Royal Family Attends Annual Parliament Opening
Today, the Stockholm based Royal Family members attended the traditional opening of Swedish Parliament (Riksdag). Following with tradition, the day began with a church service at Stockholm Cathedral.
Following the church service, the family rode in the horse drawn carriages down the street to the Government Building. There, the opening ceremony will start in the Chamber. At the request of the Speaker, Andreas Norlén, King Carl XVI Gustaf will declare the Riksdag session open. Prime Minister Stefan Löfven will then read the Statement of Government Policy, presenting the Government's intended policies for the coming year. The ceremony in the chamber is filled with song and music. Among other things, music will be performed by singer Anna Larsson.
For the past 4 years, the opening session has highlighted regional areas around Sweden, and this year continues that tradition. This year, the focus will be on the five Swedish provinces of Härjedalen, Medelpad, Hälsingland, Dalarna and Gästrikland. The theme will be represented in the program, the food and the decorations. Princess Sofia is from Dalarna and her son Prince Gabriel is Duke of Dalarna while Princess Madeleine is Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland.