A bust of Alfred Nobel takes centre stage, surrounded by beautiful flowers donated by the city of Sanremo in Italy, where Alfred Nobel spent the last few years of his life, and where he died on 10 December 1896.
The 2003 Nobel Prize Award Ceremony begins. Onstage are the 2003 Nobel Laureates, the Swedish Royal Family, previous Nobel Laureates, and members of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Nobel Assembly of Karolinska Institutet, the Swedish Academy and the Board of Directors of the Nobel Foundation.
The Swedish Royal Family in the front row (left to right) Princess Lilian, King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia and Crown Princess Victoria. Somewhat hidden are Princess Madeleine and Prince Carl Philip, with members of the Nobel Prize Awarding Institutions standing behind them.
Nobel Laureate in Literature, John M. Coetzee, center. The South African ambassador to Sweden Sonto Kudjoe, left, and her husband Dr John Kudjoe, right, after the 2003 Nobel Prize Award Ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall.