The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are to visit Sweden on 22-24 March it was announced yesterday (4 March) in London and Stockholm. They will be guests of the King and Queen.
The British Government have asked The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall to undertake official visits to Norway, Sweden and Denmark. These visits mark the start of official overseas celebrations of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The themes of the tour will include the strong historic and diplomatic links between the United Kingdom and all three countries. There will be a particular focus on commercial opportunities for British business to support our economy, military co-operation, environmental sustainability, social cohesion and youth opportunities.
In Sweden, The Prince and The Duchess will visit Europe’s largest youth activity centre at Fryshuset. Their Majesties will host an official lunch for Their Royal Highnesses. The remainder of the programme will focus on military and commercial cooperation, the international work of a world renowned environmental research centre and education. There will also be a visit to the Vasa warship which, like her counterpart the Mary Rose, was recovered in the twentieth century.
Britain’s Ambassador to Sweden, Paul Johnston, said “I’m delighted that Their Royal Highnesses will be coming to Sweden next month. This will be the start of a very busy programme of overseas travel this year, given the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. That they have prioritised Sweden underlines the importance of the relationship between the two Royal Families, governments and peoples, which this visit will certainly reinforce.
Notes for editors
The Prince of Wales last visited Norway in May 2010 and Denmark in December 2009. This will be The Prince’s first official visit to Sweden, though he has visited privately in the past, and The Duchess’s first official visit to all three countries.
For more information please contact the Clarence House Press Office, telephone 0044 (0) 20 7024 5506
UKTI in Sweden webpage