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LadyFinn 10-05-2018 11:48 AM

Crown Princess Couple's Visit to Jordan and Lebanon: October 15-19, 2018
The Crown Princess couple visits Jordan and Lebanon

On 15-19 October, the Crown Princess couple, together with Lena Hallengren, the Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality, visits Jordan and Lebanon.
The visit begins in Amman, Jordan, October 15-17, and then Beirut, Lebanon, October 17-19.
The purpose of the visit is to strengthen the good relations between Sweden and the two countries, highlight the UN sustainable development goals within Agenda 2030, focusing on gender equality and climate and humanitarian issues.
Kronprinsessparet besöker Jordanien och Libanon - Sveriges Kungahus

Victorias oväntade resa till Mellanöstern _ Svensk Damtidning

LadyFinn 10-13-2018 04:29 PM

Victoria is a keynote speaker at Multi-Stakeholder SDG Forum on October 18th in Grand Serail in Beirut.

LadyFinn 10-15-2018 11:02 AM

Expressen writes about the visit. They will visit among others a refugee camp UN's help organisation UNRWA has for palestinian refugees. The staff of the camp school and others don't know who the "secret" guest is, only that it will be a VIP guest. The visit to a refugee camp is seen as a very positve thing in Jordan.
- What should I tell her? I wish that people help UNRWA, says the 10-year-old Palestinian boy Baha.
According to Expressen Victoria and Daniel will visit among other things
In Jordan
Dead Sea
The baptismal site of Jesus
Jordan Trail
Scandinavian Forest
Palestinian refugee camp
Meet Jenny Atout Ahlzén, founder of Frmtoo platform

In Lebanon
Meet president Michel Aoun
Meet Prime minister Saad al-Hariri
Visit International Rescue Committe
Meet representatives of UNHCR, UNDP, UNICEF and UNRWA
Kronprinsessan besöker flyktingläger nära Amman i Jordanien

Expressen's reporter will follow the visit.

Late in the afternoon, Victoria and Daniel land in Jordan's capital, Amman. Svensk Damtidning's reporter Helena Wiklund will be in place.
Monday 15 October
The Crown Princess Couple and minister Lena Hallengren land in Jordan. The first visit awaiting them is the citadel of Amman. After that, they will attend the ambassador Erik Ullenhag's dinner that takes place this evening.

Tuesday 16 October
On Tuesday morning, the Crown Princess couple will walk the world's longest hiking trail Jordan Trail. The stretch is five kilometers long and will be an easy match for Victoria. Together with the mininster, they will also stop at the Dead Sea and the Baptismal site of Jesus. At lunchtime they will visit the Scandinavian forest that the king received as a gift during his state visit in 1989.
Then they will go to a refugee camp and finally they will meet philanthropist Jenny Atout Ahlzén, founder of the Frmtoo platform that helps vulnerable people. In the evening ambassador Erik Ullenhag hosts a dinner.

Wednesday 17 October
Victoria and Daniel will visit the Al Hussein Society organization, a rehabilitation center for people suffering from a disability. After lunch, the Crown Princess and Prince will visit at Jordan River Foundation (queen Rania's Foundation).
Idag landar Victoria och Daniel i Jordanien – här är programmet _ Svensk Damtidning

LadyFinn 10-15-2018 11:39 AM

Victoria and Daniel landed in Marka International Airport in Amman.
Belga Image

Victoria and Daniel in Amman Citadel.
With Lena Hallengren, the Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality

Princess Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden and her husband Prince Daniel, arrived in Amman on Monday for a three-day visit to the Kingdom.
Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel were received at Marka Military Airport by the Swedish ambassador to Amman, the governor of the capital and a number of civilian and military officials.

A royal visit to Middle East started
Kungligt Mellanösternbesök inlett

Rossina 10-15-2018 11:50 AM

Does the couple's program inclodes any meeting with the Jordanian Royal Family members?

LadyFinn 10-15-2018 03:09 PM

The court updated the calendar today and according to it Daniel doesn't take part at the last day of the visit to Beirut, Victoria is listed to attend alone on Friday. Perhaps Daniel comes to Sweden before Victoria.
Kalender - Sveriges Kungahus

At a dinner at the ambassador's residence
Ambassador Erik Ullenhag is the third from right.

Photographer Pelle T Nilsson's Instagram

According to Svensk Damtidning's Helena Wiklund, Victoria, Daniel and minister Lena Hallengren flew to Jordan with government plane. Prince Ali and ambassador Erik Ullenhag welcomed Victoria and Daniel at the airport.
Ambassador Erik Ullenhag and his wife Maria host the dinner at the residence for 17 people, among the guests there are representatives of the help organizations that the Crown Princess couple will meet.
Se första bilderna! Victoria och Daniel i Jordanien _ Svensk Damtidning

Photos from Twitter of Jakob Ström, Deputy Head of Mission - Embassy of Sweden, Amman

Rossina 10-15-2018 04:46 PM

Petra News Agency Photos:

The couple visits the Amman Citadel site at the center of downtown Amman:

LadyFinn 10-16-2018 12:31 AM

Prince Ali wasn't there to welcome Victoria and Daniel, tells Expressen at their article.

