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Sweden’s King and Queen join forces for a full day of events in Gothenburg

King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden
Kungl. Hovstaterna

The King and Queen of Sweden have visited the city of Gothenburg. Although they came together, they split up and attended their own events that day before being reunited to attend an event together.

At the New Shipyard, at the start of his visit on October 15th 2021, the King participated in the naming of the research vessel Skagerak, while the Queen reopened the newly renovated Queen Silvia Children’s Hospital. In the afternoon, the Royal Couple attended the inauguration of the new organ in Gothenburg Concert Hall.

At the New Shipyard, the King was received by the Rector and Dean of the University of Gothenburg. The naming ceremony began with a speech by the Governor and Rector. The king then gave a speech in which he said, among other things: “The goal is for this advanced floating laboratory to make our country a world leader in marine research, teaching and collaboration. That’s a good ambition! I look forward to seeing it come true”.

The king named the ship “R/V Skagerak” by dropping an ice bottle against the ship. After the naming ceremony, Professor Abrahamsson showed the King the ship. The King also had the opportunity to participate in a conversation with researchers in the marine field at the University of Gothenburg.

Upon arrival at Drottning Silvia’s Children’s Hospital, the Queen was received by Professor Milsom, as well as the Area Manager and Hospital Director. During the visit, the Queen met staff and young patients in the therapy ward and also had a tour of the children’s intensive care unit. The inauguration ceremony was held in a glazed part of the hospital’s fourth floor and began with musical entertainment by the Gothenburg Opera’s children’s choir. Afterwards, there were presentations by the hospital’s operations and Annika Tännström, chair of the regional council.

At the Gothenburg Concert Hall, the Royal Couple was received by the CEO, the artistic director of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, CEO of the real estate company Higab, Chairman of the Board of Higab and the Chairman of the Board of Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Professor Hans Davidsson, chairman of the Gothenburg International Organ Academy, then played the organ and told the royals about its origins and unique functions.

The instrument, built by Rieger Orgelbau, together with an international group of organ experts, combines tradition with new technology and innovation. The organ is the only one in the world that has a separate bass organ under the audience’s feet with 40 large bass pipes. The construction means that the audience both hears and feels the low frequencies.

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written six books on historical subjects and more than 1.500 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.