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Old 09-09-2015, 01:25 PM
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State Visit from Tunisia to Sweden: November 4-6, 2015

President of Tunisia, Beji Caid Essebsi will pay a State Visit to Sweden from 4 to 6 November 2015 at the invitation of King Carl XVI Gustaf.
Statsbesök från Tunisien - Sveriges Kungahus
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Old 10-28-2015, 03:33 AM
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About the program from the website of the government:

Wednesday, November 4
President Essebsi and his wife Farhat arrive at Arlanda airport on Wednesday morning. They are met by Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel. The royal couple meets them at the Royal Mews for the procession to the Royal Palace where a solemn welcome ceremony takes place.
In the afternoon Speaker Urban Ahlin meets the presidential couple at the parliament. The President gives after the meetings a speech in the First Chamber.
In the evening the royal couple hosts a banquet for the presidential couple at the Royal Palace.

Thursday, November 5
Thursday's program begins with a Business Forum organized by Business Sweden and the Tunisian Embassy. The president and the king participate at the introduction of the forum.
The visit is followed by lunch in the Stockholm City Hall with the President of the City Council, Eva Louise Erlandsson Slorach and Commissioner of Finance and Mayor of Stockholm Karin Wanngård as hosts.
In the afternoon, Prime Minister Stephen Löfven receives President Essebsi in Rosenbad. The meeting will be concluded with a joint press conference.
In the evening, the presidential couple hosts a reception for the royal couple.

Friday, November 6
Friday begins with a visit at the Ericsson Studio in Kista.
Then the presidential couple and the royal couple go to Uppsala where, among other things, they will visit Dag Hammarskjöld's grave and meet representatives of the Dag Hammarskjold Foundation.
Governor Peter Eghardt hosts a lunch at Uppsala Castle.
After lunch, the president and the king take part at a contract signing of cooperation between the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions and La Fédération des Villes Tunisiènnes. The Queen and the President's wife visit Frodeparken preschool.
The state visit ends with a farewell ceremony at the Arlanda airport where the royal couple says goodbye to the presidential couple.
Statsbesök från Tunisien 4–6 november - Regeringen.se
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Old 10-28-2015, 11:14 PM
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@Lady Finn - I looked on the court calendar and only CG & Silvia are on it for the Tunisian visit. Victoria and Daniel are greeting the president and first lady at the airport. Is that it? The two dinners look like tiara events like the state dinner for India this past summer.
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Old 10-29-2015, 02:49 AM
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@Lady Finn - I looked on the court calendar and only CG & Silvia are on it for the Tunisian visit. Victoria and Daniel are greeting the president and first lady at the airport. Is that it? The two dinners look like tiara events like the state dinner for India this past summer.
The court will update their calendar regarding to the state visit. Also before the Indian state visit in the summer the calendar was updated only a few days before. The king and queen are on a two week holiday now without work events. On Monday the king, queen, Victoria and Daniel attend at the information meeting with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs ahead of the state visit. Maybe the calendar will be updated just then.
Carl Philip and Sofia will likely attend at the group photo taken after the welcoming ceremonies, the state banquet and the reception the presidential couple hosts for the king and queen. Carl Philip attended at the receptions the Turkish and Portuguese presidents held for the king and queen.
Victoria and Daniel will attend at the welcoming at the airport, at the group photo, at the banquet and at the reception, and perhaps also at the lunch the City of Stockholm hosts for the presidential couple, like they did on Portuguese and Indian state visits.
But we will see after the state visit has begun.
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Old 11-01-2015, 01:45 PM
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On Monday November 2nd,The King,Queen,Crown Princess and Prince Daniel will attend an Information meeting with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs ahead of the state visit from Tunisia at the Royal Palace.
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Old 11-02-2015, 05:50 AM
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The king, queen, crown princess Victoria and prince Daniel attended today at the Royal Palace at the information meeting with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs to obtain in-depth knowledge of Tunisia.
Förberedelser inför statsbesöket från Tunisien - Sveriges Kungahus
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Old 11-02-2015, 07:35 AM
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The king, queen, crown princess Victoria and prince Daniel attended today at the Royal Palace at the information meeting with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs to obtain in-depth knowledge of Tunisia.
Förberedelser inför statsbesöket från Tunisien - Sveriges Kungahus
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This is the first time I've heard of the royal family meeting with the Foreign Minister (I presume he would be the counterpart of the US Secretary of State) ahead of a state visit. Is this the first time Sweden had any relations with Tunisia?
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Old 11-02-2015, 07:38 AM
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This is the first time I've heard of the royal family meeting with the Foreign Minister (I presume he would be the counterpart of the US Secretary of State) ahead of a state visit. Is this the first time Sweden had any relations with Tunisia?
They didn't meet the Foreign Minister, but representatives/experts from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Like the article at the court website says, information meetings with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs are always held before a state visit. And like the article says, a state visit from Tunisia took place in 1963 when President Habib Bourguiba visited Sweden at the invitation of king Gustaf VI Adolf.
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Old 11-02-2015, 07:42 AM
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@Lady Finn - never mind, I clicked on the link you provided. Tunisia visited Sweden in 1963. And the link says the Foreign Minister always meets with the sovereign before a state visit. But this one must be very important to have pictures go out.
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Old 11-02-2015, 08:12 AM
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@Lady Finn - never mind, I clicked on the link you provided. Tunisia visited Sweden in 1963. And the link says the Foreign Minister always meets with the sovereign before a state visit. But this one must be very important to have pictures go out.
The link doesn't say that the Foreign Minister meets with the king, but that the experts from the Ministry for the Foreign Affairs meet the king and queen before a state visit, and normally crown princess Victoria and prince Daniel attend at this meeting too, when it is held because of an incoming state visit.
The similar meeting was held in the end of May before the state visit of the president of India.
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Old 11-02-2015, 10:41 AM
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It's also become customary in the last few years for a representative for the Foreign office to accompany the Royal couple when on a State visit abroad. Though I'm not sure if other royals on official visits are accompanied by one.


