Finnish State Visit to Sweden

The Swedish Royal Family hosting President Sauli Niinistö and First Lady Jenni Haukio of Finland, who are on a State Visit to Sweden from May 17th to the 19th, to celebrate and build diplomatic, economic, and cultural ties. King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia last made a State Visit to Finland in 2015, while the last Finnish State Visit was in 2012.

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King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia welcomed President Sauli Niinistö and First Lady Jenni Haukio at the Royal Mews ahead of a carriage procession to the Royal Palace of Stockholm, for the official Welcome Ceremony, during which the King and President received military honours and inspected the guard of honour.

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Afterwards, the group were joined by other members of the Swedish Royal Family for an Audience and Luncheon inside the Palace. Later, the King and President Niinistö gave press statements in Lovisa Ulrika’s dining room followed by a visit to the Swedish Parliament, while the Queen and First Lady were given a tour of the Bernadotte Library before visiting the Waldemarsudde art museum to see the ‘Light Over the Sea and Land’ exhibition.

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In the evening, King Carl Gustaf (in the ) and Queen Silvia (wearing the King Edward VII Ruby Tiara) hosted a State Banquet in honour of President Sauli Niinistö and First Lady Jenni Haukio at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. They processed down the media corridor and received guests before the Banquet. Both the King and President gave speeches. Crown Princess Victoria (wearing the Napoleonic Cut-Steel Tiara with the Earrings and Bracelet of the Cameo Parure), Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip, and Princess Sofia (in her Wedding Tiara) were also present. The President wore the Order of the Seraphim, while the First Lady wore the Order of the Polar Star, while the Royal Family wore the Order of the White Rose of Finland.

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4 thoughts on “Finnish State Visit to Sweden

  1. Oh, wow! Awesome!!! Queen Silvia wore the King Edward VII Ruby Tiara!!!! She hasn’t worn it in at least 10 years!!! Very cool!!! The First Lady of Finland was as elegant as she always is.

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      1. Oh, wow, I didn’t remember that! It’s still too long a wait. They should bring that one out more often than the Steel Cut tiaras they wear all the time. I just can’t get behind the idea of using stainless steel as a tiara, regardless of the workmanship. 😦

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  2. Trust the Swedish Royal Family to get out the bling! I was rather disappointed with the dress-code in Spain (although it was wonderful they kept it white-tie, but I just thought they could have added tiaras and Orders as well) so it was good to see that the tiaras get worn in Sweden when there is a Head of State visiting. The Queen, the Crown Princess and Princess Sofia all looked lovely and very elegant and the gentlemen very smart! Nice to see Crown Princess Margaret’s Ruby tiara worn again as well as it is not worn too often!!

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