The King and Prince Carl Philip attend the national veterans' ceremony

On Wednesday 29 May, The King and Prince Carl Philip attended the national veterans' ceremony on Royal Djurgården in Stockholm.

The Army Music Corps and Adolf Fredrik's Girls' Choir performed during the ceremony.

The Army Music Corps and Adolf Fredrik's Girls' Choir performed during the ceremony. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/The Royal Court of Sweden

On arrival at the ceremony, The King and The Prince were welcomed by Supreme Commander Micael Bydén and Head of the Command Staff Vice-Admiral Dennis Gyllensporre.

They then marched to their positions and were greeted by raised massed standards. Once The King and The Prince had taken their positions, a JAS Gripen flyover was carried out.

Speaker of the Riksdag Andreas Norlén and Prime Minister Stefan Löfven then gave speeches.

Photo: Henrik Garlöv/The Royal Court of Sweden

As the Life Guard's Dragoon Music Corps performed Thy Holy Wings, The King, Prince Carl Philip, the Speaker, the Prime Minister, the Minister for Defence, Supreme Commander and Sverker Göransson, Chairman of the Peace Berets of Sweden, took their positions in front of the national veterans' monument to lay wreaths.

The King lays a wreath at the national veterans' monument, which was dedicated in 2013.

The King lays a wreath at the national veterans' monument, which was dedicated in 2013. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/The Royal Court of Sweden

Army Chaplain Sten Elmberg then held a reflection, after which the veterans' hymn was performed by Adolf Fredrik's Girls' Choir.

After a speech by the Supreme Commander, The King returned to the monument where he presented Medals of Merit.

The ceremony concluded with everyone singing the national anthem.

Photo: Henrik Garlöv/The Royal Court of Sweden

Veterans' Day

Sweden has contributed civilian and military personnel to UN efforts around the world for more than 60 years. All Swedish veterans are commemorated on Veterans' Day, 29 May. Veterans' Day was established by the Swedish Government in 2010, and has had state ceremonial status since 2012. Since 2018, Veterans' Day has also been a national flag day.