Erik Ullenhag, Sweden's ambassador to Jordan, received the princess and Prince Daniel at the airport.
- Jordan is close to Sweden on the international stage. We believe in the UN and on international cooperation, he states.
Victorias and Daniel's five-day trip to Jordan and Lebanon is primarily about showing support to the UN and to humanitarian efforts in the region.
- The visit of the crown princess couple is very important. It is a way to underline relations between Sweden and Jordan. We also have minister Hallengren at the visit, say Erik Ullenhag.
Jordan is one of the three neighboring countries - Lebanon and Turkey - to Syria, which received between 650,000 and 800,000 Syrian refugees during the bloody war. In Jordan, 2.2 million Palestinian refugees are dependent on UN assistance - mainly from UNRWA, which takes care of school issues, healthcare and waste management.
The US has withdrawn its share of the assistance of approximately $ 360 million this year to UNRWA. It caused a large deficit. Other countries, both in Europe, but also in the Arab world, pushed in and tried to cover the deficit. Still, about $ 70 million - about SEK 600 million - is missing in order to be able to handle the year's expenses.
At the Swedish ambassador's dinner, the Crown Princess and minister Hallengren sat with representatives from UN aid organizations. A clear mark from the Crown Princess and from Sweden about the support to UN's work. Even in Lebanon, the Crown Princess will meet UN people.
The Crown Princess went straight from the airport to Amman's famous citadel, which is about 3,000 years old. A Swedish-speaking guide told about the country's history - from the Ammonites until now.
The Crown Princess was very interested and asked many questions about the history of the citadel, consisting of different ruins from the Roman and Byzantine Empire.
It was planned that the king's brother Ali would receive the Crown Princess at the airport and also during the guided tour. But for an unknown reason, the prince could not come and instead sent Amman mayor Yousef Shawarbeh and city governor Saad Shihb.
- We and Jordan stand close to the international stage. We believe in international cooperation and on UN cooperation. Most recently, we have tried together to arrange for funding of UN UNRWA Aid for Palestinian Refugees, says Ambassador Erik Ullenhag.
On Tuesday, the Crown Princess will go a 5 mile stretch on one of the world's longest trails Jordan Trail. The trail is world famous and has become a symbol of Jordan's struggle for a better environment. Environment and animals are two questions close to the heart of Crown Princess Victoria.
But during the five-day visit that ends in Lebanon on Friday, the Crown Princess couple will also visit the Dead Sea, the babtism site of Jesus, Scandinavian Forest which King Carl Gustaf received as a gift at a state visit almost 30 years ago.
Här landar kronprinsessan Victoria i Amman_ ”Viktigt besök”

eya 10-16-2018 04:27 AM

Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel during a walk along the Jordan trail in Jordan on Tuesday the second day of the visit

Article about the dinner on the second night in Jordan

LadyFinn 10-16-2018 05:00 AM

The court tells about the first day
Ambassador Erik Ullenhag hosted a reception for the United Nations organisations active in Jordan. The guests were swedish country director for UN family Anders Pedersen and directors of UNDP, Unicef, UNHCR, WFP, UN Women, UNESCO, UNFPA and World Bank.
Kronprinsessparet besöker Jordanien - Sveriges Kungahus

Photo from Twitter of Jakob Ström, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Sweden in Jordan

Victorias oväntade vandrings-outfit i Jordanien _ Svensk Damtidning

At the Baptismal site

At the Scandinavia Forest which king Carl Gustaf got as a gift on a state visit to Jordan in 1989.

Photographer Pelle T Nilsson's Instagram

Victoria and Daniel posed with the staff of the swedish Embassy.

