صدى البلد البلد سبورت قناة صدى البلد صدى البلد جامعات صدى البلد عقارات
Supervisor Elham AbolFateh
Editor in Chief Mohamed Wadie

ABBA Honored with Prestigious Swedish Knighthood


Mon 03 Jun 2024 | 11:18 PM
ABBA
ABBA
Yara Sameh

The Swedish pop quartet ABBA, who triumphed at the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest with the peppy love song “Waterloo,” were honored with one of the most prestigious knighthoods in Sweden from the Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf.

The Order of the Vasa was granted for the first time in almost 50 years. Agnetha Faltskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad became “Commander of the First Class” of the order for “very outstanding efforts in Swedish and international music life.”

Sweden has several orders, including the Royal Order of Seraphim, which is awarded to heads of state and foreign royals, and the Royal Order of the Polar Star given to foreign citizens and stateless persons.

The Royal Order of Vasa, which is given in recognition of personal efforts for Sweden or Swedish interests as well as the successful performance of public duties and assignments, was dormant until late 2022 when it was reactivated after regulations opened the Royal Orders to Swedish citizens again.

Abba

Earlier this year, candidates were nominated by the public and the Swedish government and the king approved the nominees that included ABBA.

The orders were awarded during a ceremony at the Royal Palace in the gilded Vita Havet Assembly Rooms. The monarch handed them the order in a red box while a diploma was given to them by Queen Silvia.

”The order you get today, today is Sweden’s thanks for your exceptional efforts,” the monarch said before handing out orders to “13 exceptional Swedes.”

Andersson, Faltskog, Lyngstad, who now uses the last name Reuss, and Ulvaeus received the order in an event that was aired live on Swedish media.

ABBA

The Eurovision victory turned ABBA into a pop sensation, by far the most successful band to win the pan-continental music contest. The band’s melodic disco pop sold hundreds of millions of records worldwide. The stage musical Mamma Mia! based on its songs is 25 years old and spawned two movies.

Coincidentally, the 2024 Eurovision was held in southern Sweden and was won by Swiss singer Nemo who won the 68th contest with “The Code,” an operatic pop-rap ode to the singer’s journey toward embracing identity.

The Swedish band members have not performed together live for four decades but released a comeback album, "Voyage", in 2021. The digital “ABBA-tars” opened in London in 2022.

Two other recipients were two 2023 Nobel Prize winners: French-Swedish physicist Anne L’Huillier, and Svante Pääbo, who won the coveted award in physics and medicine. They were both made Commander Grand Cross of the Royal Order of the Polar Star for “outstanding research efforts.”