The King's dinner for the Nobel Laureates

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

The guests were received and greeted by the Royal Family in the Vita Havet Assembly Rooms. The dinner was served in Karl XI's Gallery.

The guests were welcomed by the Royal Family in the Vita Havet Assembly Rooms. Photo: royalcourt.se

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Duck liver terrine with honey-glazed figs,
fried brioche and herb salad

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Roasted pike-perch from Hjälmaren with saffron sauce,
potato purée with browned butter and tossed spinach

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Roasted saddle of venison from the royal hunt with green peppercorn sauce,
fried asparagus broccoli, fried black cabbage and celery confit

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Baked Alaska with a taste of cloudberry

The menu for the evening. Photo: royalcourt.se

Begonia and silver-coloured grass adorn the table for the evening's dinner for the Nobel Laureates. The table silver – in other words, the decorative silverware – comes from the Brazilian silver service. It was made by Odiot goldsmiths in Paris between 1798 and 1830, and came to Sweden as the inheritance of King Oskar I's consort, Queen Josefina, from her sister the former Empress Amélia of Brazil. Photo: royalcourt.se

The King accompanied Professor Carolee Winstein, wife of Physics Laureate Kip Thorne, to the table. Carol J. Saginaw, wife of the Chemistry Laureate Joachim Frank, was seated to his left.

The Queen was accompanied to the table by Literature Laureate Kazuo Ishiguro. Chemistry Laureate Jacques Dubochet was seated to her right.

The Crown Princess was accompanied to the table by Physics Laureate Barry Barish. Literature Laureate Kazuo Ishiguro was seated to her right.

Prince Daniel accompanied Lorna Ishiguro, wife of Literature Laureate Kazuo Ishiguro, to the table. Professor Carolee Winstein was seated to his left.

Prince Carl Philip accompanied Carol J. Saginaw to the table. Christine Dubochet-Wiemken, wife of Chemistry Laureate Jacques Dubochet, was seated to his left.

Princess Sofia was accompanied to the table by Chemistry Laureate Jacques Dubochet. Chemistry Laureate Joachim Frank was seated to her right.

Princess Madeleine was accompanied to the table by Chemistry Laureate Joachim Frank. Medicine Laureate Michael Rosbash was seated to her right.

Christopher O'Neill accompanied Dr. France Leclerc, wife of Economics Laureate Richard H. Thaler, to the table. Lorna Ishiguro was seated to his left.

Physics Laureate Rainer Weiss accompanied Dr. Jade Li, wife of Chemistry Laureate Richard Henderson, to the table.

Medicine Laureate Michael Rosbash accompanied Minister Helene Hellmark Knutsson to the table.

Economics Laureate Richard H. Thaler accompanied Minister Anna Ekström to the table.

Medicine Laureate Michael W. Young accompanied Minister Magdalena Andersson to the table.

Medicine Laureate Jeffrey C. Hall accompanied Jenni Ahlin, wife of Speaker Urban Ahlin, to the table.

Physics Laureate Kip Thorne accompanied Mistress of the Robes Kirstine von Blixen-Finecke to the table.

Chemistry Laureate Richard Henderson accompanied Former Senior Consultant DDS Catharina Lindqvist, wife of Marshal of the Realm Svante Lindqvist, to the table.

The Royal Palace of Stockholm, 11 December 2017. Photo: royalcourt.se

The King's dinner for the Nobel Laureates

On 10 December 1901, the first Nobel Prize was awarded by Crown Prince Gustaf (V).opens in new window The ceremony was followed by a banquet.

King Oskar IIopens in new window did not show strong support for the prize and the ceremony to begin with, but by 1904 he had already decided to honour the laureates with a gala banquet on the day after the ceremony. Since then the King has hosted an annual dinner for the laureates on 11 December.

The King's dinner for the Nobel Laureates in 1951. Chef Monsieur Paul Arbin checks whether the saddle of venison is ready. The carving skewer has been stuck into the bone marrow for a while. If the skewer feels warm, the meat is ready. To this day, the main course consists of roe deer from The King's autumn hunt that same year. Photo: Nordiska Museet