Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden was scheduled to accompany her husband on a trip to the Winter Olympics in South Korea. However, on Friday afternoon the Royal Court announced that Her Majesty had to cancel her attendance due to “other commitments”.
Several weeks ago, the Swedish Royal Court announced King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia would travel to South Korea to cheer on the Swedish athletes at the Winter Olympics. Due to the death of Prince Henrik of Denmark earlier this week, the Royal Court stated that their trip to South Korea would be delayed until after the funeral. The Court also confirmed someone of the Swedish Royal Family would be attending the funeral of Queen Margrethe’s husband.
A couple of days later, the Swedish Royal Court announced that the King and Queen were to travel to South Korea as initially planned. This was after the Danish Royal Court announced the funeral of Prince Henrik is going to be very intimate and without any royal guests (except his family) according to the Prince’s last wishes.
This morning, however, only hours before the Swedish royal couple were to leave for the Winter Olympics, it was announced that Queen Silvia had a change of heart and decided not to accompany her husband. King Carl XVI Gustaf will be arriving in South Korea on Saturday as planned.
The Royal Family’s head of communications said: “The King and Queen have many commitments. It was planned that the Queen would come along, but now there are several other commitments in Sweden that need her attention. Therefore, she has chosen not to travel to South Korea.”
The Swedish newspaper Expressen asked the Royal Court what kind of commitments are keeping the Queen in Sweden.
Margaretha Thorgen, head of communications, said: “There are many different commitments, official and private. But the Queen is sad about not being able to go along, but due to other commitments, she has chosen not to go.”
Queen Silvia’s youngest daughter Princess Madeleine and her family have reportedly landed in Sweden earlier this week as the Princess has decided to give birth in the country. The Royal Court denied that The Queen is staying in Sweden because she wants to be with her heavily pregnant daughter.