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Old 01-29-2003, 03:09 AM
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Crown Princess Victoria's Cancelled USA Trip; 2003

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Swedesboro to treat guest like royalty

Sunday, January 26, 2003


SWEDESBORO -- Preparations are under way to roll out the red carpet for the future Queen of Sweden, Crown Princess Victoria, when she visits the borough in early April.

Members of the Trinity Episcopal Church and the Swedish Colonial Society met Friday to discuss everything from the princess' itinerary, her security, events and speeches to what will be served for lunch.


Princess Victoria's visit will mark two very important events in the area and in the lives of people of Swedish heritage: the 365th anniversary of the founding of the New Sweden Colony and the 300th anniversary of Trinity Episcopal (Old Swedes&#39 Church.

The schedule is still being worked out, but tentatively the celebration should start at about 11:30 a.m. on April 4. Joining the princess on her visit will be Swedish Ambassador Jan Eliasson.

Some of the proposals include a meeting with the princess by students from the Walter Hill School in Swedesboro and the Samuel Mickle School in East Greenwich Township, some of whom are direct descendants of Swedish settlers. Fourth-grade students in both schools are taught about the Swedish colony that is present-day Swedesboro, lessons that several in town agree need to become more widely taught throughout the United States.

Guests soon to be invited will include Swedesboro Mayor Edavide Azzari, members of the borough council, Gov. James E. McGreevey, U.S. Representatives Rob Andrews and Frank LoBiondo, state Senator and Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney, Freeholder William Krebs and many others.

Princess Victoria will be in town only one day as part of a 72-hour U.S. visit, officials said. The full itinerary should be made available in the next several weeks.

While in Swedesboro, the princess is scheduled to tour several of the historic sites, including the Old Swedes' Church and a granite monument that was dedicated to her father, King Carl XVI Gustaf, when he visited Swedesboro in 1976.

Born Victoria Ingrid Alice Desiree on July 14, 1977, the crown princess is first in line for the throne of Sweden.

Sandra S. Pfaff, co-chair of the New Sweden Colonial Society Jubilee, said Swedesboro's rich historic roots are extremely important reasons why Princess Victoria is planning to visit.

Swedish ships with settlers aboard reached the Delaware Bay near present-day Wilmington, Del. in March 1638. Years after arriving, settlers moved across the river and into a town they called Raccoon - now Swedesboro.

The colony, called New Sweden, would eventually stretch north in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and south to Maryland. Fort Elfsborg would be built near present-day Salem. New Sweden would continue to prosper until 1681, when William Penn received his charter for Pennsylvania and the three lower counties, including present-day Delaware.

In 1703, a log building was constructed on the banks of the Raccoon Creek, dedicated in 1705 as the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church. The site is now home to the Old Swedes' Church.

Herbert R. Rambo, governor of the Swedish Colonial Society, said plans have been in the works for the past seven years to have someone from the royal family visit the borough in time for the two anniversaries.

Rambo, whose family settled in present day Swedesboro in 1702 and who was honored by the King of Sweden in June and presented with the distinguished Royal Order of the North Star, said he's "thrilled" about the visit and will be counting the days until the princess' arrival.

The visit is also important to the future queen's ascent to the throne, as she is expected to learn about the history of Swedish settlements throughout the world.

"It's all very exciting," said the Rev. Dr. Rae Wynn Whiteley of the Trinity Episcopal Church. "It is really wonderful."
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Old 01-31-2003, 01:33 AM
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Swedish princess's visit will celebrate Wilmington history

By ROBIN BROWN
Bear Bureau reporter
01/29/2003

Sweden's crown princess will visit Delaware in April to celebrate the 365th anniversary of the Swedes' and Finns' settlement at what would become Wilmington, the region's first permanent European community.

At 25, Princess Victoria is royalty for a new generation, Alfred Nicolosi, spokesman for the Pennsylvania-based Swedish Colonial Society, said Tuesday. Her visit will honor Sweden's emigrants to America as well as the nations' linked histories and legacies.

The Swedish Embassy in Washington, D.C., estimates that about 5 million Swedish-Americans live in the United States. No estimate was available for Delaware.

