The Royal Family attend the Nobel Banquet

On Saturday 10 December, the Royal Family attended the traditional Nobel Banquet in the Blue Hall at Stockholm City Hall.

Around 1,300 guests are invited each year to the Blue Hall at Stockholm City Hall, where the Nobel Banquet is served. In addition to the Royal Family, the prize winners and their families, the banquet is also attended by representatives from the Swedish Government and the Riksdag parties.

Odile Belmont, The King and Professor Evi Heldin. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

During the banquet, clarinettist Martin Fröst, musician Magnus Lindgren, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Adolf Fredrik's Girls' Choir took the guests on a musical journey from the beginnings of music through to the modern day, under the direction of Linus Fellbom.

At the end of the evening, students raised massed standards in the staircase and on the balustrade. Universities and colleges from throughout Sweden were represented.

The Nobel Laureates gave speeches of thanks. A laureate from each prize group traditionally gives a speech in Nobel order, in other words in the order that Alfred Nobel listed the prizes in his will:

Professor F. Duncan M. Haldane for physics, Professor J. Fraser Stoddart for chemistry, Professor Yoshinori Ohsumi for medicine, the USA's ambassador to Sweden Azita Raji on behalf of Bob Dylan for literature, and Professor Oliver Hart for economics.

During the Nobel Banquet in the Blue Hall at Stockholm City Hall. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Nobel Day

10 December was the date of Alfred Nobel's death. In his memory, 10 December is the day on which the Nobel Laureates receive their prizes. This has been the tradition ever since the first Nobel Prizes were awarded in 1901.

Since 1901, Nobel Prizes have been presented 579 times to 911 recipients.

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