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Sweden’s King and Queen visit hospice

Today, His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustav and Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden visited a hospice for homeless people in the Swedish town of Eskilstuna located in eastern Sweden, not far from the capital of Stockholm. The hospice in Eskilstuna has been operational since October 1999 and offers emergency rooms for 10 homeless people. They are distributed among eight beds for men and two beds for women. During their visit, the King and Queen were able to see how important the hospice is, how it’s operated and why this has been such a successful project in Eskilstuna.

Today it snowed heavily over all of eastern Sweden, but this did not prevent the King and Queen’s visit to the shelter. They had spent a few days on their estate, Stenhammar, and it was here that they came from to Eskilstuna.

Stenhammar, one of the many castles that the Swedish King owns. Photo: Jorchr via Wikimedia Commons.

Stenhammar, one of the many castles that the Swedish King owns. Photo: Jorchr via Wikimedia Commons.

The King and Queen have a long tradition of visiting hospices. Normally, they visit hospices located in Stockholm, but this year they have made the trip out of the capital. To the local press, King Carl Gustav said that he thought it was fanatic that this year he could make the trip to Eskilstuna. The King thought,  “It’s a pity that there is a need for hospices,” but he went on to praise those who work there for their devotion and dedication to those who have a difficult life. The King and Queen also got the opportunity to talk with some of those who lives at the hostel. A former user of the hospice who was from Portugal talked with Queen Silvia, and since the Queen is good in language, the conversation was held in Portuguese.

The King and Queen also got the opportunity to talk with some of those who live at the hospice. A former user of the hospice, who was from Portugal, talked with Queen Silvia, and the conversation was held in Portuguese. Her Majesty, who is half Brazilian, speaks Portuguese fluently among five other languages.

The King and Queen took their time. They spoke for a while with those who work with and those who use the hospice. Many also use the offer of a free meal, and therefore, a number of homeless people come to the hospice every evening. Just before the King and Queen left, they saw the preparations for the day’s dinner. Her Majesty is very interested in food and helped with the preparations.

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