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Queen Silvia to visit the Vatican

Princess Beatrix will attend the opening of the exhibition. Photo: RVD Koninklijk Huis via Wikimedia Commons.

Princess Beatrix will attend the opening of the exhibition. Photo: RVD Koninklijk Huis via Wikimedia Commons.

Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden will visit the Vatican next week. The Queen will from Wednesday to Thursday next week participate in various events in the holy city. Last time Queen Silvia was in the Vatican was in 2015; then she had brought with her Princess Madeleine, Madeleine’s husband, Christopher O’Neill, and their daughter, Princess Leonore.

On Wednesday, Queen Silvia will attend the seminar “Narcotics: Problems and Solutions of This Global Issue.” The Queen will open the seminar with a speech and then witness the various presentations throughout the day. The Queen will then meet the press after day one of the seminar is finished.

The same evening Her Majesty will open the exhibition “Rembrandt and the Vatican – images from heaven and earth” in the Vatican Museum. Queen Silvia will not be the only royal present at the opening of this exhibition. Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands will also attend the opening.

After the opening of the exhibition, the Queen will get a guided tour of the exhibition, which consists of 55 etchings and two paintings on loan from the Zorn Museum in Sweden. This is the first time Rembrandt’s art will be on display at the Vatican. The exhibition will be open to the public until the end of February 2017.

Later in the evening, Sweden’s ambassador to Italy will hold a dinner for the Queen and various guests from Italy, Sweden and the Vatican in the Swedish ambassador’s residence in Rome. On Thursday, the Queen will attend the seminar’s second day. It is also expected that Pope Francis will visit the seminar on this day, as well. The Pope and the Queen met not long ago in Sweden. They met during the celebration of the 500-year anniversary of the Reformation, where the Pope met with both the Swedish King and Queen in the town of Lund.

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