Gallery of Victoria and Daniel visiting Baqa'a Palestinian refugee camp, about 20 kilometers north of Amman
Belga Image

LadyFinn 10-16-2018 02:24 PM

Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel are currently in Jordan on a five-day visit to Jordan and Lebanon.
Day two was packed with a walk on the Jordan trail, a visit to a Palestinian refugee camp and a visit to what is claimed to be the place where Jesus was baptized.
The day started early in the morning with a five-kilometer long walk along the 65-mile-long "Jordan Trail".
The group was lucky enough to get exemplary weather during the trip, and the Crown Princess was in a good mood.
- It's the first time I'm walking on this hiking trail, says Crown Princess Victoria.
Then Victoria and Daniel went on to the Dead Sea and the border between Israel and Jordan. There the Crown Princess met with various representatives from various environmental groups in Jordan, as well as the country's water minister who told us about water shortages in the area.
One also visited "Baptismal site of Jesus" - the place at the Jordan River where Jesus was alleged to have been baptized - where Victoria was reminded that her father, King Carl Gustaf, was baptized with the same water.
The Crown Princess couple also visited the Scandinavian forest - which King Carl Gustaf received a gift at a state visit almost 30 years ago - and a school in a Palestinian refugee camp near Amman, where they were welcomed with dance and song.
The evening Crown Princess Victoria will spend at the Swedish Embassy, ​​where she will meet different guests from Jordan.
Tomorrow Victoria and Daniel continue to Lebanon.
Victoria och Daniel besökte flyktingläger i Jordanien

Kronprinsessan Victorias och prins Daniels resa till Mellanöstern

LadyFinn 10-16-2018 03:22 PM

Dinner on Tuesday evening at ambassador Erik Ullenhag's residence

Victoria dipped her hand in the water at Jesus' baptismal site
Crown Princess Victoria took part in a prayer and a guided tour in the area holy to Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
With great curiosity Crown Princess Victoria listens to the guides who tell us about the history of one of the world's most holy places, the baptismal site of Jesus by the eastern Jordan River. After the prayer and reading of Saint Francis's prayer, the Crown Princess couple took down to what UNESCO has now designated as the baptismal site, there have been discussions about the place on the east or west side of the Jordan River.
The Jordan River flows into the Dead Sea. The ocean can disappear within 25 years of fears of environmental experts. Crown Princess Victoria met with several representatives from various environmental organizations, one of them is Yana Abou Taleb, head of the Jordanian department of the EcoPeace Middle East organization.
- There are three countries that share the Jordan River waters: Israel, Jordan and Palestine. In the 60's, 1100 million cubic meters per year flowed. Now it's only 50 million cubic meters per year. There is a slight cooperation between countries to influence water shortages. The Crown Princess's visit is important because it recognizes our work, says Yana Abou Taleb.
The Crown Princess showed great interest in environmental issues, but also gave time for the spiritual. She lit light into the church, participated in the prayer and went down to the baptismal site and dipped her hand into the holy river.
Deacon Jonas Bodin reminded Victoria that her father King Carl Gustaf was baptized in water from the Jordan River.
In a chat with Expressen, the Crown Princess told that she had visited the place earlier and about the feeling of being there.
- It's very special. It is very special historically and important place for very many.
Is it important?
- It feels that very special to be here. I must definitely say that. There is so much history. The Crown Princess also responded to the question of whether she had been in the place earlier.
- Yes, I've been here. Even so important then, says the Crown Princess and laughs.
The Crown Princess Couple, Sweden's Ambassador to Jordan Erik Ullenhag and minister Lena Hallengren participated in all program points. They got up early and participated in a five-kilometer walk on the world's longest hiking trail, Jordan Trail. The trail is 650 kilometers long and runs through about 50 villages.
Victoria doppade handen i vattnet vid Jesu dopplats

Victoria and Daniel at Jesus' Baptismal site.

The court tells about the second day at their Instagram
The second day started with hiking on the Jordan trail. Then the Crown Princess and the minister visited Jordan River's delta at the Dead Sea where the EcoPeace organization reported about its activities.
The morning was completed at Jesus' Baptismal site on the Jordan River's beach.
In the Scandinavian forest, the Crown Princess couple and minister met Prince Ra'ad bin Zeid and Princess Majda, as well as the Swedish Embassy staff
In the refugee camp Al Baq'a, the Crown Princess and the minister visited a school where they met students and teachers.
The second day in Amman was completed with Ambassador Erik Ullenhag's reception at the Swedish residence.

Princess Majda is Swedish-born Margaretha Inga Elisabeth Lind.
With Prince Ra'ad bin Zeid and Princess Majda

iceflower 10-17-2018 01:29 AM


Here's an article about yesterday's evening event:

** dailymail: Crown Princess Victoria wows in a blue velvet gown as she attends a glitzy dinner at the Swedish Embassy in Jordan..**

