concert Hall.

It is the length of the pieces that decided it in the end, they cannot be too long, and he would also like to find a connection to this year’s prizes. When Douglass North and Robert Fogel were awarded the Prize in Economics, they had done a lot of research about the railways meaning the US economy – and then the “Jernbanegalopp” (jern = old word for iron) was perfect.

When about a month is left, on 3 November, there is a big meeting at the Nobel Foundation. Michael Sohlman scrutinizes his marshals. Many have been there before, and the chatter is natural. It is the Royal Court, SAS, the Karolinska Institute, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Freys hyrverk and Sveriges Television. Everyone is needed to make the Nobel Week the unforgettable experience that the Foundation wants to compliment their guests too.

- Welcome to a mighty mobilization of good forces, says Michael Sohlman.

The evil forces are kept on a distance by the Police and Securitas who guard the Concert Hall and the City Hall during the big day.
There are always a few un-invited guests that try to get in, says Lennart Adel from Securitas. They come dressed up, but without a ticket they are not let in.

Jose Aguilera from Freys hyrverk says that it is always hard with the transport from the Concert Hall to the City Hall. This year it will be extra hard, because the ceremonies are held on a Friday – and then comes in connections with the Stockholm inhabitants usual holiday traffic jam.

Set designer Tore Blomberg is in charge of the entertaining in the Blue Hall (the hall in the City Hall where the banquet is held). The hall is difficult; it is 23 meters to the roof and long after-connotations that “changes the experience in the room”.

Who does he make the effort for? Is it the Nobel Foundation, the Laureates, the 1 260 guests or the multi million audience in front of the TV?

- Hard to know, he says.

Gunnar Kaj is not certain either. He arranges the flowers for the 5th year in a row. The order went out in the beginning of October. One week before the Nobel Day, 10 000 flowers and 6 000 green leafs arrive from San Remo in Italy by a cold transport. He then has three days to arrange them in the City Hall. Last year he accomplished a Nordic winter wave movement at the table – this year there will be more colours, he dares to say.

- If it were for the Laureates, one could really have the same flowers on the tables year after year, but one wants to make something new for the Foundation every year, says Gunnar Kaj.

If someone would faint, Professor Lars Rydén from the Karolinska Institute stands ready in the City Hall together with a nurse. Between 4 and 13 December, the Karolinska Institute also has a constant on-call duty for the Laureates.

- To get the Nobel Prize is an enormous event in their life, a physical excitement. They are not very young either. It has happened that we have had a Laureate lying here, that we have had to put on the tails and drive to the awards just in time, he tells us.

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When the Nobel Week comes, the enormous work of choosing the Laureates is since long taken care of. Nominations have come from academic and other institutions across the glove, and the prize giving academics in Sweden as well as the Norwegian Nobel Committee have made the final judgement.

The highlight of the year is of course when the Laureates are made public in October. The moment after their name has been pronounced at the respective award giving academies, if flies out on the Internet. Some of the websites employees have in due time received information on who will be awarded, but have kept it a secret behind locks and curtains.

Michael Sohlman is very obvious in his pride for the website, nobelprize.org, that has 15 million visitors last year, and this year is already heading toward 18 million. On the website, there is all kinds of information about the prizes and Laureates, but also entertaining reading and educational games.

Everything is in English; this is the Nobel Foundation’s window to the world. North America stands for 70% of the visits, but Asia is coming strongly. Cosmopolite Nobel would surely have thought is was in order.

The four little servers on Sturegatan have so far been able to cope with the enormous storm of visitors on the same day that the respective Laureates were announced. But there is a back up, if by any reason the main servers would go off, says Hans Mehlin.

This years Laureates are twelve – never before have so many been women. Unfortunately we will never get to see the Literature Prize winner Elfriede Jelinek, Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai and the Medicine winner Linda Buck in the same picture. Elfriede Jelinek is not coming to the festivities in Stockholm because she suffers from social phobia, and the Peace Prize is awarded in Oslo.

Everyone that has hosted a reception knows that there are many things to think about and consider. Honorary guests in this case are the Laureates and their partners. They have been promised several millions so they are guaranteed to be in a good mood. (The one who is alone in winning a Nobel Prize gets 10 million Swedish crowns, and you don’t pay taxes on Nobel Prizes – unless you are American!). Every Laureate can invite 16 people. Besides them there is also the Royal Family, politicians and people from the business life, scholars and some of their students.

- The schedule for the Nobel Week is in a firm frame, but with some moveable components, says Michael Sohlman. This year, he has moved the reception for the Laureates to the Nobel Museum in the Stock Exchange House in Gamla Stan/Old Town instead of having it at Grand Hôtel. They get to meet each other, have a drink, eat hoers d’Oevres and sign a chair on the underside, and this takes place on 6 December.

The chairs are the usual chairs that stand in the café in every day life – but turn the chair around and look under it! The Nobel Lectures are held on 8 December, and there are luncheons and receptions, visits and interviews, and on 10 December is the Prize Awards and Banquet.

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Here is my translation of a really interesting article about the preparations for the Nobel Week that I found in Dagen Nyheter (DN).

Noble Secrets

On Friday, the Nobel Prize is awarded in Stockholm. Cecilia Jacobsson, Fredrik Funck and Sandra Qvist have been inside the Nobel Foundation’s headquarters and met Michael Sohlman, the festivities own Napoleon, during his most hectic time.

