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Swedish royalty in Australia: Crown Princess Victoria’s whirlwind tour down under

The heir to the Swedish throne has had a whirlwind trip to Australia
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We were expecting their royal presence in 2020, but now almost three years later than scheduled, two senior members of the Swedish Royal Family finally touched down in Australia for a whirlwind tour.

Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel were in Australia for only two days, but made the most of their time by attending various events connected to defence, trade and sustainability, with the aim to strengthen ties between Australia and Sweden.

The future queen and her husband attended an indigenous smoking ceremony at the National Museum of Australia.

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Victoria is often clouted as “the future Queen”, as she is the next in line to the throne, being the eldest child of King Carl Gustaf and wife Queen Sylvia.

It is not the first time Victoria has visited Australia in an official capacity – she was here in 2005 – but it is the first time she has visited with her husband, a former personal trainer who she wed in 2010.

Together they have two children, Princess Estelle, 10, and Prince Oscar, 6, who don’t appear to be accompanying their parents on their travels.

Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel pose for a photo outside the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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The royal tour itinerary

Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel were wowed by the natural beauty at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney.

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MONDAY

On Monday February 13th, they attended a welcome ceremony at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.

They then visited the Namadgi National Park to learn about the effects of the 2020 bushfires as well as a koala rehabilitation centre.

TUESDAY

On Tuesday the royal couple travelled Sydney, ending their day at a reception hosted by the NSW Governor.

WEDNESDAY

Wednesday saw the Prince and Princess tour the Sydney Opera House as a means of highlighting the Swedish company Höganäs’ contribution to the building’s famous roof.

They also visited the Royal Botanic Gardens, St Vincent’s Hospital and meet with Australian women’s football team the Matildas and its Swedish coach, Tony Gustafsso.

The couple then departed for New Zealand on Thursday February 16th where they will remain for a handful of days before returning to Sweden for King Gustaf’s heart surgery on February 20.

He is expected to take two weeks off from his official duties to recover.

It is expected that the Crown Princess will act as regent during this time given she is next in line for the Swedish throne.

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