Sweden's royals welcome the summer
Sweden's Royal Family on National Day 2016
We all love a photo of the Swedish Royal Family in traditional dress they clearly do as well for that is the image that they have chosen to place on their website as summer gets under way.
The photo, from this year's National Day celebrations, takes pride of place on the site as it officially declares the summer season open with a reminder of all the royal palaces and events that visitors can enjoy in July and August.
The royal calendar is entering summer mode too. Since the Polar Music Awards on June 16th, appearances by the family have thinned out and July's agenda shows a few engagements for King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia and a big family turnout for Crown Princess Victoria's birthday on July 14th but otherwise the diary is quiet.
The summer break comes after a very busy first half of 2016 which has seen a high profile State Visit to Bhutan by Sweden's King and Queen, a string of engagements for all the family at home, celebrations to mark Carl XVI Gustaf's 70th birthday and his and Silvia's 40th wedding anniversary. Oh yes, there were two royal babies as well and the christening of Prince Oscar to enjoy on top of all that.We know we will see the Royal Family together again on September 9th when Prince Alexander is christened meaning the autumn will start on a royal high. And once the summer break is over, expect an equally packed agenda but not quite so many new babies being born. For now.