Spanish State Visit to Sweden

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden are hosting King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain on their State Visit to Sweden from November 23rd to the 25th, to celebrate and build diplomatic, economic, and cultural ties in the first Spanish State Visit to Sweden in over 40 years. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and King Felipe VI of Spain are both descended through Queen Victoria from their respective grandmother, Crown Princess Margareta of Sweden, and great-grandmother, Queen Victoria Eugenie of Spain.

 The previous Spanish State Visits to Sweden

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In the afternoon of November 23rd, King Felipe and Queen Letizia departed in state from the State Pavilion at the Adolfo Suárez Madrid Barajas Airport, arriving in Sweden a few hours later and hosting a Reception for representatives of the Spanish community residing in Sweden at the Swedish Embassy in Stockholm.

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The following morning, King Felipe and Queen Letizia met with King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia at the Royal Mews ahead of a carriage procession to the Royal Palace of Stockholm, for the official Welcome Ceremony, during which the King received military honours and inspected the guard of honour. Afterwards, the group were joined by other members of the Swedish Royal Family for an Audience and Luncheon inside the Palace.

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In the afternoon, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia joined King Felipe and Queen Letizia to visit the Nobel Museum, to see a special exhibition by the artist Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the Nobel Laureate in Medicine in 1906. Later, King Felipe met with the Speaker of the Riksdag and the Prime Minister while Queen Silvia, Queen Letizia, and CCrown Princess Victoria attended a seminar at Karolinska Institutet in Solna, addressing issues related to disability and rare diagnoses.

In the evening, King Carl Gustaf (in the Order of the Golden Fleece) and Queen Silvia (wearing the Swedish Cameo Tiara and the Spanish Order of Carlos III) hosted a State Banquet in honour of King Felipe (in the Swedish Order of the Seraphim) and Queen Letizia (wearing the Fleur-de-Lys Tiara, Joyas de Pasar Earrings and Bracelets, and her Fleur de Lys Brooch and the Swedish Order of the Seraphim) at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. They processed down the media corridor and received guests before the Banquet. Both Kings gave speeches. Crown Princess Victoria (wearing the Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara and the Spanish Order of Isabella the Catholic), Prince Daniel (in the Spanish Order of Civil Merit), Prince Carl Philip (in the Spanish Order of Civil Merit), and Princess Sofia (wearing her Wedding Tiara and the Spanish Order of Civil Merit) were also present.

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On the morning of the last day, King Felipe and King Carl XVI Gustaf attended a business seminar at the Grand Hôtel in Stockholm during which representatives of five industries from each country had talks based on the themes of the state visit, followed by a visit to the Royal Institute of Technology to discuss smart transport, digitization and a sustainable recovery after the pandemic, as well as a visit to the Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences, to attend a discussion session between Spanish and Swedish experts on sustainable energy and climate change.

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Meanwhile, Queen Silvia and Queen Letizia visited the Bernadotte Library at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, to participate in a seminar on language, literature and translation, with the collaboration of the Cervantes Institute and the Swedish Institute.

In the afternoon, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia joined King Felipe and Queen Letizia to attend a Luncheon hosted by the City of Stockholm in the Golden Hall of the Stockholm City Hall, where the Nobel Prize Banquet is held. The couple receded the delivery of the golden key of the city and signed the Book of Honour. Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip, and Princess Sofia were also present.

That evening, King Felipe and Queen Letizia had a meeting with members of the Association of Spanish Scientists in Sweden, awarding the first “Margarita Salas” prize in recognition of the scientific work carried out by researchers of Spanish nationality. Afterwards, they hosted a Return Reception for the Swedish Royal Family at the Residence of the Spanish Ambassador, before the King and and Queen said goodbye to King Felipe and Queen Letizia as they boarded their plane at Arlanda Airport to return to Spain.

 The previous Spanish State Visits to Sweden

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One thought on “Spanish State Visit to Sweden

  1. Absolutely beautiful! That portrait of the Swedish Royal family and the King and Queen of Spain at the gala is gorgeous! All the ladies wore very flattering and attractive dresses plus awesome tiaras. My favorite after “La Buena” is the Aquamarine Kokoshnik worn by CP Victoria. The morning events were very excellent too. I especially love the fact that King Carl XVI Gustaf wears a hat outdoors. Men look so fantastic in hats! I so wish their usage would make a comeback!

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