Spanish State Visits to Sweden

King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain will begin a State Visit to Sweden tomorrow, where they will be hosted by the Swedish Royal Family! The first Spanish State Visit to Sweden in over 40 years promises to be a splendid occasion, so we are featuring all the previous Spanish State Visits to Sweden. 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.   Continue reading

Queen in West Africa, 1961

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were on an extensive month-long Tour of West Africa on this day in 1961 (60 years ago), visiting Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Gambia. The Tour of West Africa came after an extensive 2-month Tour of India and Pakistan with State Visits to Nepal and Iran, as well as the Commonwealth Prime Ministers’ Banquet, which were followed by State Visits to Italy and the Vatican in May, and a long stay in Scotland in the Summer. Continue reading

Princess Elizabeth’s Tour of Canada, 1951

Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh completed their extensive Tour of Canada on this day in 1951, different phases of which we have been individually covering over the past few weeks. Following a busy Summer, with the Opening of the Festival of Britain, the Danish State Visit, the Norwegian State Visit, the Tour of Canada was the first sign of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke, who had given up his Naval Careerbecoming full-time working Royals in the last few months of King George VI’s life, ahead of her Accession to the Throne. Continue reading

Princess Alexandra in Japan, 1961

The Japanese Imperial Family hosted Princess Alexandra of Kent on her 8-Day Official Visit to Japan on this day in 1961, during an extensive Tour of the Far East which included also visits to Hong Kong, Thailand, Burma, and Yemen. Princess Alexandra’s visit was the first by a member of the British Royal Family since 1930, and was followed by British State Visit to Japan in 1975, in return to the Japanese State Visit to Britain in 1971Continue reading

Princess Elizabeth in Newfoundland, 1951 

Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived in Newfoundland on this day in 1951, at the end of their extensive Tour of Canada, different phases of which we have been individually covering over the past few weeks. Following a busy Summer, with the Opening of the Festival of Britain, the Danish State Visit, the Norwegian State Visit, the Tour of Canada was the first sign of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke, who had given up his Naval Careerbecoming full-time working Royals in the last few months of King George VI’s life, ahead of her Accession to the Throne.  Continue reading

Princess Elizabeth in Charlottetown, 1951 

Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island on this day in 1951, during their extensive Tour of Canada, different phases of which we have been individually covering over the past few weeks. Following a busy Summer, with the Opening of the Festival of Britain, the Danish State Visit, the Norwegian State Visit, the Tour of Canada was the first sign of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke, who had given up his Naval Careerbecoming full-time working Royals in the last few months of King George VI’s life, ahead of her Accession to the Throne.  Continue reading