ABBA becomes royalty

ABBA in 1974 Credit: ABBA, Facebook

One of the world’s most cherished bands, ABBA, has been given a special honour by the King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf, for exceptional contributions to music and culture.

The members, Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Reuss have all become the Commanders of First Class of the Order. 

This marked a historic achievement, as the King welcomed the musicians to the Order of Vasa; one of the most esteemed orders of chivalry in Sweden. This was the first time in half a century that new members have been included.

The candidates were nominated by the public, and the government and the King made an official approval statement.

King Carl XVI Gustaf has shown his value of the band in the past, as ABBA performed for the marriage celebration of the King and Queen Silvia in 1976.

After 52 years of the band’s formation, ABBA´s songs continue to light up the lives of many with enchanting melodies and touching lyrics, elevating pop music to a royal level.

On May 31, an official ceremony to award the band will be held at the Royal Palace in  Stockholm; a city where ABBA was born in 1972.

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Written by

Anna Akopyan

Originally from Moscow, with Russian and Armenian origins, Anna has lived in Costa Blanca for over ten years. She is passionate about singing, acting and traveling.


    • M

      26 March 2024 • 12:40

      Well done, better late than never though, I salute your music and generation spanning tunes.

    • Leah backman

      26 March 2024 • 15:47

      Great news and well deserved. There will never be another group like ABBA. I am confused however why you pit Anni-Frid aka Frida as Frida Ruess?? I know her late husband was Ruess but I thought she never changed her name and a l ways went by Lyngstad. When she was married to Benny I don’t recall her being Frida Andersson


      27 March 2024 • 11:57


      • Neil

        28 March 2024 • 20:35

        Without doubt

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