The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be visiting Sweden and Norway on an official visit from Tuesday, 30 January to Friday, 2 February 2018.
William and Kate are also said to be looking forward to meeting many Swedes and Norwegians during their tour, including children and young people, those working in mental health, business leaders, academics, scientific research government, creative industries and members of the general public.
They will see what makes the Scandinavian culture so unique, from focusing on mental health issues in schools and young people, the importance of being active and spending time outdoors despite the temperature.
This will be the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first visit to both Stockholm and Oslo and said to be looking forward to exploring both cities during their visit, despite their busy, jammed-packed schedule.
Kensington Palace has said in a statement that the Duke and Duchess are looking forward to building a lasting friendship with people from both countries.
However, the couple’s children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte will remain at home.
Tuesday, 30 January
The Duke and Duchess will kick off their tour with a visit to a bandy hockey event at Vasaparken, an outdoor ice-skating rink in Stockholm’s city centre.
Next, the royal couple will attend a lunch hosted by King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia at the Royal Palace to officially welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Sweden. Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel with members of the Swedish Royal Court will also be present.
Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel will accompany the Duke and Duchess will as they walk along the picturesque cobbled streets from the Royal Palace to Stockholm’s oldest square, Stortorget, to meet members of the public and visit the Nobel Museum.
Prince William and Kate will meet with a number of Nobel Laureates and to learn more about the Museum’s history and science with the curator.
Afterwards, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend an event at Ark Des, Sweden’s national centre for architecture and deign. The event celebrates the best of Swedish design and architectural collaboration, from the most iconic and global furniture brands, such as Ikea, to up-and-coming homewares designers with new takes on sustainable furniture.
The Duke and Duchess and the Crown Prince Couple attend a black-tie dinner at the British Ambassador’s residence. Members of the Swedish Royal Family and representatives from the government, including Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, actors Stellan Skarsgård and Alicia Vikander, business and culture will also be present.
Wednesday, 31 January
The Crown Prince couple will accompany the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the world-famous Karolinska Institutet and Matthew School on Wednesday morning. The Karolinska Institutet accounts for over 40% of Sweden’s medical academic research.
William and Kate will meet with leading scientific researchers and practitioners to discuss groundbreaking in developmental psychology and to learn about Sweden’s approach to managing mental health, including the impact of physical activity.
The two royal couples will visit Matteusskolan, a comprehensive school in the city centre, where they will meet children who have taken part in the Youth Aware of Mental Health (YAM) programme.
That afternoon, they will visit one of Sweden’s leading department stores, NK, to open an interactive exhibition focusing on British design, fashion and brands currently operating in Sweden. This event will take place in NK’s entrance hall, with the best of British brands in the store’s display windows.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will call in at Haga Palace for a private tea with Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel at their official residence.
Depending on the weather, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will travel later that evening to the Fotografiksa Gallery by boat, where they can take in views of Stockholm at night as it travels around the harbour.
Upon arrival the Duke and Duchess will be given a short tour of the gallery’s latest exhibition by British photographer Nick Veasey before attending a reception with live music, drinks and canapés, focusing on Swedish cultural life, with invited guests from the music, film, television, arts and sports. Prince William will also give a speech.
Thursday, 1 February
In the morning, the Duke and Duchess will depart from Uppsala Airbase for their short flight to Norway.
Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit will meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge upon their arrival at Gardermoen Airport in Oslo.
King Harald and Queen Sonja will officially welcome William and Kate by hosting a luncheon at the Royal Palace, with other members of the Norwegian Royal Family present.
After lunch, the Duke and Duchess will visit Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s Sculpture Park within the Palace Gardens. The gardens were opened last year to mark King Harald and Queen Sonja’s Silver Jubilee in 2016.
The Duke and Duchess will also have a chance to meet with members of the public in the park.
That afternoon, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit will accompany the Duke and Duchess as they attend an event at the MESH office community in Tordenskiod Street. They will meet a number of business people from Norwegian and British companies, as they showcase their work and see how start-up businesses tackle issues such as the environment and mental health.
King Harald and Queen Sonja will host an official dinner for their royal guests at the Royal Palace. The Duke and Duchess will meet business leaders, government officials, serving members and veterans from the Norwegian Armed Forces as well as representatives from creative industries. Both King Harald and Prince William will give speeches.
Friday, 2 February
The Duke and Duchess’ last day begins as they accompany King Harald and Queen Sonja to Hartvig Nissen’s school to meet the creators and actors behind the successful Norwegian television series, Skam.
The series focuses on teenagers and the challenges they face today, including relationship issues. bullying, sexual assault and eating disorders.
William and Kate will meet with the stars and producers of Skam, and talk to students about the effect the series had on bringing these issues out to the public.
William and Kate will join the Crown Prince Couple for a private lunch at their official residence at Skaugum.
After lunch, the Crown Prince couple will accompany the Duke and Duchess to the picturesque setting of Holmenkollen, the snowy hills overlooking Oslo, and see how Norwegians enjoy the outdoors even during the coldest days.
William and Kate will see the Holmenkollen Ski Jump and visit the ski museum where they will see a demonstration from some of Norway’s top under-18 ski jumpers.
Norway has won more Winter Olympic medals than any other country at the Winter Olympics, so excitement is building around the forthcoming Games in South Korea later this year. The Duke and Duchess are hoping to discover how the Norwegians have maintained their record for so long.
Afterwards, the Duke and Duchess will attend an event hosted by the Norwegian Ski Federation at Øvresetertjern at Tryvann. William and Kate will join children taking part in a number of outdoor activities, including experiencing Sami tents and roasting sausages on an open fire. The will also speak to some ski instructors who provide sessions to help children active and engaged in sport.
The Duke and Duchess will travel to the airport to depart for their flight home.
A Right Royal Family Reunion
They are meeting up with royal relatives, as King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and King Harald V are both related to Queen Elizabeth II, as they are both descendants of Queen Victoria.
King Carl XVI Gustaf’s mother, Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, was one of Prince Leopold’s granddaughters. Leopold’s son, Charles Edward became Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, after his uncle, Prince Alfred died in 1900.
King Harald V of Norway is the grandson of Princess Maud of Wales, one of Edward VII and Queen Alexandra’s daughters and one of George V’s younger sisters. She married her cousin, Prince Carl of Denmark, on 22 July 1896. Prince Carl was offered the Norwegian throne in 1905 and ruled as Haakon VII. Their son reigned as Olav V from 1957 to 1991.
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