When the Nobel Foundation’s Executive Director is asked to describe his work before the Nobel Week, he pictures it as being the commander for a giant army.
- It is a very large operations, that commands planning into every smallest detail. For the Laureates it should be a pleasant experience. They should be so overwhelmed that they wonder why no one opens the door to their old car when they get home.

Michael Sohlman also hopes that also the Swedish people gains something from the Nobel festivities during the week, when science and culture for once is in the centre.

The Nobel Foundation’s headquarters is a reverencing building on Sturegatan 14 with lots of marble and thick carpets. Architect Ragnar Hjorth has had half naked ladies in bronze lift torches that spread a flickering light over the stairs in the entrance room. The first thing one sees is a giant bust of Alfred Bernhard Nobel. It resembles more a mausoleum then a “party arrangers” chancellery.

Michael Sohlman is not any “party arranger” at all. He is the keeper and first interpreter of Alfred Nobel’s will, the odd piece that makes people both rich and immortal – but that also bewilders and causes debate since 100 years.

Nobel wanted that those who “during the past year” had benefited humanity most to get an award. That his will is not followed in this case is obvious. Many get the prize for efforts made far away in time. Another formulation that also bewilders during the years is the one that the Nobel Prize in Literature should be awarded to a person whose work has affected humanity to move towards an “idealistic” way. The old interpretation of this word made it that Leo Tolstoj never got the Nobel Prize – but today the interpretation is not a lacking of compromise as it was then.

A sad clause comes in the end of the will. There Alfred Nobel asks the doctors to cut open his artery to make sure that he is really dead. He was afraid to be buried alive.

Despite the gloomy start (the will) – the Nobel Week is a happy celebration. It consists of a whole series of happenings that is expected to cost about 7 million Swedish crowns this year. As the guarantee that everything is worthy, is the Nobel Foundation, a private foundation started in 1900.

Michael Sohlman has been the Executive Director for the Nobel Foundation for 13 years, which is a long time for an executive director, but a short time for the Nobel Foundation. It’s easy to get the idea that he has been destined for the assignment. His grandfather, Ragnar Sohlman, was Nobel’s assistant and executor of his will, and a lot in his background looks like pure preparations for what would come: brought up in Russia (just like Nobel), career within the Ministry of Finance (used to large sums of money) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (international contacts).

Besides arranging the Nobel Week, he keeps/manages the portfolio, what Nobel left behind – with great success. He coordinates the different Nobel Committees and is in charge of a growing information activity, that comprise the Nobel Museum with 30 employees and the website with 20 employees. The actual Nobel Foundation has 10 employees.

- I took over a well-oiled machinery, and has had the benefit of having brilliant co-workers, says Michael Sohlman, who gladly points out the prestigious academic merits of his surroundings. He himself bicycles back and forth through Stockholm, but always manages to look stylish and collected as soon as he has taken off the helmet.

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The pictures:
1 = The Head of Protocol at the City Hall shows the attachés around. Here they are in the Prince’s Gallery, where the Laureates are to greet the Royal Family after the dinner.
2 = The House of the Nobel Foundation
3 = Stefan Forsberg from the Concert Hall and the Executive Director of the Nobel Foundation, Michael Sohlman, listens to music in the process of choosing the right pieces
4 = The table placing is important – who gets to be seated next to the Queen? Here is a table placing planning card, used in the planning process
5 = An attaché lists things to remember
6 = Top secret. The Nobel dessert is not uncovered until it is served. Here the Executive Director of the Nobel Foundation, Michael Sohlman tries one of the many menus suggestions.
7 = One month is left until the Nobel Day – the “good forces” are gathered at the Nobel Foundation
8 = The Executive Director of the Nobel Foundation, Michael Sohlman, always bicycles. Even when he is due at the Royal Palace of Stockholm
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Old 12-09-2004, 04:51 PM
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Thank you GrandDuchess! Very interesting. It seems the laureates are in very good hands. They have deserved it and it makes the "distinction of their lifework" probably even more exciting for them.
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Important news!

Dagens Nyheter has just published some hot information (added just before midnight) – they have some information on the table placing at the Table of Honour at the Nobel Banquet in the Blue Hall at the City Hall tomorrow:

# The King will get the Nobel Prize Winner in Physics, Linda Buck, to the table

# The Queen (sitting diagonally opposite the King) will get Bengt Samuelsson, the Chairman of the Nobel Foundation (and an old Nobel Prize Winner, also the host of the evening), to the table

# Princess Lilian (sitting to the left of Bengt Samuelsson) will get the Speaker of the Parliament, Björn von Sydow, to the table

# Crown Princess Victoria will get the Nobel Prize winner in Physics, David Gross, to the table

# Prince Carl Philip will get Elisabeth Devine Wilczek, wife of Nobel Prize Winner in Physics Frank Wilczek, to the table

# Princess Madeleine will get the Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry, Avram Hershko, to the table

# Prime Minister Göran Persson will be seated next to Madeleine von Sydow, the wife of the Speaker of the Parliament. To the left of Göran Person is the King’s table lady, Nobel Prize Winner in Physics, Linda Buck

#Anitra Steen, the wife of Prime Minister Göran Persson, will get the Nobel Prize Winner in Economics, Finn Kydland, to the table


A little facts:
There are 63 tables at the banquet. For them 7 000 parts of china, 5 000 glasses, 10 000 cutlery pieces and 470 meters of linen cloths are used.

One Laureate from each category will make a short thank you speech. They are:
Richard Axel, medicine
Avram Hershko, chemistry
David Gross, physics
Edward Prescott, economics
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