The Royal Family at the formal gathering of the Swedish Academy

On Tuesday 20 December, The King and Queen, The Crown Princess Couple, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia, Princess Madeleine and Mr Christopher O'Neill attended the Swedish Academy's formal gathering at the Stock Exchange in Stockholm.

The formal gathering at the Swedish Academy began with the Director’s speech from the author, Klas Östergren. New member, author and dramatist Sara Stridsbergexternal link, opens in new window then joined the academy, taking seat 13, following author and translator Gunnel Vallquist. Sara Stridsberg held her installation speech which, according to tradition, was about her predecessor.

Author, dramatist and translator Sara Stridsberg holds her speech. She joined the Swedish Academy on 13 May 2016. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

The response to the opening speech was made by the Director, who uttered some personal commemorative words about the departing member, Gunnel Vallquist and welcomed the new colleague into the Academy.

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Member Per Wästberg then read a section of the coming memoir, Semaforen och lodlinan.

The Director then announced that the year's memorial coin, created by artist Peter Linde, was dedicated to actor and author Allan Edwall. Member Kristina Lugn read an extract from the memorial sketch.

Finally, Permanent Secretary Sara Danius was given the floor and retold the year that has passed, including information about prize recipients and scholarships.

The Royal Prize, introduced by King Karl XIV Johan was awarded to Stina Ekblad. The prize is awarded for meritorious contributions in one of the Academy’s areas of interest.

The Swedish Academy´s annual formal assembly was held at the the Stock Exchange. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

The Swedish Academy's formal assembly

The Swedish Academy was founded in 1786 by King Gustaf III, with the task of promoting the Swedish language and Swedish literature. Since 1901, the Swedish Academy has also appointed the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

The Swedish Academy concludes the working year by celebrating its formal assembly with a public gathering at the Stock Exchange on 20 December at 17:00. King Gustaf III issued strict directions for the ceremony, which are still followed in all essentials.

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