The Royal Family host dinner for the Nobel Laureates

The Royal Family receive the Nobel Laureates in Prince Bertil's Apartments at the Royal Palace.

The Royal Family receive the Nobel Laureates in Prince Bertil's Apartments at the Royal Palace. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

On Wednesday 11 December, The King hosted the traditional dinner for this year's Nobel Laureates at the Royal Palace.

The evening began with the Royal Family hosting a small reception in Prince Bertil's Apartments for the Nobel Laureates and their spouses.

Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

The guests gather in the Vita Havet Assembly Rooms at the Royal Palace.

The guests gather in the Vita Havet Assembly Rooms at the Royal Palace. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/The Royal Court of Sweden

The Royal Family and the Nobel Laureates then made their way to the State Apartments. In the Royal Palace's ballroom, the Vita Havet Assembly Rooms, the other guests were welcomed. These included representatives from the Swedish Parliament and Government, the diplomatic corps, academies, research, science and the Nobel Foundation.

The Royal Family welcome the guests.

The Royal Family welcome the guests. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/The Royal Court of Sweden

The floral decorations in the Vita Havet Assembly Rooms.

The floral decorations in the Vita Havet Assembly Rooms. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/The Royal Court of Sweden

Photo: Henrik Garlöv/The Royal Court of Sweden

At around 8 pm, dinner was served in Karl XI's Gallery.

The seating arrangements

The King accompanied Economics Laureate Esther Duflo to the table. Françoise Mayor, wife of Physics Laureate Michel Mayor, was seated to his left.

The Queen was accompanied to the table by Physics Laureate Michel Mayor. Chemistry Laureate M. Stanley Whittingham was seated to her right.

The Crown Princess was accompanied to the table by Chemistry Laureate M. Stanley Whittingham. Physics Laureate Didier Queloz was seated to her right.

Prince Daniel accompanied Jean Allison Peebles, wife of Physics Laureate James Peebles, to the table. Economics Laureate Esther Duflo was seated to his left.

Prince Carl Philip accompanied Françoise Mayor, wife of Physics Laureate Michel Mayor, to the table. Literature Laureate Olga Tokarczuk was seated to his left.

Princess Sofia was accompanied to the table by Physics Laureate James Peebles. Physics Laureate Michel Mayor was seated to her right.

Princess Madeleine was accompanied to the table by Chemistry Laureate Akira Yoshino. Physics Laureate James Peebles was seated to her right.

The tableware

The porcelain for the evening's dinner was a gift from the Riksdag and the Swedish Government to The King on his 50th birthday in 1996. The service was produced by Hackman-Rörstrand Gustafsberg and designed by Karin Björquist.

The glass service was made by Kosta and designed by Sigurd Persson, and was a wedding present from the Riksdag and the Swedish Government to The King and Queen in 1976.

The table was laid with the Brazilian silver service, decorated with cut poinsettias grown at Ulriksdal Palace.

The table was laid with the Brazilian silver service, decorated with cut poinsettias grown at Ulriksdal Palace. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/The Royal Court of Sweden

The table silver was from the Brazilian silver service. The service is so called because it previously belonged to the Brazilian imperial family. Following the death of Empress Amalia in 1873 it was inherited by her sister, Queen Dowager Josefina of Sweden.

The table linen was the Union Linen, woven in 1891 in the French city of Lille.

Detail of the royal napkin folding.

Detail of the royal napkin folding. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/The Royal Court of Sweden


Menu


Scallops with a variation of cauliflower
and browned butter with shallots

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Baked fillet of cod with saffron coating, crushed potatoes with chives,
poached black salsify and lemon butter sauce

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Saddle of venison from the royal hunt with roasted celeriac,
white onion stuffed with roasted onion crème and brandy cream sauce

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Baked milk chocolate pie with raspberry sorbet,
frozen crème fraîche and honey crisp


The menu for the evening.

The menu for the evening. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/The Royal Court of Sweden