The Swedish British Society

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Welcome to the Swedish British Society

The Society was founded on 13th November 1919 at the instigation of Crown Prince Gustav Adolf. Archbishop Nathan Söderblom was elected President and Marcus Wallenberg Vice-president. 

Crown Prince Gustav Adolf and Crown Princess Margareta (a grand-daughter of the English Queen Victoria), agreed to become Patrons. They both took a keen interest in the Society but, sadly, Crown Princess Margareta died in 1920. 

When the Crown Prince remarried in 1923, it was to another Englishwoman, Lady Louise Mountbatten, who continued to take a kindly interest in the Society until her death in 1965.

The Society’s aims were the furtherance of Swedish-British contact and cultural activities, and in addition to purely social occasions, lectures by distinguished visitors, amateur theatricals and exchanges of schoolchildren were regular features of the programme between the wars. 

Conversation classes were held from en early date, and there were lunches and bridge evenings. To learn more about us, please go to A Brief History.

To see what we do today, see under Spring programme above.

Next event

Rånäs Castle and Sigtuna
Tuesday 28th May

Spring has arrived which means the Society’s Spring excursion.

This centennial year we acknowledge our Swedish inheritance and

 will visit Rånäs Slott, home of the famous bitter orange schnapps, pommeransbrännvin.

Sigtuna, home of Elsa Beskow’s Tant Brun, Tant Grön and Tant Gredelin is our next stop on the journey.

Tuesday 28th May, leaving at 9.30 am. 
A chartered bus will take us from Valhallavägen 157 (T-Station Karlaplan – exit Tessinparken)
to the seventeenth-century Italianate castle, Rånäs slott.
A guide will show us round and tell us its history. We’ll stay for lunch, 
after which there will be free time to wander in the beautiful park.
Our bus will then take us on to historic Sigtuna for afternoon coffee and cakes at 
Tant Bruns Kaffestuga. When we’ve strolled along Sigtuna High Street 
looking at the old houses and small shops, our bus will take us back to Valhallavägen 157,
arriving around 5.30 pm.
The cost of this all-day excursion is 750:- for members, 795:- for non-members (plusgiro 3424-9). 
This includes return bus, guided tour, lunch, afternoon coffee and cake. 
Remember to state your name and ‘Rånäs’ on the plusgiro form. 
Please book early – not later than 14th May to 08-678 73 33 or by e-mail to [email protected]

Visit to Svenskt tenn, 2019


Society evening, March 2019


Lilla Musikaliska, at our Garden Party, 2018