Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden are embarking on an Official Visit to Australia today, so this gives us the perfect opportunity to feature King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia’s State Visit to Australia in 2005.
The State Visit began in Canberra with an Official Welcome with the Governor General in Canberra and a meeting with Prime Minister John Howard as well as a visit to the National Portrait Gallery, where the King and Queen saw a portrait of the newlywed Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.
The highlight of the State Visit was the remarkable amount of Gala Dinners, which began in Canberra with the State Dinner hosted by the Governor General Michael Jeffery and the Vice Regal Consort Marlena Jeffery in honour of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia (wearing the Modern Fringe Tiara) at Government House in Canberra.
The following day, the King and Queen visited the Australian National University in Canberra before going to Sydney where they opened the 'Swedish Living' Exhibition of Swedish Design in Australia at the Scandinavium, ahead of a State Dinner hosted by the Governor of New South Wales at Government House in Sydney.
On their third day, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia visited the Sydney Opera House and the Queen visited the Children’s Medical Research Institute at Westmead before the King and Queen hosted a Return Dinner in honour of the Governor General and the Vice Regal Consort at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.
The next day, the King and Queen were in Adelaide, where they visited the Yalumba Wine Company in the Barossa Valley and the Klemzig Primary School before the State Dinner hosted by the Premier of South Australia at the Hyatt Hotel in Adelaide.
On the fifth day, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia met Aboriginal elders at the Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in Central Australia, hiked the Walpa Gorge at Kata Tjuata, visited the Adelaide Government House and viewed the Sunset at Ayres Rock in Uluru. King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia ended their visit at the Mutitjulu Waterhole at Ayres Rock on the sixth day of their visit.