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Sweden’s Crown Princess Couple visit son’s duchy


By Frankie Fouganthin - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wiki Commons

Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden have visited their son, Prince Oscar’s duchy of Skåne, to draw attention to the county’s efforts during the global health crisis.

The Crown Princess Couple made the trip to Skåne County on 26 November but did not bring along five-year-old Prince Oscar for the short tour. The heir to the Swedish throne and her husband were in the city of Malmö and were hosted by Skåne’s Governor Anneli Hulthén.

The royals first met with government and tourism representatives at the governor’s residence to learn how the pandemic impacted their businesses and livelihoods. The Crown Princess Couple then travelled to Skåne University Hospital to talk to the healthcare staff.

Staff from the Kryddgården health centre also were at Skåne University Hospital and spoke to Victoria and Daniel about the pandemic, vaccinations and samplings.

In the afternoon, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel visited Moderna Museum alongside Governor Hulthén. They were guided by Superintendent Gitte Ørskou and learned how the global health crisis affected the museum. They also received a tour of the exhibit “Balance Acts”, which contains works by Beate Wassermann being shown for the first time in Scandinavia.

Sports were next on the agenda for the active couple. They visited Sorgenfris IP to talk to young people and representatives from Malmö FF’s football and sports academy. They learned how the ongoing health situation has impacted them and their organisation. Some students from the academy presented the royals with football jerseys to mark their visit.

As the pandemic continues, Their Royal Highnesses visited St Peter’s Church and lit candles in memory of the victims of the global health crisis. They also participated in a devotional led by Rev. Gunilla Hallonsten and Pastor Ewa-Sofia Gudmundsson.

To conclude their visit to Skåne, Victoria and Daniel met with representatives from Swedavia, BRA and Securitas at Malmö Airport to learn about their operations during the ongoing health situation.

The visit was part of a series of visits by the Royal Family to each of Sweden’s counties to bring attention to local initiatives and show their support as the pandemic continues. The visits were the initiative of King Carl XVI Gustaf.

The King and Queen Silvia were due to visit Jämtland County on 29 November, but it has been postponed until 2022 due to the worsening health conditions across the globe.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.