Swedish royals release statement on coronavirus as dinner reception is cancelled


King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia have cancelled officially planned events for this week.

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia rescheduled a dinner reception this week, in light of the coronavirus outbreak. The

meet was slated to be held at the royal palace in Stockholm with an estimate of about 150 expected guests.

In a statement, the Swedish royal court said: “In recent days, a number of cases of infection from the novel coronavirus have been detected in Sweden. The Public Health Authority considers the risk of detecting cases of covid-19 in Sweden to be high, but the risk of the infection spreading is considered low. Awaiting further development of events, Their Majesties, as hosts, choose to postpone the Official Dinner that was planned to be held at the Royal Palace on Wednesday, 4 March. This is done out of consideration for the invited guests.”

The annual Swedish Dinner is usually held at the Royal Palace aimed at paying tribute to people who have made significant contributions in Sweden. The guests consist of representatives from the world of culture, business, education, sports and other various associations, from the 21 Swedish counties on the recommendation of their governors.

However, King Carl, Queen Silvia and their daughter Crown Princess Victoria held an audience with Secretary Maja Fjaestad and representatives from the Public Health Agency of Sweden, the National Board of Health and Welfare and the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, to discuss the country’s preparations for the virus. The royal family have been up to date on their official duties without hassles. 

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