Right after Victoria had participated at Gothenburg's 400 anniversary celebration with a pre-recorded speech, columnist Johan Wanloo criticized in GP Göteborgs-Posten newspaper Victoria not arriving to Gothenburg to give her speech.
Margareta Thorgren, the director of the Information Department of the Royal Court, writes an answer to Johan Wanloo at today's GP:
Columnist Johan Wanloo expressed his big disappointment that the Crown Princess has chosen not to attend physically but has given her speech, which he writes, "digitally from her home Haga Palace".
Thorgren tells that the court received two invitations from the City of Gothenburg, one to a smaller celebration on June 4, 2021 and another to 2023. The King thinks that of course Gothenburg's 400th anniversary should be celebrated. That the King should participate in the same anniversary twice, however, is not customary. That's why the King and Queen chose to agree to attend the big celebration in 2023, while Victoria and Daniel agreed to this year's celebration.
Thorgren writes that we are still in a pandemic: The royal family remains restrictive with travel. Our experience is that during royal visits, crowds arise, which is inappropriate with regard to the risk of infection. Out of respect for the serious situation, they therefore chose to take the safe before the unsafe and recommend the Crown Princess to participate digitally. A decision that I believe and hope that most people understand. It is therefore unfortunate if what is an expression of care is instead interpreted as nonchalance. This is simply not true. The royal family is Sweden's royal family and cares for the whole country.
Thorgren tells that the King plans to visit Gothenburg in September to inaugurate the Hisingsbron. In October, the King and Queen plan to christen a research ship, reopen the children's hospital and inaugurate a new organ in Gothenburg Concert Hall.
Thorgren mentions also that Victoria's greeting was not recorded at Haga Palace as Wanloo writes, but - as can be seen in the speech - at Logården by the Royal Palace. A place chosen especially for the proximity to Skeppsbrokajen where the classic Göta canal boats, which connect the kingdom's two largest cities, dock.
Kungafamiljen bryr sig visst om Göteborg _ GP