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Programme for Crown Princess Couple’s visit to Italy

The Swedish Royal Court has announced Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel’s schedule for their three-day trip to Italy.

Ulrika Näsholm, Information Officer for the Royal Court, told Royal Central last month that the Crown Princess Couple would begin their tour in Rome on Thursday, 15 December in the early afternoon before travelling to Milan the next day at lunch, and they would conclude their visit to Italy on Saturday, 17 December mid-day.

Yesterday, the full details were revealed. They will visit the country with Anna Ekström, the Secondary and Education Initiative Minister. The Court has said, “The purpose of the visit is to promote health and cultural issues and to promote Swedish business. The image of Sweden in Italy is positive, and the goal is to further deepen the relations between the countries.”

On 15 December, Victoria, Daniel, and Anna Ekström will meet President Laura Boldrini of the Chamber of Deputies, the Camera dei Deputati. The President of the Chamber of Deputies is the third highest political office after the President of Italy and the Speaker of the Senate. Afterwards, they will be shown around the women’s hall by President Boldrini.

Next, Their Royal Highnesses will travel with the Minister to visit the Birgittine Nuns. While there, they will meet Mother Tekla and Mother Fabia with the former leaving her position as the Birgittine Nuns’ General Abbess of Rome due to her advancing age. She had held the position since the 1980s. Mother Fabia succeeded her in this post.

After this visit, they will travel to A.S. Roma football club. They will see the club’s project for young people with disabilities.

Their final event on Thursday will be at the Swedish Ambassador’s residence. Their Royal Highnesses will attend the annual Lucia Reception hosted by Robert Rydberg, Sweden’s ambassador to Italy.

On Friday, 16 December, the trio will visit the Swedish Rominstitutet to “get information on current research as well as a display of the Institute,” says the Royal Court. In a press release, they explained, “Swedish Rominstitutet is the base for the Swedish archaeological excavations and scientific activities in Italy. The Institute has a research library with about 60,000 volumes.” Crown Prince Gustaf Adolph, later King Gustaf VI Adolph, founded the Institute in 1925 and served as its board’s first chairman.

Next on their agenda is to meet Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva for a bilateral meeting. The Crown Princess will then participate in a seminar “Step it up together with rural women to end hunger and poverty” which was created to draw attention to women’s important role in the achieving of the Global Sustainability of the United Nations. After the seminar, the Crown Princess Couple will travel to Milan.

After arriving in Milan, Their Royal Highnesses and Ms Ekström will visit the Frip concept store where they will meet the owner, Anna Stener to talk about what it is like to sell Swedish fashion in Italy. Next, they will participate in the Lucia Reception of the Swedish-Italian Chamber of Commerce Assosvezias.

On their final day in Italy, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, and Minister Ekström will visit the Research San Raffaele Hospital. While there, they will learn about their activities and the Swedish company, Getinge, which provides the surgical equipment to the hospital.

After this, they will travel to visit the Volvo Group to see their work in developing sustainable transport. To conclude their trip, they will visit the Swedish restaurant Björk. Here they will speak to the founder, Giuliana Rosset, regarding what it is like to serve Nordic and Swedish food in Italy. It has locations in Aosta and Milan with “an associated food and Nordic design shop,” according to the Royal Court, and focuses on healthy eating.

This will be the first official visit to Italy for Prince Daniel and the second for the Crown Princess. Crown Princess Victoria’s last visit was in 2009 to Sicily. Princess Estelle is expected to stay back in Sweden with her grandparents to attend school, but Prince Oscar will travel with his parents due to his age.

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