A brief history
Looking back at the last 100 years, the Society continues to remain an important hub for developing and fostering ever important relations between our two countries.
Following our centennial we are ready to embark on a new inspiring and important chapter on our voyage ahead.
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.
The Society's 90th anniversary in 2009 was celebrated at Operaterrassen in the company of Princess Christina Mrs. Magnuson and her husband Tord Magnusson, Consul General of Mauritius in Stockholm.
Many lectures and seminars were held during these years, among other events the annual St Andrew's ball, Spring dinner, Garden Party and Christmas lunch. Since 2015 the Society has had regular "last-Wednesday-in-the-month" gatherings, the Society evenings. These are a tremendous success, the numbers of visitors continuing to grow each month.
In 2019, the Society celebrated its centenary. Festive and theme events were organised, such as a Centenary Garden Party 1919-style, film evenings and a special visit to Rånäs Castle. The Centennial celebrations culminated in a grand Centennial banquet at Grand Hotel in November.
2020 and onwards
During 2020 and onwards the Society has grown, and its members enjoy a weekly newsletter.