Swedish State Visit to Japan, 2007

King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia are starting a 4-day Official Visit to Japan today, to celebrate 150 years of diplomatic relations. To mark this visit, we are taking a look at their last State Visit to Japan, in 2007-

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In the morning of Day 1, the Swedish Royal Couple were welcomed by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the Imperial Palace, and later visited the ’21-21′ Design Museum. In the evening, King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia (wearing the King Edward VII Ruby Tiara) were guests of honour at the State Banquet hosted by the Imperial Couple at the Imperial Palace.

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The following day, the two Royal Couples saw the original copy of ‘Systema Naturae’ by Carl von Linne at the National Science Museum in Tokyo and attended a  luncheon organized by the Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Industry. That evening, King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia (in the Connaught Diamond Tiara) hosted a Return Banquet for the Emperor and Empress at a Tokyo Hotel.

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On the last two days, King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia were accompanied by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on a visit to the city of Kawagoe, where they saw furniture craftsmen, a traditional ‘Kagura’ dance, and visited the Kitain Temple. The following day, the Swedish Royal Couple bid farewell to their Japanese counterparts at their Hotel in Tokyo.

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2 thoughts on “Swedish State Visit to Japan, 2007

  1. Aaaah! The gorgeous King Edward VII ruby tiara came out to play during this trip. I think this may have been the very last time it did, so it’s reappearance is definitely overdue! I think the Queen doesn’t wear it more often because of some controversy associated with it and one of King Carl Gustaf’s uncles, Prince Sigvard. This was a two tiara visit, which would make it very special today.

    That little white saucer-like hat the Empress is wearing looks good on her. The Empress actually looks quite sassy in her beautiful tailored white suit and her jaunty little hat. I’m afraid the magenta “growth” Queen Silvia has on the side of her head looks good on no one. I’m so glad those adornments have gone out of favor- or at least they’re not as ubiquitous. Aside from that, the ladies look great even though it’s been 11 years since the visit!

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  2. I ageee about that magenta ensemble. Queen Silvia rarely puts a foot wrong with the clothing choices, but this was a rare slip. The two ladies look very lovely together and seem to have a real rapport.

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