Last Wednesday, 9 June, Queen Silvia attended the Friends of the Drottningholm Palace Theatre’s annal formal meeting and scholarship awarding ceremony. It was a very warm and sunny day, a lot of tourists were walking around in the park, and some were eating ice cream, others resting on park benches.
Elegantly dressed members mingled outside before being ringed in to the meeting. Curious tourists, who noticed that something special was about to happen, flocked around the theatre building. Second last, with only the Queen arriving after them, came diplomatic cars carrying the ambassadors of the USA and Italy. Queen Silvia arrived last, when everyone had entered the building, together with one of her ladies-in-waiting, Baroness Christina von Schwerin.
After some welcoming words from the association’s chairman, Christer Villard, the gathering enjoyed a beautiful concert performed by this year’s scholarship recipients in singing, music and dance. The ceremony ended with the Queen handing over the scholarships to each recipients, all-in-all over 200.000 SEK, on the stage.
2010 winners of the Friends of the Drottningholm Palace Theatre’s scholarship
– Karin Andersson, soprano
– Ivonne Fuchs, mezzo-soprano
– Elisabeth Meyer, soprano
– Andreas Franzén, base-baritone
– Martin Vanberg, tenor
– Sven Aarflot, musician
– Rebecka Karlsson, musician
– Niklas Blomqvist, dancer
Mezzo-soprano Malena Enman received the Wallenstam Prize of 25.000 SEK.
Drottningholm Palace Theatre, the world’s best preserved 18th century theatre, is a part of the World Heritage Site Drottningholm and its friend association makes it economically possible to continue staging performances there. They also grant annual scholarships and prizes to performers of their stage. A member of the Royal Family, sometimes several even, usually attends their annual formal meeting and scholarship awarding ceremony.
To see all of my photos from the event, please visit the Flickr album devoted to it.