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GrandDuchess 02-15-2005 10:15 AM

King Carl Gustaf & Queen Silvia's Official Visit to Thailand: February 17-19, 2005
Schedule for the King & Queen's visit to Thailand, February 17-19 2005


* Meeting with staff from the Swedish Embassy and volunteers

* The King will meet representatives for the scouts of Thailand (365 Thai scouts lost their lives in the tsunami, and 84 were made orphans), and present a gift of $ 40 000 from the Swedish Scout Council, the World Scout Foundation and The Swedish Chapter of Baden-Powell Fellows

* King Bhumibol and Queen Sikrit hosts a private dinner for King Carl XVI Gustaf & Queen Silvia


*The King and Queen will visit the catastrophe area in Phuket

*Attendance at a memorial service during the day

* The King will donate money for purchase of a large number of fishing boats

* The King and Queen will meet the Governors of the provinces of Phuket, Krabi and Phang-Na

* The King and Queen will visit Bang Muang in Nam Kem, a camp for homeless families where the Thai organisation Association for the Promotion of the Status of Women together with the World Childhood Organisation supports and educated 13-18-year olds

* The King and Queen will meet with the Swedish National Commission for Identification
The King and Queen will meet with the Consulate General’s staff and volunteers

* Prime Minister Thaksin hosts a dinner for the King and Queen


* The King and Queen will visit the Scandinavian Church in Bangkok to than the Swedish staff and volunteers who among things provided support for Swedes patients at the local hospitals

* The King and Queen will visit Samitivej Hospital where many Swedes were taken care off

* The King and Queen will meet with and thank Swedish corporate representatives

HMQueenElizabethII 02-16-2005 09:16 PM

The Queen will also be on the visit?It was said that only The King.

Lena 02-17-2005 04:43 AM

A little video (again from Aftonbladet):

Lena 02-17-2005 05:16 AM

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(ad 2+3) Sweden s King Carl XVI Gustav R in his role as honorary chairman of the World Scout Foundation presents a merit award to Thai Scout Leader Thamnoon Wanglee as well as a 40.000-dollar donation to go towards assisting some 84 Thai scouts who were orphaned by the December 26 calamity in Bangkok

Lena 02-17-2005 08:59 AM

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GrandDuchess 02-17-2005 09:34 AM

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According to an article in Svenska Dagbladet, many Thai people appreciate that the King and Queen will not only visit the tourist cities – but have also arranged visits to ordinary Thai villages that were severely struck by the catastrophe – something that hasn’t been given as much “media” abroad as the tourists affected.

The King will donate 100 fishing boats to families in the Nam Kaem area, who lost their fishing boats and thereby their income from fishing. Some of the King’s private friends will donate another 100 fishing boats.

The Thai authorities are putting a lot of weight to this visit, perhaps because Thailand was the biggest attraction for Swedish tourists before the tsunami, but also because it’s the King’s own initiative to give of himself by getting involved in both the official relations between the countries and restoring the trust for Thailand as a tourist destination for Swedes – and also taking interest and commitment together with the Queen for the Thai people. The King of Thailand, Bhumibol, has made his private plane and a Rolls Royce at the disposal of the King and Queen during their visit.

Pictures from Svenska Dagbladet:

Lena 02-17-2005 10:34 AM

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Swedish King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia hold a ceremony at the Oriental Hotelin Bangkok on Thursday 17.02.2005 to thank the employees of the Swedish embassy - and those who worked freely during the Tsunami disaster - for their help

Dennism 02-18-2005 09:26 AM

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Photos from Reuters and AFP:

1, 5,6 are at a wreath-laying ceremony in Laem Prakarang which is 125 km north of Phuket.

6. Queen Silvia mourns while hugging Reverend Kathrina Backelin (L) after the the reverend sang a hymn for tsunami victims during a wreath-laying ceremony

2, 8 are in Ban Nam Khem, nearly 150 km north of the Thai resort island of Phuket. Meeting local fishermen.

3 Queen Silvia and Thai Princess Somsawalee Kitiyakara open a project to benefit children affected by the December 26 tsunami during their visit to Ban Muang camp, nearly 145 km north of the Thai resort island of Phuket,

4,7,9 are at Blue village resort near Khao Lak in Pang-nga province where there was a ceremony

7, King Carl XVI Gustaf, smiles as he holds a model of a boat handed over to him as a souvenir by Thai villagers as Queen Silvia returns a Thai way greeting to them at Blue village resort.

10, Signing a visitors' book at a hospital on the Thai island of Phuket

Dennism 02-18-2005 09:40 AM

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More photos from today´s events from Getty Images:

GrandDuchess 02-18-2005 09:44 AM

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Pictures from Polfoto from today:

Dennism 02-18-2005 09:49 AM

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The last of these photos are from the hospital on Phuket:

GrandDuchess 02-18-2005 09:56 AM

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Polfoto 18-02-2005 In the photo released by Thai Palace, Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, far right, Swedish Queen Silvia, second right, Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf, far left, and Thai Queen Sirikit, talk together at Klai Kangwol Palace in Prachuab Khiri Khan province 230 kilometer (143 miles) southwest of Bangkok, Thursday night, Feb,17, 2005.

