Victoria & Daniel Visit Finland, Day One

  September 20, 2011 at 12:26 am by

Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel are currently on a two-day visit to neighbouring Finland. The couple are visiting the city of Turku, where they began yesterday morning by arriving at the Forum Marinum Maritime Centre to visit the Tre Kronor brig.

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At the Maritime Centre, the Crown Princess unveiled a silver plate to mark Finland’s position as one of the protectors of the Baltic Sea. A short time later, she was presented with a seal sculpture, designed by Stefan Lindfors and painted by Camilla Hackman, from the HejHylje! charity organisation. The seal sculpture is part of Turku’s ‘Capital of Culture’ year celebrations, around forty seals have been placed all around the city, and will be sold at auction to raise money for the protection of the Baltic Sea.

The Baltic Sea was the main focus of the first day of the couple’s trip, as they also attended a seminar entitled ‘The Baltic Sea Living Room’, where they listened to various measures groups and organisations are taking to preserve the Sea. Victoria and Daniel were also presented with a necklace and cufflinks, respectively, from the Guardians of the Baltic Sea.

The City of Turku then hosted a luncheon aboard the Suomen Joutsen rigger for the visiting couple. A visit to an art museum was on the agenda for the afternoon, before a gala dinner that evening at Turku Castle.

More about the visit can be found here.

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