The King and Queen and The Crown Princess Couple attend the Swedish Academy's formal gathering

The King, The Queen and The Crown Princess Couple at the Swedish Academy's formal gathering.

The King, The Queen and The Crown Princess Couple at the Swedish Academy's formal gathering. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

On Monday 20 December, The King and Queen and The Crown Princess Couple attended the Swedish Academy's formal gathering at the Stock Exchange in Stockholm.

This year's formal gathering featured two inaugural speeches: one by writer and journalist Ingrid Carlberg, and one by writer and critic Steve Sem-Sandberg.

Ingrid Carlberg takes seat number 5 after Göran Malmqvist. Steve Sem-Sandberg takes seat number 14 after Kristina Lugn.

The Swedish Academy's formal gathering

The Swedish Academy was founded in 1786 by King Gustav 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 its working year by celebrating its formal gathering with a public assembly at the Stock Exchange on 20 December at 17:00. King Gustav III issued strict directions for the ceremony, which are still followed in all essentials.

HM The King is Supreme Patron of the Swedish academy.