For the first time since the 6th June became an official holiday (in 2005), I am actually in Sweden to celebrate the national day! And what better year to do it than 2011, which is the 100th anniversary of my town, Eslöv! And to top it all off, the Swedish King and Queen came to celebrate the national day in the local park, Trollsjön!
but the streets were not really lined with people waiting to see the King and Queen… I think most of them had been waiting for them at Stenberget (the Stone mountain), a local curiosity inspired by Babel’s tower.
The King made a speech about how Eslöv got the rights as a town in 1911 and why we celebrate our National day in Sweden. I like that he emphasised that we live in a multicultural society, especially as Eslöv unfortunately has the extreme right wing party represented in the local council.
The King handed over banners and flags to local organisations and clubs such as the Athletics club and the Scouts, before the local star John-Martin Bengtsson sang “Anthem” from the musical Chess, and the family band Carlings entertained the audience with bag pipes and trumpets.
My mother, who is a school nurse, worked as an emergency official during the event and just came home to tell us her experience. No emergencies, only some old ladies who came for some water – it is very hot today, and a chat. When the royals left, my mother stood close to the Queen who went up to say hello to a child in a wheelchair – she probably made his / her day!