At Expressen today:
Due to corona restrictions, the Riksdag allows all 349 members to attend. But restrictions have been introduced in the number of guests who may participate in the ceremony in the Stockholm Cathedral and in the Riksdag. The restrictions mean that Carl Philip and Sofia cannot attend.
Margareta Thorgren says that it is still a pandemic, so even if all members of the Riksdag are to be in place, it is still a downsizing.
Last year, the Crown Princess couple also had to stay at home. But this year, their traditional presence can be resumed. Thorgren says that they always make a new plan for each year, but they don't plan the opening of the Riksdag so many years ahead. Last year it was in a completely different way, with very large restrictions. Now it is a little more open and then the Crown Princess couple can participate. What next year looks like, they will get back to.
Madeleine and Chris O'Neill do not have the opportunity to attend.
- They are in the USA, says Thorgren.
Riksdagen öppnar_ Därför deltar inte Sofia och Carl Philip
The king and queen, Victoria and Daniel arriving to the church service at the Stockholm Cathedral.
Victorias comeback under riksmötets öppnande _*Svensk Dam
The Mistress of the Robes Kirstine von Blixen-Finecke (left), The First Marshal of the Court Mats Nilsson and The First Lady of the Court Anna Hamilton.
SVT's broadcast from the Riksdag has already begun
12.45 The Central Band of the Swedish Army performs and the Grenadiers of the Life Guards are on parade. Flag-bearers from the Association for the Children of Östergötland stand outside the Kopparporten entrance with Swedish flags. Duo West/Rydvall performs inside on the Grand Stairway. The members of the Riksdag and invited guests arrive. The Speaker, members of the Royal Family, Prime Minister and others make their way via the Grand Stairway to the Chamber.
14.00 The ceremony in the Chamber starts.
The cortege left the Royal Palace about 13.45.
Program at the Opening
Gallery from the Opening of the Riksdag
Victorias look och kungens kärleksgest till Silvia – se bilderna från riksmötet! _*Svensk Dam
The court at its website:
Kungen har öppnat det nya riksmötet - Sveriges Kungahus
The King's speech, he said among other things
This year it is 400 years since King Gustaf II Adolf founded Gothenburg, Borås, Sundsvall, Luleå and Piteå in one and the same year. Today, hundreds of thousands of Sweden's inhabitants live in these cities. There are companies, authorities and universities.(...)
Honorable Members, you have a great task in equipping our country and our social institutions for the future. To think in long lines - just as King Gustaf II Adolf did when he founded cities.
His daughter, Queen Kristina, wrote more than a thousand aphorisms during her lifetime. I have attached one of them in particular to:
The happiness and prosperity of a country stands and falls with the knowledge and education we give our young people.
H.M. Konungens tal vid riksmötets öppnande, 14*september 2021 - Sveriges Kungahus
The church service, photos by Swedish Press Agency SPA.
Arriving to the opening of the Riksdag, photos by Swedish Press Agency SPA.
Victorias hatt och Daniels viskning_ Riksmötet 2021 – bästa bilderna _*Svensk Dam
Video of the King's speech at court Youtube