Details of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s upcoming tour to Sweden and Norway have been released today by Kensington Palace. This visit is at the request of The Foreign Office, and will be their first official visits to the two countries. They will visit Sweden first on 30-31 January and Norway on 1-2 February.
The party will arrive in Sweden on Monday 29 January and they will stay at the residence of the British Ambassador. The visit will take place in the capital Stockholm and the Royals will be joined by the Swedish Royal Family for several events. They will leave Stockholm for Oslo on the morning of 1 February.
From left to right: HRH Princess Madeleine, Mr. Chris O’Neill, HRH Crown Princess Victoria, HM King Carl-Gustav, HM Queen Silvia, HRH Prince Daniel, HRH Princess Sofia and HRH Prince Carl-Phillip. Photo Jonas Ekströmer, The Royal Court, Sweden
The Royal party will arrive in Oslo, the capital of Norway, on the morning of 1 February. They will stay at the Royal Palace with King Harald and Queen Sonja. The Duke and Duchess will be joined during their engagements in Oslo by members of the Norwegian Royal Family. The tour will end on the afternoon of 2 February.
From left to right: HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit, HRH Crown Prince Haakon, HM Queen Sonja and HM King Harald V. Photo: Jørgen Gomnæs / The Royal Court
In both countries, the Royal Couple is to attend no less than 21 events. Their entourage will consists out of 13 people (security detail not included), including private secretaries, personal assistants and a hairdresser. They will travel by private jet.
Tuesday 30 January
- After spending the night at the Residence of the British Ambassador, the Royal couple will visit a bandy hockey event at Vasaparken in Stockholm. The popular sport is played on an outdoor ice-rink and the Duke and Duchess will meet a group of local players at the event.
- The Duke and Duchess will then go to the Royal Palace to attend a luncheon hosted by King Carl-Gustav and Queen Silvia. Several members of the Swedish Royal Family are due to attend.
- After the luncheon, the Royal couple will be joined by Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel for a walk through the historical centre to the Nobel Museum. There is time for a small walkabout on one of Stockholm’s oldest squares. Inside the museum, TRH will meet several Nobel Laureates and learn more about the Nobel Laureate System. The prestigious Nobel Prizes are awarded every year in December in Stockholm by HM The King.
- The Duke and Duchess will visit Ark Des (the national centre for architecture and design) to attend an event celebrating the best of Swedish architecture and design (including the very famous IKEA).
- In the evening, Their Royal Highnesses will attend a glittering black-tie dinner at the Residence of the British Ambassador. They will be joined by members of the Royal Family, Swedish politicians (including Prime Minister Löfven) and several actors.
Wednesday 31 January
- The Duke and Duchess will begin their second day in Sweden with a visit to the Karolinska Institute, which hosts almost half of all medical research conducted in Sweden. For the visit, they will be joined by the Swedish Crown Princess and her husband, whose children were born in the hospital. The party will meet with scientists researching psychology and hear about Sweden’s approach to mental health issues. They will also hear more about the Youth Aware of Mental Health (YAM) programma, that focusses on 14-16 years old to increase knowledge on mental health.
- The Royal party will then visit the Matteusskolan in the city centre. They will join children who have taken part in the YAM programme and will speak to mentors who run the trainings.
- In the afternoon, the Duke, the Duchess, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel will visit the department store NK to open an exhibition of British design, fashion and brands.
- After the visit to NK, TRH will travel to Haga Palace (the Crown Princess’ families’ official residence) for a private tea with the Royal Couple.
- In the evening, the Duke and the Duchess will attend an event in celebration of contemporary culture at the Fotografiska Gallery. Guests will include people from the film, music and television industry, theatre, dance, art and sports. The Duke will deliver a speech. The Gallery currently has an exhibition by the British photographer Nick Veasy. TRH will tour the exhibition before joining the reception.
Thursday 1 February
- Prior to departure to Oslo, the Duke and Duchess will attend a briefing on the Swedish Armed forces and view some aircraft at Uppsala Airbase.
- At Oslo Gardemoen Airport, the Duke and Duchess will be received by Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit.
- From the airport, the Royal party will travel to the Royal Palace in Stockholm for an official luncheon with King Harald and Queen Sonja. Other members of the Norwegian Royal Family will be in attendance.
- After the luncheon, the Duke and Duchess will visit the Princess Ingrid Alexandra Sculpture Park near the Royal Palace. The Park was opened in honour of the heriditary Princess Ingrid Alexandra (14), the oldest daughter of the Norwegian Crown Prince Couple. The Duke and Duchess will embark on a short walkabout to meet members of the public during their visit to the park.
- In the afternoon, the Duke and Duchess and the Crown Prince couple will visit an event at MESH (a working space for entrepreneurs and start-up companies). TRH will meet a number of Norwegian and British companies based at MESH.
- The Duke and Duchess, again accompanied by the Crown Prince couple, will visit the Akershus Fortress in Oslo to look at Norway’s new search and rescue helicopter.
- Their Majesties the King and the Queen are helding an official dinner in honour of the Duke and the Duchess in the evening at the Royal Palace. Both King Harald and the Duke will give a speech at the dinner, which will be attended by members of the government, business leaders, people from the Norwegian creative industries and members of the Norwegian Armed Forces.
Friday 2 February
- The final day of the visit will start at the Hartvig Nissen School, which was the location for the very popular television programma ‘Skam’. Skam is a drama series focussing on teenagers and the challenges young people face during their youth. TRH will meet the stars and producers to hear more about the series.
- At Skaugum, the offical residence of the Crown Prince Couple, the Duke and Duchess will have a private luncheon with the Crown Prince and Crown Princess.
- Together with Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, the Royal couple will visit the Holmenkollen Ski Jump and the Holmenkollen skimuseum. They will watch a demonstration by the best young Norwegian ski jumpers afterwards.
- Their last engagement in Scandinavia will be an event organised by the Norwegian Ski Federation. TRH will see a group of nursery children take part in an afternoon ski session on the slopes near Oslo. The Duke and the Duchess will take part in some of the activities and speak to the instructors.
- TRH will then depart for London at Oslo Gardermoen Airport.