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Crown Princess Victoria’s visit to Japan – day 1

Yesterday, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden started her visit to Japan. Her Royal Highness’s solo-visit will last from 18 through 21 April. Prince Daniel will remain in Sweden to care for their two children, five-year-old Princess Estelle and one-year-old Prince Oscar. Crown Princess Victoria began her visit in Tokyo with a lunch together with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan before she attended a meeting at the Royal Swedish Embassy in Tokyo where the subject of the conversation was Japan’s efforts on sustainability issues.

Since the Crown Princess will be away for several days from her young children, she thought it was important to spend some quality time with them on Easter before she went to Japan. Victoria had no public events planned except for the memorial service held at City Hall in honour of the victims of the terror attack in Stockholm, the week before Easter.

Last weekend she and her family were spotted walking in the park around Haga Palace. She was spotted by a tourist who quickly arrived with his camera; the Crown Princess greeted him cheerfully. In the picture, you can see Crown Princess Victoria transporting little Oscar in the stroller while Daniel gives a helping hand to Estelle who is currently learning to ride a bike.

H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria, H.R.H. Prince Daniel and H.R.H. Princess Estelle. Photo: Kate Gabor, The Royal Court, Sweden.

Yesterday concluded with a dinner at the Swedish Embassy for Japanese fishing companies and experts on fish. The meeting was a follow-up of the “Soneva Dialogue,” held in the Maldives in November 2016, where multinational businesses in the fisheries and aquaculture took part along with leading scientists from both Europe, North America and Asia.

Crown Princess Victoria gave a speech during the dinner. She said, “I brought with me, here tonight, this small plant of pine. It can be seen as a symbol of my country. This little plant will need to grow for about 80 to 90 years before it is ready to fall. So planting it is not something you do for yourself, but for your children and grandchildren. It is an investment for future generations. Now, you may wonder, why am I talking to you about forests? It is because I believe that there is a common ground between Swedish forestry and Japanese fishery. They are both national industries that have been around for many, many generations.”

Today, Her Royal Highness will attend several events in Tokyo. Her visit will primarily revolve around events related to the Swedish forest industries and Japanese fishing industry. The original plan was for the Crown Princess to also attend the launch of H&M’s Conscious Exclusive Collection. However, this has now been cancelled due to it conflicting with other important events in her programme.

The Crown Princess has had a busy schedule during this month. On 26 April, she will attend the anniversary of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague, Netherlands.

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