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Sunshine greets Sweden's National Day

Sunshine greets Sweden's National Day

Published: 06 Jun 2012 15:31 GMT+02:00
Updated: 06 Jun 2012 15:31 GMT+02:00

June 6th has been designated Sweden's National Day and Swedish Flag Day and in most parts of central and southern Sweden revellers have been treated to mild and sunny weather.

From Uppland and to the north celebrations however had a distinctly wetter feel about them.

One of the features of National Day is ceremonies held at town and city halls across the country to welcome those who became Swedish citizens during the past year.

In Malmö, some 280 new Swedes were given a royal welcome at the opera house with Prince Daniel in attendance during the afternoon.

The day is typically a busy one for the royal family.

Prince Carl Philip and Princess Madeleine were on hand at 10am to open the doors to the royal palace in central Stockholm while the King and Queen spent the morning in Visby on Gotland.

The royals are then due to gather in Stockholm for a horse-drawn procession from the palace to the open air museum Skansen where official National Day celebrations will begin at around 6pm.

National Day and Swedish Flag Day is on June 6th due to recognise Gustav Vasa's ascent to the throne in 1523. It furthermore marks the Instrument of Government which was adopted on this day in 1809.

National Day is typically a fairly low-key affair and has only been a national holiday since 2005.

TT/The Local/pvs (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

17:30 June 6, 2012 by gpafledthis
Well-well the ugly head of jingoism appears in the sweedies !! Think of malmo and then hang it down !!
20:17 June 6, 2012 by JulieLou40
Has Madeleine got a bun in the oven? :-D
20:57 June 6, 2012 by Tarc the Mexan
#2: no, she's just fat.
20:59 June 6, 2012 by skumdum
No, I think she's just fat.
21:55 June 6, 2012 by dizzymoe33
So why is Princess Madeleine in traditional costume but her brother isn't?
22:55 June 6, 2012 by Valdemaratterdag
Tror det var för mycket lösgodis....
01:50 June 7, 2012 by sunnchilde
@skumdum Uncool, dude. She's a lady and she's royal. Show some respect.
13:22 June 7, 2012 by StockholmSam
As if #2, #3 and #4 could ever get a date with Madeleine or any common girl who looks anywhere near as good as she does.
19:55 June 7, 2012 by Tarc the Mexan
#8: I doubt that princess Madeleine reads The Local, you can stop with the white knight act now.
17:43 June 8, 2012 by ann2
She's gorgeous and that's the pleats of the dräkt.
19:53 October 14, 2012 by Helge Krupski
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Open letter to The Royal Court of Sweden about Princess Madeleine (read in "My Notes") - www.facebook.com/Helge.Kroupski
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