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Queen Silvia awarded Friends of the Drottningholm Palace Theatre’s scholarships for 2010

Queen Silvia at drinks receptionLast 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

The Queen with Chairman Villard and scholarship recipients

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.

Crown Princess Victoria’s name day 2010

IMGP6061Yesterday 12 March, Victoria’s name was in the calendar again and it was time for the traditional congratulatory ceremony in honour of one of Sweden’s many Victorias – the country’s Crown Princess herself.

Together with a few ardent supporters I arrived at the Royal Palace in Stockholm well ahead in time and as usual there was lots of chit chat as the group grew larger and we had to endure cold, snow and some sunshine in our wait for the gates to open. The question of the day was of course if Daniel would be there, but also if any other members of the family would show up.

The answer was yes. Once the crowd was let into the Inner Courtyard many curious eyes were directed towards the doors. Daniel was seen walking past and it was duly noted by many voices in the crowds, but they kept us waiting a little bit longer. Many cold feet and fingers tried to do anything to keep some heat and circulation, Daniel disappeared out of sight and people looked at their watches. Then Queen Silvia became visible, walking with Daniel slightly behind her and it became clear it was Her Majesty they had been waiting for. The crowd immediately became slightly more cheerful.

With the Queen and Daniel behind her, Crown Princess Victoria then stepped out into the wintery weather with elements of spring sunshine, just like last year there was also a little snow on the ground, and the cameras pattered.

IMGP6071As always Victoria placed herself on the blue raised podium while Queen Silvia and Daniel took their places behind her, just like last year when the two of them accompanied each other at what was then the future Prince’s official debut, and the Queen was even dressed in the same coat as last year. The Crown Princess was dressed for spring in a pretty cerise coat with flounce and high boots.

When the music entertainment by defence bands was over Victoria took Daniel’s arm and brought him along for her traditional walkabout, and there was an immediate spontaneous positive reactions from the crowds. Young and old got a chance to greet her, wish the couple well and hand over flowers and gifts. Daniel kept himself a little bit in the background together with the Aide-de-Camp and security men while Victoria did what she’s always commended for doing so well, meeting her people. Continue reading