Together again – ABBA reunite to accept knighthoods in Sweden


Global music legends ABBA have come together again in order to accept royal honours in the form of knighthoods in their home country of Sweden.

The foursome, known as Agnetha Faltskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, were presented with their honours at the Royal Palace in Stockholm.

The honours were handed out by King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden.

Each of the four band members were awarded the Royal Order of Vasa as ‘Commander of the First Class’ for ‘very outstanding efforts in Swedish and international music life.’

It is the first time in 50 years that the Royal Order of Vasa has been handed out.

The Royal Order of Vasa is a Swedish order of chivalry founded on 29 May 1772 by King Gustav III. It is awarded to Swedish citizens for service to state and society especially in the fields of agriculture, mining and commerce.

ABBA shot to fame in 1974 when the Swedish band won the Eurovision Song Contest, with their hit song Waterloo.

The competition took place in Brighton that year, and ABBA won despite the fact that the United Kingdom awarded the group ‘0’ or ‘nul’ points.

This year’s Eurovision Song Contest returned to Sweden, which just happened to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Waterloo win.

Many fans expected the iconic foursome to make a surprise appearance, but were instead treated to a dedication from the ABBA Voyage immersive avatar experience in London.