Tuesday marked the opening of Swedish Parliament in Stockholm. Most members of the royal family turned up for the day’s event, first with a church service followed by the inaugural Parliament session.
King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel arrived at Stockholm Cathedral in the morning. Newlyweds Victoria and Daniel held hands as they entered the church while the Queen bundled up in a fur coat to deal with the frigid weather.
After the service came the official opening of Parliament, or Riksdag as Swedes call it. The King gave a speech before the assembled politicians. At one point, he thanked them for their support during the June wedding of his daughter and son-in-law. As the Riksdag applauded, the Crown Princess smiled and took Daniel’s hand into hers.
In the evening came the reception in which the royals dressed formally for the occasion – meaning they wore tuxedos and formal dresses, though no one wore any tiaras or military uniform.
Prince Carl Philip was not present for this year’s opening nor was Princess Madeleine, who is still in New York.
Sources: Svensk Damtidning, Expressen, TV4