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King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia’s visit to Brazil enters its final day

His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf and Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden have had three exciting days in Brazil. The Swedish King and Queen are on a four-day long official trip to the country, which began on Monday and will come to a conclusion today. They have met Brazilian President Temer and representatives from national and local governments. The royal couple also worked to promote children’s rights and a closer economic relationship between Sweden and Brazil.

The visit began in São Paulo where the King attended the Brazil-Sweden Business Leader’s Forum. In connection with this conference, His Majesty held a speech in which he said: “First of all, let me say that I am delighted to be back in Brazil and in São Paulo. It is always a pleasure to be here.”

Queen Silvia had no official duties on Monday, but there were several posts and photos on social media of the Queen while she met locals and people associated with her charity organisation, World Childhood Foundation, referred to as Childhood Brazil in the country.

On Tuesday, the visit in São Paulo continued. Then both the King and the Queen were in attendance at the Global Child Forum. The conference was organised by UNICEF in collaboration with Childhood Brazil and more than 350 experts on children’s rights; these groups took part along with the King and Queen. The conference theme revolved around how to invest in every child and how to get business leaders to support the fight for children’s rights.

Their Majesties each gave a speech during the conference. Queen Silvia remarked in her speech: “This is a very special forum for me. As you may know, I spent part of my childhood here in Brazil. Furthermore, it was here that my commitment to children’s rights issues were once ignited.”

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

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden will, this spring, conduct two longer trips abroad. This trip to Brazil was the first of the two. In May, they will travel to Indonesia on an official state visit. That same month, His Majesty will go to the United States for the Royal Technology Mission from 2 May to 6 May.

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 King and Queen do not have any official duties in Sweden until the 18thApril. 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 to Sweden.

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