Princess Victoria is slated to be in Wilmington April 5. She also will visit Philadelphia; Washington, D.C. and Swedesboro, N.J. A highlight of her Wilmington stay will be the unveiling of a 700-year-old royal portrait, following its restoration after discovery in the basement of The Nordic Museum in Sweden, Nicolosi said.

Society delegates Sandra Pfaff of Haverford, Pa., and Frances Allmond and Jayne Huntington, both of Brandywine Hundred, discussed the royal visit Tuesday at the Hotel du Pont.

"We're delighted and honored that she is coming," said Allmond, who, like her colleagues, is a member of the Delaware Swedish Colonial Society. That group is coordinating with the Pennsylvania-based organization on the Delaware leg of the princess's visit.

Princess Victoria, who studied at Yale and works with her country's young people, is first in line to the throne in Sweden. The country's crown is passed down without regard to gender, according to information from the Swedish Embassy. Before her visit to the Delaware Valley, the princess will complete several weeks of military service.

Pfaff said the princess's Wilmington visit is part of a three-day regional visit that Herbert R. Rambo, governor of the Pennsylvania-based group - the nation's oldest Swedish Colonial Society - started arranging two years ago.

While in Wilmington, Pfaff said, the princess will visit:

The Rocks in Christina Park, where the first Swedish and Finnish settlers landed March 29, 1638, at "New Sweden," later called Wilmington.

The Kalmar Nyckel, a 5-year-old replica of the Swedes' first ship.

Old Swedes Church, built by settlers in 1698-99 and one of only eight such remaining churches.

"By honoring the settlers and their contribution, the princess will be honoring all the immigrants that helped build the fabric of our nation," Nicolosi said.

The princess's parents, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, visited Delaware in 1988 for the 350th anniversary, prompting a month of history-related events and international news coverage. On this visit, the princess will travel with Swedish Ambassador Jan Eliasson and his wife, Kristin, Pfaff said.

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article and picture from www.expressen.se

Victorias Visit to the US in about two weeks can be canceled because of the threat of war.
The court evaluates the situation every day.

The court evaluates the situation every day.

The places she would visit is
New York - March 28
Washington DC - visit to the university and be a part of some "seminaries"
New Sweden - for the 365 years jubilee


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En attack kan stoppa kronprinsessan Victorias USA-besök

NEW YORK. Kronprinsessan Victoria ska åka till USA om två veckor.
Men kriget kan sätta stopp för resan.
- Blir det krig tar vi resan under övervägande, säger Elisabeth Tarras-Wahlberg.

Kronprinsessan Victoria ska enligt planerna dela ut ett hederspris på en galamiddag som Svenska Handelskammaren i New York anordnar fredag 28 mars. Därefter ska hon resa till Washington DC och besöka universitet och tankesmedjor för att lära sig om konfliktlösning, och även delta i 365-årsjubileumet av bosättningen New Sweden.
Men ett amerikanskt krig mot Irak kan innebära att kronprinsessan Victoria ställer in hela resan.
- Vi följer utvecklingen och vi kommer inte att ta några onödiga risker, säger Elisabeth Tarras-Wahlberg, presschef vid hovet.
- Sveriges ambassadör i Washington, Jan Eliasson, är ansvarig och jag har sagt till honom: blir det krig tar vi resan under övervägande.

Har kronprinsessan Victoria sagt något om vad hon vill?
- Nej, inget.

Hur stora chanser är det att hon åker?
- Jag kan inte svara på det. Vi får lyssna med alla först, och det vore dumt att fatta beslut på lösa grunder.
Hovet rådgör med UD och Säpo inför alla utlandsbesök för någon ur kungafamiljen, och det sker dagligen inför kronprinsessan Victorias eventuella resa till USA.
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Victoria cancelles trip to New York

The Royal Family has decided that it is not a good idee to go abroad right now. Late April Victoria will go to Saint Petersburg.
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how many work trips has she done to the US?
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As an American, I'm curious. Why is it more dangerous to go to NY than Russia? By all accounts, Russia would be a lot more dangerous!
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But didn´t Victoria go to that trip to "New Sweden"?, I think that I remember seeing photos from that visit, and i belive that we even got pictures taken from one of the members on this board (Dennism?)
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