Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden will have a busy February with details for a tour abroad released.
Their Royal Highnesses will be travelling to Australia and New Zealand from 13 to 18 February to strengthen the relationships between Sweden and both nations. They will be travelling with the Minister for Aid and Foreign Trade, Johan Forssell.
The couple will first visit Australia from 13 to 15 February, beginning their visit in Canberra with a trip to the Embassy before attending a ceremony at the National Museum of Australia and finishing the day with a dinner with the Governor General, King Charles III’s representative in Australia.
On the 14th they will begin the day in Canberra and then travel to Sydney for a reception in the evening. The 15th will be a busy day with several different meetings and events, including visiting the Sydney Opera House and the Botanic Gardens.
The Crown Princess and her husband will then be in New Zealand from February 16 to 18. After arriving in Wellington, they will visit Parliament in Wellington. On the 17th, they will again have a busy day and will meet with the Governor General for New Zealand for a lunch and the mayor of Wellington for a dinner amongst other engagements.
There are several main themes for this trip. While the trip will focus on promoting Swedish businesses, Victoria and Daniel will also be meeting with different organisations working in sustainability, healthcare, and sporting groups.
The Crown Princess has had a somewhat stressful January after her father, King Carl XVI Gustaf made comments in an interview on how he viewed the changes made to the succession laws in the 1970s, saying they were unfair to his son. Victoria was not made Crown Princess until these laws were enacted, but she has not made any comments on her father’s thoughts.
Crown Princess Victoria has visited Australia previously. On her 2005 trip, she had several engagements including meeting with children at a Swedish school and attending a gala celebrating Swedish fashion in Australia.