His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden received today the Nobel Peace Prize winner Juan Manuel Santos, the President of Colombia. President Santos received Saturday the Nobel Peace Prize in a ceremony at the Oslo City Hall. The Norwegian Nobel Committee stated in the announcement that the prize is also dedicated to the Colombian people and, especially, the victims in the more than 50-year long civil war. Earlier that day, he had been received in audience by King Harald of Norway, accompanied by Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit. Now, Santos has travelled from Oslo to Stockholm and met several members of the Swedish Royal Family earlier this morning.
It was His Majesty the King together with his daughter, Crown Princess Victoria, who met President Santos. The audience took place at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. What President Santos spoke about with King Carl XVI Gustaf and Crown Princess Victoria is not known. The press could only photograph the three before the meeting began. It is likely that the three discussed various foreign policy issues and, in particular, what is going to happen in Colombia in the future to ensure peace.
This is not the first time President Santos has met the King of Sweden. In 2015, Santos was also at an audience with the King at the palace in Stockholm along with Colombia’s foreign minister and the Swedish Prime Minister. In October 2015, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel were on an official visit to Colombia where they were welcomed by President Santos.
The Swedish Royal Family also hosted the ceremony of the other Nobel Prizes on Saturday and a banquet for the winners that same evening. Yesterday, the King hosted a dinner at the Royal Palace for the honourees. This included the Nobel Prize for Medicine who this year was awarded Yoshinori Ohsumi and Mariko Ohsumi.
President Santos will probably leave Sweden today or tomorrow. King Carl XVI Gustaf has no other official appointments today. Later today, Crown Princess Victoria attend an event organised by the Stockholm Air Force.