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Sweden’s Royal Opera to become pop-up wedding venue during Stockholm Pride

To mark Stockholm Pride 2016, Sweden’s  stunning Kungliga Operan  (Royal Opera) is set to become a pop-up wedding venue for a day.

Kunglig Operan, Stockholm.
Kungliga Operan, Stockholm. Image by Malouette / CC BY-SA 2.0

The 19th-century building’s stunning Guldfoajén (Gold Foyer) will be the venue for nuptials on 29 July, and will be officiated by Karin Wanngård, Mayor of Stockholm, and the renowned Swedish tenor Rickard Söderberg.

Operan’s Communications Officer, Frida Nilson, told The Local, “It’s a chance to take advantage of our wonderful building and be a part of the happiness and love there is during Stockholm Pride.”

Couples hoping to be married at the unique venue will need to register their interest in advance in order to secure one of the 20-minute ceremonies available.

In a statement, Mayor Wanngård said, “First and foremost it’s a fun event. Getting married is a big day in a person’s life. But it is also an important symbolic gesture that shows Stockholm is characterised by tolerance, and that we are a city for all.”

Billed as the largest Pride festival in Scandinavia, Stockholm Pride 2016 takes place from 25-31 July, celebrating LGBT culture and promoting equal rights for LGBT people around the world.