LadyFinn 10-17-2018 04:16 AM

Svensk Damtidning's reporter tells that at the reception on Tuesday evening were invited young entrepreneurs and female role models. The ambassador praised Victoria and Daniel at his speech.
The reporter tells that Victoria greeted her gladly at the Jordan Trail: How fun that you are here! Victoria said that to hike is a very good way to get to know the country, in a little different way.
Daniel met a shepherd with 150 sheep. They didn't have a common language but the meeting was nice.'
And that tea on one of the Jordanian hills tasted delicious. It was served as usual in small glass cups and was very sweet, with taste of sage and mint.
At Jesus Baptismal site Victoria told that they got water from there as a wedding gift. They had lunch at the Scandinavian forest and met prince Raad and princess Majda (who once was Margaretha from Södertälje), who told that she has lived in Jordan for 55 years. She met Raad in London in 1962 and they got married in Sweden the next year. She told that her friends still call her Maggan.
At Baqaa refugee camp there are 100 000 refugees. Victoria and Daniel were welcomed to the School with a dance and the children told about their dreams.
Svensk Damtidning på plats! Victorias egna ord om Jordanien-resan _ Svensk Damtidning

At this gallery have been updated photos of Victoria and Daniel visiting the Al Hussein Society for disabled children in Amman on Wednesday morning. And about the meeting with King Abdullah and queen Rania.

Se bilderna! Victorias härliga möte med drottning Rania _ Svensk Damtidning

Rossina 10-17-2018 09:57 AM

Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania Al Abdullah receive Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden

LadyFinn 10-17-2018 10:43 AM

Photos, among them Victoria and Daniel lighting a candle
Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden visiting the Baptism Site-Bethany Beyond the Jordan, the place where Jesus was baptized

From today
HRH Crown Princess Victoria just visited the IKEA manufacturing center at Jordan River Foundation, Amman. Genuine affinity with the seamstresses

The man on the right is Jesper Börjesson, who hosts TV4's annual program of the royal family, so they were filming for it.

Börjesson has made a short video to TV4 News morning, from Jordan Trail "The Crown Princess keeps a high tempo"

Rossina 10-17-2018 11:29 AM

More Photos from the couples meeting with Jordan`s King Abdullah II & Queen Rania:

LadyFinn 10-17-2018 11:50 AM

Photographer Pelle T Nilsson has published at his Instagram a photo of him with Karolin A. Johansson, the Head of HRH Crown Princess Victoria's Household
When @ karolin_a._johansson describes my new hairstyle today at #jordantrail :)

Pelle T Nilsson's photos from the Al Hussein Society
And from the meeting with Abdullah and Rania

Sweden’s crown princess visits Baqaa school, Baptism Site _ Jordan Times

iceflower 10-17-2018 12:09 PM


Here's an article about today's events:

** dailymail: Chic in shades! Crown Princess Victoria looks cool in a casual ensemble as she joins husband Prince Daniel for a hike in Amman **

LadyFinn 10-17-2018 12:19 PM


Originally Posted by iceflower (Post 2160609)

Hoping to get a bigger version of this photo, it is beautiful

The Crown Princess's alarm at the visit: "The situation is acute"
The schedule has been packed for Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, who are in Jordan together with minister Lena Hallengren.
The Crown Princess has met with representatives of UN aid organizations and made several visits to learn more about the country's challenges.
- It has been an intensive program but very fun. I've experienced a lot, says Victoria.
She is ambassador to the UN's global goals and has had a special commitment to water issues. In place, she has met an organization that is working on this, where Palestinians, Israelis and Jordanians cooperate.
- Water shortage is one of the biggest issues in the region and the situation is acute, they have no water. This cooperation is very important, they can not solve the task themselves because they are dependent on the same water. In the Dead Sea, the water level drops one meter a year, it's huge. It's a challenge and it will not be resolved unless we cooperate, says the Crown Princess.
It is not the first time that Crown Princess Victoria visits Jordan, but the surrounding areas have changed since the visit in 2011. There are infected wars in the region, the Palestinian-Israeli peace process is dead and millions of refugees live in uncertainty.
In Jordan, 2.2 million Palestinians flee and Victoria has visited a school in a Palestinian refugee camp during her stay.
- It was extremely powerful to get to school yesterday. Education is one of the most important things we can do, making it possible for children to get the best conditions to possibly influence their lives. Especially when you are in such an extreme situation in a camp that you can feel that you develop and learn and you have a confidence in the future, she says.
Now it's time to go to Lebanon and it is the first time the Crown Princess visits the country. There she will meet, among other things, the Lebanese president and prime minister.
The Crown Princess looks forward to the visit.
- It's an important trip for me, to get an even better understanding of the complexities in the region. It's so complicated. You live in Sweden and try to read, but only when you are in place and talk to people you start to really understand. I am here to learn, but also to show Sweden's support and commitment to the issues that the program concerns.
What interests you with the region?
- I am very interested in other places in the world, cultures, people, countries. I love traveling, it's the most effective and amazing way to learn. To meet people and get personal stories. The complexity of the region is interesting. Worried in many ways, but we must learn and try to understand, says Crown Princess Victoria.
Kronprinsessans larm vid besöket_ ”Läget är akut” _ Kungligt _ Expressen

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