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Swedish Crown Princess Couple celebrates Alingsås 400th anniversary

Yesterday, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel went to their duchy of Västergötland to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the city of Alingsås. King Gustav II Adolf issued city rights to Alingsåsin 1619.

The Crown Princess Couple first toured the Kom Loss Fair which focuses on increased accessibility in increasing the opportunity for people to take part in leisure activities regardless of their disabilities. They also watched an indoor football game as part of the fair. Then, they walked to Nolhaga Castle where they planted a tree near the tree that was planted by King Carl XVI Gustaf when he attended the 375th year anniversary celebrations.

Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel next took part in the anniversary luncheon in the Grand Hotel before visiting Jartas Park where they learned more about the park and its renovation. The couple walked from the park and to the Main Square, and they stopped to greet the crowd waiting for them.

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I dag dag deltog Kronprinsessparet, hertiginnan och hertigen av Västergötland, vid Alingsås 400-årsjubileum. Jubileumsfirandet inleddes i Nolhagahallen där Kronprinsessparet träffade aktiva och ledare på Kom Loss-mässan. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Efter mässan planterade Kronprinsessan och Prins Daniel ett gulvedsträd i parken vid Nolhaga slott. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Eftermiddagen inleddes med en promenad från Grand hotel till Järtas park – en park som ska väcka nyfikenhet och vara tillgänglig för alla. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ På Stora torget avslutades jubileumsfirande med att Kronprinsessan höll ett jubileumstal i vilket hon bland annat sade: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ”I dag, den 21 september, är det precis fyra hundra år sedan som kung Gustav II Adolf utfärdade stadsrättigheter till Alingsås. Året var 1619. […] ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Mina damer och herrar, Alingsås historia är på många sätt också Sveriges historia. Er stads utveckling speglar vårt lands. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Prins Daniel och jag är så glada att vi får vara här och fira ert stora jubileum tillsammans med er.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷: SPA

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Crown Princess Victoria made a speech to celebrate the anniversary. She talked about the nice memories she has in the city: ” Our first trip to the country as a newlywed was to our duchy of Västergötland. And among other cities, here to Alingsås. And a few years earlier, I was here by myself and inaugurated an accessibility-adapted playground. And of course, I tried it too … So I have nice memories from here!”

She also talked about the city’s development over the years and its strong values for the future saying: “From a small church village of three hundred inhabitants to a city of forty thousand. From barter to the textile industry. And on to today’s many entrepreneurs in small and medium-sized businesses. Alingsås history is in many ways also Sweden’s history. […] Alingsås’s vision for 2040 is the quality of life for all through innovation, commitment, and accessibility. I am convinced that these are values ​​with strong sustainability – today, tomorrow and for a long time to come.” Following her speech, she and Prince Daniel watched the first part of the Alingsås 400 minutes anniversary concert.