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The Royal Court has revealed the plans for King Carl XVI Gustaf’s golden jubilee.
Throughout 2023, the King will be celebrated for his 50 years on the throne; at the same time, the country will also pay attention to the 500th anniversary of the election of Gustav Vasa as Sweden’s monarch in 1523.
The celebration begins in January with a dinner at the Royal Palace in Stockholm with representatives from all of Sweden’s counties.
From February to September, the King and Queen Silvia will visit each of Sweden’s counties.
On June 6, the country turns its focus to King Gustav Vasa to celebrate the 500th anniversary of his election as monarch and the beginning of Sweden leaving the Kalmar Union. Sweden’s National Day is held on June 6 each year to honor Gustav Vasa’s election. For National Day 2023 and to celebrate Gustav Vasa, the King and Queen will mark the holiday in Strängnäs before ending the day with traditional ceremonies in Stockholm. However, the celebration at Skansen Museum will be bigger than normal in 2023.
King Carl Gustaf will also host a larger reception on National Day for Swedish representatives and the diplomatic corps. Instead of the Royal Palace’s usual venue, it will take place in the Nordic Museum to make room for more people.
The actual anniversary of the king’s accession to the throne will take place in September. On September 15 and 15 it is celebrated in Stockholm; A Te Deum is held on September 15 in the Royal Chapel of Stockholm Palace. The King will also attend the changing of the guard and hear a tribute by singers in the outer courtyard of the Royal Palace. In the evening, the Rikssalen in the Royal Palace hosts a large anniversary dinner.
The following day, King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia will ride through the streets of Stockholm in horse-drawn carriages.
The emblem of the Jubilee has already been revealed by the Royal Court; it is designed by Elis Nyström – student at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Several exhibitions will also open at the royal palaces throughout the year to mark the golden jubilee.
Further details of the celebration, including guest lists, will be announced in due course.