But for a technical hitch, you’d have had this yesterday when it was fresh. It’s staler today, but still safe to consume. And even though Abba couldn’t make it, the ALMA award ceremony at Skansen in Stockholm on Wednesday was still good.
Crown Princess Victoria was there as usual, sitting next to Sonya Hartnett and the Minister for Culture. The weather was good and I didn’t see much use of the blankets provided. But then, Sonya is young and Victoria is a hardened veteran, as well as young.
The teenagers in the audience were there to scream when the various entertainers appeared. There was dancing, singing, drug free rap, plus a group of former shrubs (don’t ask).
They should really rehearse how to deal with the too large framed certificate and the flowers which Victoria hands the winner each year. The logistics are awful. You have to shake the royal hand, but what to do with the winnings? This time the nearby government minister was put to good use. According to tradition, the chat between Victoria and Sonya was private and we don’t know what was said. Will have to ask.
Winning was “weird and great” said Sonya, and her thank you speech was pretty good, and those weeks of practicing Swedish in the park with the dog paid off.
When pressed, Sonya said her favourite childhood book was Charlotte’s Web, and poor Victoria had to mumble something about liking Astrid Lindgren, again. She praised Emil this time, and he’s as good a role model for a future monarch as any.
Abba may have been unavailable, but Benny sent an autographed something (photo?, CD?) for Sonya. And then everyone sniffed the flowers they were handed, all to the tune of Pippi Longstocking.