The Royal Family attend the Nobel Banquet

On Sunday 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.

Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Performers during the banquet included the Cullberg Ballet, singer Ane Brun, national folk musician and singer Lena Willemark, percussionist Terje Isungset, Adolf Fredrik Church's Chamber Choir and chamber orchestra Musica Vitae.

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.

Ice Music by Terje Isungset with Lena Willemark (vocals) and Ulla Pirttijärvi (joiking). Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

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 Rainer Weiss for physics, Professor Jacques Dubochet for chemistry, Professor Michael Rosbash for medicine, Kazuo Ishiguro for literature and Richard H. Thaler for economics.

The table of honour was decorated with ice sculptures. The theme for this year's banquet was a tribute to the Arctic landscape. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

During the banquet in the Blue Hall. Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP