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GrandDuchess 04-10-2005 05:29 PM

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In the mailbox of April's issue of the British monarchy website's monthly Royal Insight, there is a question about which was the first State Visit that Queen Elizabeth participated in as new monarch. The answer is Sweden, King Gustaf VI Adolf and Queen Louise paid a State visit to the United Kingdom in June 1954, and here is the full answer from Royal Insight - which gives us a glimpse of the past:

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What was the first State Visit paid to The Queen (Elizabeth II) during her reign?

The first inbound State Visit during The Queen's reign was made by The King and Queen of Sweden in June 1954.

The King and Queen arrived at Westminster Pier in the Royal Barge.

On the first day of their State Visit, they laid a wreath on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey and visited Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother at Clarence House before the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace.

On the second day of their visit, they visited the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington and a Housing Estate at Butt's Farm in Twickenham.

On the third and final full day of their visit the Royal couple attended a reception of the Swedish Colony at the Hall attached to the Swedish Church in London, visited the British Museum and attended a performance at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.
Two pictures that I found at Corbis from this State Visit:

1: Original caption: British and Swedish Royalty at Buckingham Palace. London, England: Queen Elizabeth II in a collarless coat of striking fabric and perky chapeau is shown as she and the Duke of Edinburgh posed at Buckingham Palace with their guests, King Gustav Adolf and Queen Louise of Sweden. June 29, 1954.

2: Original caption: City's Welcome to the Swedish Royal Couple. London, England: King Gustaf VI and Queen Louise of Sweden, attended by the Duke of Beaufort, Master of the Horse, and members of the suite drove from Buckingham Palace to the Guildhall today where they received an address of welcome from the Lord Mayor Sir Noel Bewster, and the Coporation of London. Riding in an open carriage, King Gustaf and Queen Louise pass down Fleet Street with their Sovereign's Escort of Household Cavalry, on the way to the Guildhall. June 30, 1954.

NJRedDevils 06-06-2005 03:13 AM

Does anyone know if Madeleine speaks other languages besides Swedish and English?

KikkiB 06-06-2005 03:32 AM

I'd say there is a huge chance that she speaks German as well, since that is the Queens mother tongue (or one of her mother tounges), my guess is that the Queen spoke German to her children when they were growing up, so I would think Madeleine knows how to communicate with her cousins in Germany. And if Sweden is something like Norway, I'd guess German either is an elective or a mandatory language for at least some of the school years.

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Does anyone know if Madeleine speaks other languages besides Swedish and English?


Yennie 06-06-2005 05:40 AM

Yes, they all speaks german. When they were little they had special home education in german to be able to speak with thier grandparents and other relatives.

I think they must have studied at least one more language in school, so perhaps they also speaks french?
In a documentary about Lundsberg (his high school) a th crew followed Carl Philip to one of his classes and it sounded like he spoke french...
I´m not sure thoug...

NJRedDevils 06-06-2005 06:08 AM

Thanks, cause i know the Queen speaks many languages..

Gita 06-06-2005 11:59 AM

Spanish
 
I heard a few years back that Prince Carl Philip took some Spansih lessons but it is not known for sure if he did.

delineate 07-03-2005 05:12 PM

General Swedish Royalty Discussion and Questions
 
Do the King and Queen ever actually wear their crowns?

GrandDuchess 07-03-2005 05:18 PM

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Do the King and Queen ever actually wear their crowns?

No, they do not. The regalia are only present (on cushions) for the most important state affairs, but not worn like in the "good old days" (in some ways, I'd love to see them in full regalia again). I think Queen Elizabeth is the only (or one of few, not sure) monarch left in Europe who still wears the crown and regalia - and UK the only country where there are still traditional coronations.

delineate 07-04-2005 01:07 AM

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Originally Posted by GrandDuchess
No, they do not. The regalia are only present (on cushions) for the most important state affairs, but not worn like in the "good old days" (in some ways, I'd love to see them in full regalia again). I think Queen Elizabeth is the only (or one of few, not sure) monarch left in Europe who still wears the crown and regalia - and UK the only country where there are still traditional coronations.

Interesting, thanks for the info.

Yennie 07-04-2005 05:22 AM

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Originally Posted by delineate
Do the King and Queen ever actually wear their crowns?

Queen Silvias has worn her "kröningsdiadem" at some occasions I think, but thats not really a crown.
I´m not sure she has a real crown? Is that only for the reigning King/Queen?

GrandDuchess 07-04-2005 10:22 AM

King Oscar II was the last king to be crowned in Sweden, that was in 1873.

Swedish kings and queens have not worn their crowns since 1907. But as I mentioned, the regalia are still present at the most important state affairs. But not worn, only displayed to mark the royal dignity and the importance of the event.

If you visit the treasury at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, you can see a display of many King's, Queen's, Heir's and Ducal crowns. The last time a royal ducal crown was used in Sweden was when the Ducal Crown of Halland was placed on Prince Bertil's coffin as he was laying in state, and also for his funeral, in 1997.

https://img166.imageshack.us/img166/5...aulrika5ev.jpg
This is the present Queen's Crown, Queen Lovisa Ulrika's Crown from 1751.

robby86 09-26-2005 06:29 PM

Where-els, if any, will CP Victoria be traveling the year?

Royal Fan 10-04-2005 02:10 PM

so Victoria wont have a Crown placed on her head interesting

Yennie 10-04-2005 03:05 PM

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Originally Posted by Josefine
tell me more about this

she wore it on the official photos that were taken in 1976. And I think she has worn it at Nobel once to...

I dont have any photos of it though

robby86 10-04-2005 03:53 PM

Since Victoria will be the first Queen of Sweden (not through marriage) will the ceremony be any different then that of the King? (probably a stupped question, but I was just wondering :o )

robby86 10-04-2005 04:10 PM

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This is a guide for those of you who haven’t (yet) attended a royal banquet/dinner (if this would be the case for someone :P ) in Sweden.

Speaking with The King and Queen:
The King prefers to stand, while The Queen often sits down while talking to guests. The King has always decided which guests he wishes to talk to (it can be ambassadors or other persons who can inform The King about interesting things). When The King or Queen asks, you are “fetched” by The King’s Aid-de-Camp or The Queen’s Lady-in-Waiting. You don’t begin to speak to The King on your own.

Would the same rules apply to Victoria (maybe Carl Philip, and Madeleine too)?

GrandDuchess 10-05-2005 02:58 AM

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Originally Posted by robby86
Would the same rules apply to Victoria (maybe Carl Philip, and Madeleine too)?

No, I don't think so - they're family and the Royal Family, so these "rules" are merely for guests. But when they have dinners or parties, I think they try to talk with many different guests, and not with each other. And I guess this applies also to the royal children if they are in attendance.

GrandDuchess 10-05-2005 03:16 AM

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Originally Posted by robby86
Since Victoria will be the first Queen of Sweden (not through marriage) will the ceremony be any different then that of the King? (probably a stupped question, but I was just wondering :o )

Yes, I think that the ceremony will be more modern and maybe also more "simple", how, I don't even want to begin to guess though.

But for example, the next monarch in Sweden will not take the Konungaförsäkran (translates to "the Kingly Assurance") in front of the Government like King Carl XVI did, since I think it was abolished with the change of the Constitution. The next monarch, and the following ones, will merely make a "Declaration of Office" in front of the Parliament.

But of course we don't know anything for sure, and we won't really know until the time for her has come to ascend the throne.

robby86 10-05-2005 05:06 PM

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Originally Posted by GrandDuchess
No, I don't think so - they're family and the Royal Family, so these "rules" are merely for guests. But when they have dinners or parties, I think they try to talk with many different guests, and not with each other. And I guess this applies also to the royal children if they are in attendance.

Actually, I meant would we (the guest) have to follow the same rules when talking to the royal children. :D

robby86 10-10-2005 03:27 PM

When were the royal children alowed to go to the noble ceramony? Was it when they turned 18, or something like that?


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