Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway are among the Nordic Monarchs and Heads of State are in Helsinki to celebrate the centenary of Finland’s independence on June 1st.
President Sauli Niinistö and First Lady Jenni Haukio of Finland welcomed Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway and President Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson and First Lady Eliza Jean Reid of Iceland in an Official Welcome Ceremony in the forecourt of the Presidential Palace of Helsinki. Afterwards, the Presidential couple and their guests greeted public from the balcony of the Presidential Palace.
Later, the Nordic Heads of State attended a lunch hosted by Helsinki’s mayor Jan Vapaavuori at the City Hall. Afterwards, they greeted members of the public on their way to the Presidential Palace. They also watched a Dancing Finland (Koko Suomi) dance event, held in the Market Square, from the balcony of the City Hall. In the afternoon, the Nordic heads of state attended the re-inauguration of the Hanasaari Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre and also visited the Sibelius Monument in the Sibelius Park, where they heard singing by the choir of the Helsinki Music Centre, among other performances.
In the evening, President Sauli Niinistö and First Lady Jenni Haukio hosted a Banquet for fellow Nordic Heads of State and 180 guests at the Presidential Palace. President Sauli Niinistö and Queen Margrethe gave speeches.
Queen Margrethe wore a red coat and hat over a floral dress with a two strand pearl necklace and a brooch given by former President Urho Kekkonen of Finland. King Harald wore a dark suit with a red tie. Queen Sonja wore wore a cream dress, coat, and hat with modern silver jewelry and a Naisen ääni/Dream Brooch given by the President and First Lady. King Carl Gustaf wore a dark suit with a blue tie. Queen Silvia wore a teal skirt, jacket, and hat with pearl earrings.
At the Banquet, Queen Margrethe repeated her teal lace gow with the Baden Palmette Tiara, diamond earrings, a diamond riviere, and the Collar of the Order of the White Rose. King Harald wore White Tie with the Collar of the Order of the White Rose. Queen Sonja wore her yellow lace gown with Queen Maud’s Pearl and Diamond Tiara, multiple strands of pearls, pearl and diamond earrings, the Drapers’ Company Brooch and the Sash of the Order of the White Rose. King Carl Gustaf wore White Tie with the Collar of the Order of the White Rose. Queen Silvia wore a teal gown with the Baden Fringe Tiara, diamond earrings, diamond riviere, and the Collar of the Order of the White Rose. First Lady Jenni Haukio wore a pale blue gown with a beryl and gold demi-parure given by the Finnish Goldsmiths Association and the Sash of the Order of the White Rose.