According to the updated court calendar only King Carl Gustaf attends the extra Council of State today. Victoria doesnt attend. The King gives a statement to the TV and radio at the Council.
Information kring extra informationskonselj - Sveriges Kungahus
On Wednesday, March 18, the King as the chairman an extra Council of State was held at the Royal Palace on the occasion of the spread of the new corona virus.
The Prime Minister and the present Minister informed the King about the measures taken by the government and the country's authorities in connection with the infection.
Extra konselj med anledning av coronaviruset - Sveriges Kungahus
Photos at court Facebook by Pelle T Nilsson/SPA
HM The King's speech at the Extra Council of State
Mr Prime Minister,
Welcome to the Royal Palace and to this extra Council of State, which is held on the occasion of the spread of the corona virus in Sweden.
The circumstances are special. Therefore, we have also adapted the forms for this meeting:
To minimize the risks, we have greatly reduced the number of government ministers participating. The Crown Princess, who usually sits at the Councils of State, will get information from me later.
I want to thank you all for coming here. I hereby declare the Council of State opened and leave the floor to the Prime Minister first.
[Prime Minister's speech]
Thank you, Prime Minister.
The Corona virus has put our country in a strained situation.
Many are worried: for their health, for their relatives, for their livelihood. We are in a position that demands responsibility for oneself and others.
But difficult situations, such as the one we are in now, also offer an opportunity; the opportunity to bring out the best in ourselves. As a country, and as fellow human beings.
The seriousness of the moment should not be impaired. But there are also good reasons to feel hope and confidence.
Recently, both public and civil Sweden have emerged:
The government has taken a number of measures. The Riksdag is preparing a number of new laws.
Employees and volunteers work purposefully to limit the spread of the virus, to get accurate information and to help those affected.
In the business sector, good initiatives are also taken to support and contribute.
These efforts deserve our appreciation and respect.
At the same time, millions of Swedes take great responsibility:
You refrain from activities and interaction that you have been looking forward to. You change your daily life and your plans. And this is done not just for your own sake, but for the sake of your fellow human beings. In order not to spread the infection.
Yes, we all have our own responsibility, to avoid contributing to the spread of infection or to become infected ourselves. We need to listen to the advice of our expert authorities. Avoid any meetings that may have been scheduled. This is especially true for the elderly and for other people who, for various reasons, are at greater risk of becoming seriously ill if they are infected.
Me and the Queen and our family try to live by these advice to the greatest extent possible.
Now we all in Sweden - you and I - need to do everything we can to help. It is in our ability to take responsibility jointly as our strength is shown.
Every time this happens, every time we choose to show consideration and empathy, we help to maintain the best with Sweden - for the well-being of Sweden.
H.M. Konungens inledningsord vid extra informationskonselj med anledning av coronaviruset, Kungl. Slottet, onsdagen den 18 mars 2020 - Sveriges Kungahus
Video of the King's speech
Nyheterna på TV4 Play - Kungens känslosamma tal om corona – hör orden till svenska folket
Photos by SPA
Lena Mellin, Aftonbladet's news columnist, at her column
Carl XVI Gustaf knows it with timing and mix
The king is old in the game and knows what is required of him.
When the time comes, he has to say some well-chosen words and now he has done it again.
King Carl XVI Gustaf is without competition Sweden's longest reigning monarch.
This means, among other things, that he knows what is required of him - and when.
There is an expression that claims that timing is everything. It is an art that the king obviously mastered.
When the corona crisis became acute in Sweden at the end of last week, the king said nothing. Just right.
When he called the Council of State at the Palace on Wednesday, the emergency crisis was a week old and it was time to talk. Just right.
The councils are normally closed events where no one but the government, the king and Crown Princess Victoria are present.
But to emphasize the seriousness of the moment, the corona crisis edition did not follow the usual pattern. A small number of ministers were present, nor was Victoria there. Instead, she would be informed later by the king himself, he said. This, too, must be regarded as well-chosen. What applies to others also applies to the king.
The king's message was a mix of seriousness and confidence. The situation is critical and many are worried.
But the head of state for 47 years also felt that there were good reasons to feel hope and confidence. Many people probably think it is a surprisingly positive, almost happy, attitude to the corona crisis.
But isn't that exactly what the king should do, see the light in the tunnel? It may be one of his most important tasks.
The hope and confidence the king saw was that so many take responsibility for reducing the effects of the crisis. The public and civil Sweden but also individual people. Everyone got their share of the royal praise. Just right.
It might seem like I'm rattling over the king. That is not the intention.
The king knows what it takes and he did it. It wasn't brilliant - but clearly approved.
Lena Mellin_ Kung Carl XVI Gustaf kan det där med timing _ Aftonbladet