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hrhcp 09-25-2006 12:10 PM

Swedish State Visit to Canada; October 24-28, 2006
 
I just received an email communication from the Prime Minister's office that "King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden will make a State visit to Canada from October 24 to October 28, 2006" at the invitation of our Governor General.

Look forward to oodles of pictures and contributions from RF members in the "Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto and Quebec City" areas. :flowers:

Oppie 09-25-2006 12:13 PM

That is me, yeah yeah yeah (this is more exciting then the baby news), so awesome that is going to be one of my last weekends in Ottawa whoppppieeee :flowers:

Humera 09-25-2006 01:13 PM

that is good news.
I look forward to the visit as well.
Are they only visiting Quebec and Ontario though? Not that I expect them to cover the entire country in four days.
I just hope the local media pays attention to this visit.

GrandDuchess 09-25-2006 05:35 PM

Good news indeed! :flowers:

On an invitation from the Governor General of Canada, The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, the King and Queen of Sweden will make a State Visit to Canada lasting from 24-28 October.

In Canada, they will visit Ottawa, Montral, Toronto and Quebec City. Additionally, they will also meet the Governor General and the Lieutenant Governors of Ontario and Quebec. Included in the programme for the King and Queen are visits to various cultural, sports and environmental sites in the cities, as well as opportunities to meet with Canadians and Swedes living in Canda.

This is the second State visit to Canada for King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, their last visit was in 1981 when they were hosted by Governor General Edward Schreyer and wife.

Prime Minister's Press Release
Article

RachelD 09-25-2006 06:41 PM

Humera, love your avatar!
I can't wait to see what new adventures the King and Queen will have while in Canada. I also really want to see what outfits Silvia will wear, do you think there will be a gala? Can't wait!:flowers:

bigheadshirmp 09-25-2006 07:46 PM

lovely!!!!

but....how come they're not coming to Vancouver? only to the East side?

bubbles 09-25-2006 08:24 PM

WOO HOO!! Definately excited about this! Can't wait to see the itinerary!

hrhcp 09-26-2006 12:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bigheadshirmp
....how come they're not coming to Vancouver? only to the East side?

I think the answer to that - having lived back there, as well as returning to 'God's Country - it has to do with the "Back East" always 'pounding their drum'.

Fortunately, we insignificant others - out here in western Canada - are totally unassuming and hence unnoticed. ;)
(Personally, I'd like to leave it that way .... keep the best kept secrets as best kept secrets.)

[ps ... just wait when they twig to the fact that "the place to be" is Alberta and surrounds - - - oil - - - but, can't have the east feel left out, can we?
300 years of oil supply out of the oil sands, boodles and boodles of natural gas - tapped and untapped, coal, coalbed methane gas ...]

I think this visit is about an affirmation of technology and culture. Technology is wood products and wood harvesting equipment, and there is more than that in Quebec than (the beer) out here, and Sweden is very strong in that. Two, Sweden still has a healthy aviation manufacturing industry, so CG might just be going to do an unofficial look-see of Bombardier, Pratt & Whitney and CAE in Montreal. I do recall reading that Bombardier had a connection with a technical party in Stockholm or there-abouts for adapting their water-bombers for the European market.

Than there is the matter of culture .... Quebec being the isolated pocket of a very significant French culture versus Sweden being the isolated pocket of a very significant Swedish culture.

GrandDuchess 09-26-2006 09:12 AM

The official press release from the Royal Court today gives info on some of the events on the programme:

* Opening of a silver exhibition in Ottawa
* Visits to companies in Montreal
* Round table talks about violence against women in Toronto
* Environmental conference in Toronto
* International author festival with a Swedish children's books focus in Toronto
* Meeting on arctic research in Québec City

Boris 09-26-2006 11:42 AM

The last state visit of the Royal Couple to Canada was in March 1987, not in 1981.
Back then there was a full gala event, with Queen Silvia wearing the Baden fringe diamond tiara. The schedule seems to be quite hectic this time as well as including more important issues than glitter, but I still hope to see some of that too...

lord_rankin 09-26-2006 12:36 PM

I agree with Boris, the world could defintely use a little more glitter right about now, and they are the perfect royal pair to do it.

GrandDuchess 09-26-2006 04:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Boris
The last state visit of the Royal Couple to Canada was in March 1987, not in 1981.

Are you sure? I wasn't even born back then, but on the Royal Court's website it says that the last State Visit to Canada was 18-20 May 1981, so I trusted they were right...

Danielle 09-26-2006 06:47 PM

Despite the fact I don't live in Canada, I'm really excited about this trip. Not only will we (hopefully) get to see great photos, as others have said, they are dealing with important issues on their trip. I think it's wonderful that no matter what country a Royal family is from, and no matter which country they visit, there are always links and with the visit those links are strengthened. The world somehow becomes smaller.

HRH Kerry 09-26-2006 07:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Danielle
Despite the fact I don't live in Canada, I'm really excited about this trip. Not only will we (hopefully) get to see great photos, as others have said, they are dealing with important issues on their trip. I think it's wonderful that no matter what country a Royal family is from, and no matter which country they visit, there are always links and with the visit those links are strengthened. The world somehow becomes smaller.

I second that emotion. I can't wait to see how the queen will wow her fans with her attire. Can't wait to see all of the forthcoming pics. Maybe I'll even be able to catch a glimpse of them on the news. More than likely.....no.:sad:

sirmax 09-26-2006 08:06 PM

Does anyone know if there is going to be engagements in «downtown» Montreal as I would like to get a glimpse of them. Does anyone know when the details will be announced

hrhcp 09-27-2006 12:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sirmax
Does anyone know if there is going to be engagements in «downtown» Montreal as I would like to get a glimpse of them. Does anyone know when the details will be announced

In this new security world we live in, I would think it - the itinerary of engagements - would be revealed on the day of occurrence.

Or you could check with the Swedish Embassy in Ottawa and/or Lieutenant Governor of Quebec webpages from time to time, between now and then.

I trust the webpage links that I have assembled, as below, might assist you in your endeavours -

Governor General:
http://www.gg.ca/

Lieutenant Governors:
Quebec - http://www.lieutenant-gouverneur.qc.ca/
Ontario - http://www.lt.gov.on.ca/

Swedish Embassy & Consulates:
Embassy -
http://www.swedenabroad.com/pages/start____8167.asp
Consulates -
http://www.swedenabroad.com/pages/co...es____8324.asp

Swedish Canadian Chamber of Commerce
http://www.sccc.ca/main.html

Swedish Club of Montreal:
http://www.svenskaklubben.ca/

Canadian Nordic Society
:
http://www.canadiannordicsociety.com/

Princess BellyFlop 09-27-2006 12:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bigheadshirmp
lovely!!!!

but....how come they're not coming to Vancouver? only to the East side?

Maybe because the country is LARGE :rolleyes: , the 2nd largest in the world ,and that they cannot do everything in a few days long trip. Queen Elizabeth herself when she visits see a parcel of the country each time and she has longer stays. and she never ever visits us in Quebec (but we won't get into that :bang: ).

Quote:

Originally Posted by sirmax
Does anyone know if there is going to be engagements in «downtown» Montreal as I would like to get a glimpse of them. Does anyone know when the details will be announced

Quebec City is only a few hours away by car, bus or train...

Boris 09-27-2006 07:14 AM

I checked again, and the last state visit to Canada was definitely from March 14 to March 19 in 1987, not 1981. Though the Royal website has definitely improved, there's still much left to be desired...
For those mainly interested in the 'bling factor': In 1987, there were two galas, one tiara event, the other one without.
On the first occasion, the Queen wore the Baden fringe tiara plus diamond collet necklace & earrings with a white dress embroidered with pearls in the rather 'big' style she preferred back then, probably designed by Jörg Bender but never worn to the Nobel ceremony.
On the second occasion, she wore the dark blue velvet dress that was seen at the Nobel in 1990 but without the lace collar. Her necklace was the pearl, sapphire and diamond one mostly worn by CP Victoria these days.

rosalyn 09-27-2006 07:41 AM

Pictures of Last Canadian Visit
 
Does anybody have the pictures of their last Canadian Visit? thanks

ursulajohanna 09-27-2006 01:26 PM

The last state visit to Canada was in year 1988 and not 1987!

Quote:

Originally Posted by Boris
I checked again, and the last state visit to Canada was definitely from March 14 to March 19 in 1987, not 1981.



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