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Old 11-02-2015, 12:00 PM
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The program of the visit has been updated at the website of the government:

Wednesday, November 4
President Essebsi and his wife Caïd Essebsi arrive at Arlanda airport on Wednesday morning. They are met by Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel. The royal couple meets them at the Royal Mews for the procession to the Royal Palace where a solemn welcome ceremony takes place.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström gives a lunch for her Tunisian colleague Taieb Baccouche at Arvfurstens palace.
In the afternoon Speaker Urban Ahlin meets the presidential couple at the parliament. The President gives after the meeting a speech in the First Chamber.
In the evening the royal couple hosts a banquet for the presidential couple at the Royal Palace.

Thursday, November 5
Thursday's program begins with a Business Forum organized by Business Sweden and the Tunisian Embassy. The president and the king participate at the introduction of the forum.
Then the presidential couple and the royal couple visit Nobel Museum in the Old Town, on the occasion of that the Tunisian Quartet was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize this year.
Lunch will take place in Stockholm City Hall with the President of the City Council, Eva Louise Erlandsson Slorach and Commissioner of Finance and Mayor of Stockholm Karin Wanngård as hosts. The King and Queen, the presidential couple, the crown princess couple and prince Carl Philip attend.
In the afternoon, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven receives President Essebsi in Rosenbad. The meeting will be concluded with a joint press conference.
In the evening, the presidential couple hosts a dinner for the royal couple.

Friday, November 6
Friday begins with a visit at the Ericsson Studio in Kista. In addition to the king and the president, also the Minister for Housing, Urban Development and Information Technology, Mehmet Kaplan attends.
Then the program continues in Uppsala, where the President and the King visit Dag Hammarskjöld's grave for the wreath laying. Minister for Public Administration Ardalan Shekarabi from the government attends too.
Governor Peter Eghardt hosts a lunch at Uppsala Castle.
After lunch, the president, the king and and Minister for Public Administration Ardalan Shekarabi take part at a contract signing of cooperation between the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions and La Fédération des Villes Tunisiènnes.
The state visit ends with a farewell ceremony at the Arlanda airport where the royal couple says goodbye to the presidential couple. The government is represented by Minister for Public Administration Ardalan Shekarabi.
Statsbesök från Tunisien 4–6 november - Regeringen.se
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Old 11-03-2015, 07:01 AM
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News from the police about the visit:
On 4th November, at about 11.00 the president is escorted in vehicles, from Arlanda to the Royal Mews, where a horse drawn procession takes the guests and the host to the Royal Palace. The cortege will start around 12.00 and goes via Nybroplan - Hamngatan - Kungsträdgårdsgatan - Strömgatan - Norrbro - Slottskajen - Skebbsbrom - Slottsbacken to the Palace. The cortege with 80 horses and vehicles is over 400 meters long. The Armed Forces parades from Norrbro to the Royal Palace.
Hästkortege och eskorter 4-6 november - Aktuellt - polisen.se

