The King presents the 2017 Nobel Prizes

On Sunday 10 December, the Royal Family attended the traditional Nobel festivities, which began at Stockholm Concert Hall.

During the ceremony, The King awarded the Nobel Prizes in Physics, Chemistry, Medicine and Literature, as well as the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel.

This year's Nobel Prize in Physicsexternal link, opens in new window was awarded to Rainer Weiss, Barry Barish and Kip Thorne (USA) "for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves".

The Nobel Prize in Chemistryexternal link, opens in new window was awarded to Jacques Dubochet (Switzerland), Joachim Frank (USA) and Richard Henderson (UK), "for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution".

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicineexternal link, opens in new window was awarded to Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young (USA) "for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm".

The Nobel Prize in Literatureexternal link, opens in new window was awarded to Kazuo Ishiguro (UK) "who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world".

The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobelexternal link, opens in new window was presented to Richard H. Thaler (USA) "for his contributions to behavioural economics".

During the ceremony at Stockholm Concert Hall. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

Music was performed by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Joana Carneiro, together with soprano Camilla Tilling and trumpeter Joakim Agnas.

After the ceremony at Stockholm Concert Hall, the Nobel festivities continued with the Nobel Banquet at Stockholm City Hall.

Tord Magnuson, Princess Christina, Princess Madeleine, Christopher O'Neill, Princess Sofia and Prince Carl Philip during the Nobel Prize ceremony at Stockholm Concert Hall. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Nobel Day

10 December was the date of Alfred Nobel's death. In his memory, 10 December is the day on which the Nobel Laureates receive their prizes.

The first Nobel Prizes were awarded in 1901.

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