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-
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.
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.
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.