Royal Visit Sweden: Sporty Morning at Vasaparken (day 1)

After spending the night at the Residence of the British Ambassador, the Royal couple visited a bandy hockey event at Vasaparken in Stockholm as their first engagement of the tour. The popular sport is played on an outdoor ice-rink and the Duke and Duchess met a group of local players at the event. Bandy hocky is very similar to ice hockey, but the players use a ball instead of a puck. Since its popularity is still very much increasing (both in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and the USA), it may become an Olympic sport in the near future too.

The Duke and Duchess met a few very cute young hockey players.

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After hearing more about the game, the couple joined in on a penalty shoot-out on the ice. The Duchess scored 1 of her 3 penalties, but the Duke did better: he won the shoot-out with 2 out of his 3 penalties. They visibly had lots of fun trying!

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A team picture was taken afterwards with all of the bandy hockey players and the Royal couple.

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For this first event, the Duchess wore a black coat by the British brand Burberry, a sweater by the Swedish brand Fjallraven, black pants with black snowboots from Sorel (ID by the amazing @HeavenQRF) . She’s also wearing a burgundy scarf, her Asprey London button earrings, a grey Eugenia Kim bobble hat and John Lewis gloves (ID by the very talented @Perthsfashion). As prince William is also wearing a burgundy hat, they’re both wrapped up against the cold outside.

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Judging from the picture below, this might be HRH’s wool Fjällraven sweater. Fjällraven was founded in Sweden in 1960 and is particularly known for its outdoor wear.

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Later today:

  • 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).

Tonight: 

  • 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.

The full itinerary can be read via this link.

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