ABBA Reunite To Receive Highest Royal Honors From Sweden

The members of ABBA had a rare reunion Friday to receive one of Sweden’s highest honors at the royal palace in Stockholm.

Agnetha Faltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad were given the Royal Vasa Order by King Carl XVI Gustaf. The group was awarded the honor for their “very distinguished contributions within Swedish and international music life.”

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The Royal Vasa Order is a knighthood given in recognition of personal efforts for Sweden, as well as the successful performance of public duties and assignments, the Associated Press writes. They are the first Swedish citizens in nearly 50 years to receive the honor.

The four members of ABBA have not performed live together since 1982, and have only made a handful of appearances together over the ensuing decades. They most recently came together in 2022 at their avatar show ABBA: Voyage in London. They used that occasion to to record 2021’s Voyage, their first album since 1981’s The Visitors.

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