Dennism 02-18-2005 09:56 AM

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Sweden's Queen Silvia smiles as she is greeted by Thai Princess Somsawalee Kitiyakara at a camp for tsunami victims in Ban Muang, nearly 145 km (90 miles) north of the Thai resort island of Phuket. Reuters.

Dennism 02-18-2005 10:01 AM


Sweden's King and Queen toured Thailand's tsunami-battered coastline Friday, thanking residents for helping Scandinavian vacationers who survived the Dec. 26 disaster and offering assistance with rehabilitation efforts. Sweden suffered some 113 fatalities in the killer waves _ more than any other nation outside the Indian Ocean region. Some 439 others are still missing. They were among thousands of Swedes who had flocked to the area's tropical beach resorts to escape the cold northern European winter. Charter flights carrying Swedish tourists, suspended after the tsunami, resumed only recently. King Carl XVI Gustaf and his wife Queen Silvia, toured beaches on Phuket island, Thailand's main Andaman Sea resort area, on the second day of their visit.

"They're here to say thank you for what you did," said Swedish Ambassador Jonas Hafstrom, referring to the much-praised efforts by Thais to rescue and treat foreign visitors caught up in the tragedy. He said he was the first foreign ambassador on the scene after the Dec. 26 tragedy, arriving by evening that day, and that "everyone really reached out, even if they didn't have money or resources, they were there."

The Swedish royal couple visited a camp Friday for displaced Thai tsunami survivors, which hosts a rehabilitation center for children traumatized by the events. The center is supported in part by the World Childhood Foundation, a group founded in 1999 by Queen Silvia to help exploited and abused children worldwide. She and the king were greeted by a marching band and presented with drawings done by children at the camp. The casually dressed couple proceeded next to a center for rebuilding fishing boats, where the king handed over a letter of intent to donate 100 traditional long-tailed boats to help restore the local fishing fleet that was devastated by the tsunami. Swedish companies will purchase 100 more. The king chatted quietly with fisherman, asking what they had lost before he posed for a group photo with them. At the royal couple's next stop, the focus switched to Swedish victims of the disaster at a resort in Khao Lak, one of the worst-hit Thai beach areas. Many Swedes were lost at the Blue Village Pakarang Resort, where a mourning ceremony by the sea was held.

The king, who is honorary chairman of the World Scout Foundation, was welcomed to the ceremony by Boy and Girl Scouts. Earlier he presented the leader of the Thai scouting movement with US$40,000 from Swedish scouting organizations to help local scouts who suffered in the tragedy.

According to people who attended Thursday's ceremony, both Swedish and Thai musicians played traditional music at the ceremony, at which the king presented a wreath and the queen wept. The bodies of 5,395 people have been recovered in Thailand since the tragedy, and 2,991 people are listed as missing. The Swedish couple were also scheduled to visit a disaster victim identification center and bestow royal decorations on the governors of tsunami-battered provinces before dining Friday evening with Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. On Saturday they will meet members of the Swedish expatriate community, before departing for Stockholm early Sunday morning.

Lena 02-18-2005 10:03 AM

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King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden visited disaster-affected areas in Thailand's southern provinces of Phuket and Phangnga on Friday. The royal couple have been in Thailand on a four-day visit to show their gratitude for the hospitality shown to Swedes caught in the tsunami that struck Asia late last year.

After touring areas ravaged by the disaster and attending a ceremony of mourning for victims, Carl and Silvia visited Bangkok's Phuket hospital where they met and sympathized with some of the Swedish survivors who are still recovering from their injuries in the Thai hospital. Later, they also spoke with doctors and nurses expressing their gratitude for their indefatigable efforts during the crisis.

The Swedish royals met earlier this week with Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit to personally thank them for the help, support and hospitality extended to Swedish nationals since the tragedy.

King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia wrap up their Thai visit on Saturday. They are the highest-level dignitaries to visit the tsunami-affected provinces since the fatal waves struck on December 26.

GrandDuchess 02-18-2005 11:27 AM

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Picture series from the memorial service in Khao Lak today, from Expressen:

GrandDuchess 02-18-2005 11:51 AM

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The King and Queen with Thailand's Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife pose at the Pearl Village hotel ahead of a dinner reception:

HMQueenElizabethII 02-18-2005 08:18 PM

Is this a State Visit?I remember that The King and The Queen had paid their State Visit to Thailand in February last year.

GrandDuchess 02-19-2005 09:15 AM


Originally Posted by HMQueenElizabethII
Is this a State Visit?I remember that The King and The Queen had paid their State Visit to Thailand in February last year.

No, it is not a State Visit - this is just an official visit to thank the Thai people and volunteers etc for their incredible job after the tsunami.

GrandDuchess 02-19-2005 09:16 AM

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From the King & Queen's meeting with people from the Scandinavian Church in Bangkok, pics from Getty/AFP:

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