The King's traditional Christmas speech to all Swedes at home and abroad at SVT Play and court Youtube channel:
The king gave his first Christmas speech in 1972, then as crown prince. This year's speech, which was thus the 50th in a row, was recorded in Princess Sibylla's apartment at the Royal Palace. The apartment is the King and Queen's representative floor at the Royal Palace.
In the Christmas speech, the King spoke, among other things, about the war in Ukraine and the coming jubilee year for Sweden.
H.M. Konungens jultal 2022 _ Kungahuset
King Carl Gustaf's this year's Christmas speech, the focus was at the war in Ukraine.
The king talks about his first trip to Ukraine, which took place during the time when the country was still part of the Soviet Union.
- From Stockholm Palace to Ukraine is only a hundred miles with straight line distance. Christmas is also celebrated there. For many who live there, it is dark, cold and difficult. Parts of society's infrastructure are knocked out. People have been killed, injured and subjected to terrible suffering.
In 2008, the royal couple traveled to Ukraine. They then visited Gammalsvenskby (Old Swedish village) in the southern part of the country.
- The Russian aggression against Ukraine has hit the village hard. The road I inaugurated at the state visit has been destroyed. Electricity, water and fuel are in short supply. It feels heavy to think about this. Therefore, today I want to send a special greeting to the residents of Gammalsvenskby: my thoughts and those of my family are with you – and with all your compatriots.
Kungens jultal i SVT 2022 – uttrycker sitt stöd för Ukraina
Kungens särskilda julhälsning Aftonbladet
SVT showed yesterday evening Victoria's Christmas greeting from the Royal Chapel, where she read also the Christmas Gospel. This was a replay from 2021.
Here the rhetorician rates the King's annual Christmas speech: "Very personal"
Rhetorician Heléne Hedqvist has taken a closer look at the King's traditional Christmas speech, which is addressed to Swedes at home and abroad and is a summation of the past year and a look ahead to the next year. This year's speech had a strong political message from a human rights perspective, so it's the first time I remember him being so politically clear, says Hedqvist. The introduction is very startling because the King directly addresses Ukraine.
Här betygsätter retorikern Kungens årliga jultal_ ”Väldigt personligt”