Article with photos from the state visit to Sweden in 1963
Exclusif - Un programme « grandiose » attend Béji Caïd Essebsi dès ce mercredi en Suède
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Old 11-03-2015, 07:53 AM
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@Lady Finn - why is Sofia not on the guest list for the luncheon on Thursday? CG and Victoria are going with their spouses but Carl Philip is going alone.
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The state visit starts soon, about the visit at the court website, will be updated.
Statsbesök från Tunisien –*dag 1 - Sveriges Kungahus
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From court Instagram
https://instagram.com/p/9p_eFUv8iu/?taken-by=kungahuset

The swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs updates info during the visit to their Storify
State Visit from Tunisia 4-6 November 2015 (with images, tweets) · Utrikesdep · Storify

The court just updated their swedish calendar, according to that the members of the royal family attending are:
Wednesday: the king, queen, crown princess Victoria, prince Daniel, prince Carl Philip
Thursday: the king, queen, crown princess Victoria, prince Daniel
Friday: the king, queen, crown princess Victoria, prince Daniel
http://www.kungahuset.se/kalender.4....2015%2F11%2F07

Like I thought already some days ago, Sofia has flown to South Africa to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Project Playground.
Därför missar Sofia statsbesöket idag _ Svensk Damtidning
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The president arrived, and Victoria and Daniel welcomed him and his wife.
http://www.kungahuset.se/images/18.6...tgomery+TT.jpg
http://x.cdn-expressen.se/images/ca/...6x9/912@70.jpg
http://y.cdn-expressen.se/images/24/...6x9/912@70.jpg

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The king and the president leaving the Royal Mews, from court Instagram
https://instagram.com/p/9qSLXiv8l0/

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CS9q4mqWoAE76N3.jpg

The welcome ceremony at the Royal Palace, and the group photo.
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Kronprinsessan Victoria i ljusblå kappa och klänning _ Allt om mode
Victoria von Schweden_ Herausgeputzt für den Staatsbesuch _ BUNTE.de

Victoria och Daniel välkomnade Tunisiens president _ Svensk Damtidning
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From the President's Facebook
_مراسم استقبال رئيس الجمهورية وحرمه بستوكهولم _ Facebook_

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The president visited the Parliament
https://www.facebook.com/Presidence....80667318657992
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The king and the president leaving the Royal Mews, from court Instagram
https://instagram.com/p/9qSLXiv8l0/
That is a nice coach. Very regal indeed !
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@Lady Finn - why is Sofia not on the guest list for the luncheon on Thursday? CG and Victoria are going with their spouses but Carl Philip is going alone.
The Princess I believe is in Cape Town,South Africa with the Project Playground.
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Hovet klarar av det med bravur varje gång! _ Åsas kungliga Europa

The Karl XI gallery was shown to the press earlier today:
https://instagram.com/p/9q9gg_JLJ1/

The guest list to the dinner
http://www.kungahuset.se/download/18...g+Tunisien.pdf

The flowers on the table
https://instagram.com/p/9rNNDlv8qx/

First photos from the dinner
http://www.kungahuset.se/images/18.6...a+Gow++TT+.jpg
http://iconosquare.com/p/1111068010987976855_1633878901
Group photo
http://www.kungahuset.se/images/18.6...+Pictures+.jpg
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Thank you LadyFinn! I've struggled a lot to find the first pics of the banquet!
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Everyone seems very happy, even the King seems to be on a good mood all day. They're probably enjoying each others company.

What a beautiful dress the First lady of Tunisia is wearing. Truly stunning.
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