King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden are hosting the Governor General and Viceregal Consort of Canada, David Johnston and Mrs. Sharon Johnston, on a four-day State Visit to Sweden from February 19th to 23rd. On Day 1, the Governor General and Viceregal Consort were officially welcomed by King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia. They had an audience with other members of the royal family before a State Banquet in the evening at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. The Governor General is the Canadian Head of State and serves as the Federal Viceregal representative of the Queen of Canada, Queen Elizabeth II.
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The Governor General of Canada and Mrs. Sharon Johnston joined King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia at the Royal Mews for a carriage procession to the Royal Palace of Stockholm, for the official welcome ceremony. During the ceremony, the Governor General received military honours and inspected the guard of honour. Afterwards, the group were joined by other members of the royal family for an audience.
In the afternoon, the Queen and Viceregal Consort visited Fryshuset, where they learned about experiences and practices regarding preventive social work with young people in vulnerable situations, and how to ensure youth participation in society. The Governor General and Viceregal Consort had engagements throughout the rest of the afternoon.
In the evening, King Carl Gustaf hosted a State banquet in honour of Governor General and Viceregal Consort of Canada at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. They were joined by other members of the royal family. They processed down the media corridor and received guests before the Banquet. Both the King and Governor General gave speeches. The guests were served Fried scallops from Fröya with the tuber melanosporum, chervil and cauliflower cream, Easy Fried skreitorsk with parsnips, oscietrakaviar, chive oil and oyster beurre blanc, Fried dry aged kofilé with smoked marrow, löksymfoni and långpepparsky, and Mousse on toasted chocolate with pomegranate sorbet, salt, chocolate cream and iced hibiscus tea.
For the welcome ceremony and audience, Queen Silvia wore a teal skirt suit with her multi-coloured strand of pearls, pearl earrings, and bracelets. King Carl Gustav wore a Uniform with the sash of the Order of the Seraphim. For the Banquet, Queen Silvia wore a pale blue evening gown with the Nine Prong Tiara, diamond earrings, necklace, and brooch. King Carl Gustav wore White Tie with the sash and star of the Order of the Seraphim and the neck badge of the Order of the Polar Star..
For the audience, Princess Sofia wore a white Agnona dress with a gold hairpiece and pearl earrings. Prince Carl Phillip wore a black suit with a red tie. For the Banquet, Princess Sofia wore a navy blue gown with the Queen Josephine’s Amethyst Tiara for the first time, diamond earrings, and a circle brooch. Prince Carl Phillip wore White Tie with the sash and star of the Order of the Seraphim and the neck badge of the Order of the Polar Star.
For the audience, Princess Madeleine repeated a Giambattista Valli dress. Christopher O’Neill wore a navy suit with a silver tie. For the Banquet, Princess Madeleine wore a Temperley London pale blue gown with the Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara and aquamarine earrings. Christopher O’Neill wore White Tie with the neck badge of the Order of the Polar Star.
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