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King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia begin their official visit to Brazil

Their Majesties the King and Queen of Sweden will, this spring, conduct two longer trips abroad. In May they will travel to Indonesia on an official state visit, but today, they begin a visit to Brazil. Queen Silvia is half Brazilian through her mother. As a result, Brazil holds a special place in the heart of the Swedish Royal Family. Her Majesty lived much of her childhood in the South American nation and part of her humanitarian organisation the World Childhood Foundation has a base in Brazil.

The official programme begins today. The visit starts in São Paulo, and His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf will attend the conference “Brazil-Sweden Business Leaders Forum” which aims to gather business leaders from both Sweden and Brazil to discuss partnerships and increasing the volume of trade between the two nations. However, Queen Silvia has no official engagements scheduled for today.

Queen Silvia at the UN in April 2016 regarding evidence-based drug prevention for the well-being of children and youth. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

On Tuesday, the King and Queen, together with the Brazil’s President Michel Temer and his wife, Marcela, will be present at an event organised by the Global Child Forum. Later that day, Their Majesties will have lunch with the Temer and the First Lady before Queen Silvia travels solo to participate in conversations associated with the care of older people and individuals who have a dementia-related disease.

The official programme will continue through the 6th April and involves participation in events in São Paulo, as well as the cities of Brasília and Gavião Peixoto. The King and Queen do not have any official duties in Sweden until the 18th April. Some believe there is a possibility that after their trip concludes on Thursday, the pair may spend some time privately in the country before returning home.

The Sweden’s King and Queen travel regularly to Brazil. In 2010, their visit had an unexpected and dramatic turn when their plane had to make an emergency landing because of bad weather. The unpleasant experience resulted in Their Majesties being late for their arrival.

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