Crown Princess Couple's Official Visit to California, USA: February 19-22, 2024


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The royal court updated to its calendar today, that the Crown Princess Couple makes an official visit to California (San Francisco and surrounding area), on February 19-22.Officiella program _ Kungahuset


Johan Tegel, the Deputy Director of the Information Department, told to Svensk Damtidning that this an official visit, the trip takes place at the request of the government. The Crown Princess couple will be present at the inauguration of the re-established Consulate General in San Francisco. They will visit various companies in San Francisco and the surrounding area, for example in Silicon Valley, together with a large Swedish business delegation. The Minister for International Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Johan Forsell will also be on the trip.Victoria och Daniel lämnar Haga – för USA _*Svensk Dam__________________***
 
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According to the Court's calendar, Victoria and Daniel had today a presentation by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs before the official visit to California.
Officiella program _ Kungahuset

Victoria and Daniel had today at the Royal Palace a meeting with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Business Sweden and The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences IVA before the official visit to California.
Officiella program _ Kungahuset
 
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The Royal Court's press release about the program of the visit:

On 19–22 February 2024, the Crown Princess and Prince Daniel will visit California together with the Minister for International Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Johan Forssell and a business delegation led by the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in collaboration with Business Sweden.

From the program for the visit to California
Program items can be added or removed.

Monday, February 19, San Francisco
Visit at the Marine Mammal Center
To draw attention to the work with sustainability and preservation of the marine environment, the Crown Princess couple visit the non-profit organization Marine Mammal Center, which works to protect the oceans through research and education and the rehabilitation of animals.

Visit to the Scandinavian school
The Crown Princess and Prince Daniel visit students at The Scandinavian School and Cultural Center during the afternoon. The school offers Scandinavian language and culture studies.

Reception for Swedes in California
In the late afternoon, the Crown Princess couple and the Minister visit the Swedish congregation in San Francisco to meet Swedes living in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Tuesday, February 20, Sacramento and San Francisco
Meeting with California Governor Gavin Newsom
The Crown Princess, Prince Daniel and the Minister are received by the Governor of California in Sacramento for a bilateral meeting. An agreement on cooperation between Sweden and California to promote the green transition is expected to be signed in connection with the visit to Sacramento.

Visit to the Consulate General's office
The Crown Princess couple and the Minister visit the newly established Consulate General's office in San Francisco for a meeting with the staff and a tour of the office premises.

Briefing on driverless cars
During the afternoon, the Crown Princess couple and the Minister will take part in the new technology around driverless cars, which are a new element in the cityscape of San Francisco.

Visit Open AI
Together with the business delegation and the Minister, the Crown Princess Couple will be received at Open AI to take part in the latest developments in artificial intelligence.

Meeting with the Mayor of San Francisco
The Crown Princess, Prince Daniel and the Minister are received during the evening by San Francisco Mayor London Breed at City Hall.

Inauguration of the Consulate General of Sweden
During the evening, the Crown Princess officiates the opening of the new Swedish Consulate General at a ceremony in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, in the presence of Minister Johan Forssell.

Wednesday, February 21, Palo Alto
Company visits with the Swedish business delegation
The Crown Princess couple and the Minister will spend Wednesday in Palo Alto, where they will, among other things, visit Ndivia, Intel and Google for presentations and discussions regarding the development of artificial intelligence.
In the afternoon, the delegation visits Stanford University for an in-depth look at the ethical aspects of AI.

Thursday, February 22, Palo Alto
Seminar at Nordic Innovation House
The Crown Princess couple, the Minister and the delegation begin Thursday by attending a breakfast seminar where enhanced cooperation between Sweden and California is discussed.

Participation in the Green Transition Summit
The Crown Princess couple, the Minister and the business delegation as well as representatives from academia and industry, among other things, gather for a conference concerning deepened cooperation within the green transition. During the conference, the Crown Princess gives a speech.
DD.KK.HH. Kronprinsessan och Prins Daniel på officiellt besök till Kalifornien _ Kungahuset
 
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Press release from the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences:
A delegation from the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) will visit Silicon Valley on February 19–22. Parts of the visit will take place in the presence of T.R.H. The Crown Princess and Prince Daniel and Minister for International Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Johan Forssell.
IVA's president Marcus Wallenberg says that the trips's background is the rapid technological development currently taking place within AI and other digital technologies in Silicon Valley. IVA believes that it is of the utmost importance that Swedish companies and organizations gain a deeper understanding of the development, opportunities to build partnerships, and create concrete business opportunities and relationships.
Fokus på AI när IVA och Kronprinsessparet besöker Silicon Valley _ Kungl. Ingenjörsvetenskapsakademien (IVA)

Press release from Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Focus on green transition and AI as Minister for International Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Johan Forssell visits California with Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel

The Royal Court published today an article about the meetings ahead of the visit
Möten inför officiell resa till Kalifornien _ Kungahuset

Victoria's meeting with Björn Fägersten on February 7.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10161127303072534&set=a.292247752533&type=3&ref=embed_post
 
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They will see our "lovely" weather this week. And that is sarcasm. It's blustery, windy, and rainy.
 
Welcome to California to the Crown Princess Couple. I hope they enjoy their trip and apologies for the weather!

Will follow the events on their website and Instagram given that this website will be offline starting tomorrow and Wednesday.:ermm:
 
First Day of the visit
Legion-Media gallery
TT gallery

Victoria och Daniel är i Kalifornien – se kärleksbilderna! _ Svensk Dam
Här glömmer Victoria bort kamerorna – låter kärleken flöda fritt _ Svensk Dam
Victoria och Daniels regniga resa till Kalifornien _ Kungligt _ Expressen
Kronprinsessan Victoria och Daniel besöker San Fransisco
Victoria et Daniel de Suède à la conquête de l'Ouest malgré la tempête _ Point de Vue

At Marine Mammal Center

Victoria's speech at the reception for Swedes at the Swedish Church in San Francisco, she said among other things
"California is close to my husband and I's hearts. We have been here several times before in both official and private contexts. But I don't think we have ever been followed by such a large delegation as this time.
With us on the trip are representatives of government, authorities, academia and industry. The large group shows what a unique and important place California is for Sweden."
H.K.H. Kronprinsessans tal vid mottagning för svensk_kolonin i San Francisco _ Kungahuset

Second day of the visit
Legion-Media gallery
Legion-Media gallery
Getty Images gallery from the first two days

Governor Newsom Welcomes Swedish Delegation to California, Signs Climate Partnership _ California Governor

Victoria på fest med Daniel i natt – visar nya superformen! _ Svensk Dam
Victoria strålar i budgetkap under USA-resan _ Damernas Värld
Victoria de Suède, lumineuse pour son deuxième jour à San Francisco _ Point de Vue

At the inauguration of the Sweden's new Consulate General Victoria and Daniel met besides Nancy Pelosi also Barbro Osher, the Swedish philanthropist and former long-time consul general of Sweden in San Francisco. She is a very good friend of Victoria and Daniel and the whole royal family. We remember, that Barbro Osher spent time with Estelle on Victoria and Daniel's visit to San Francisco in 2015, they went to the zoo and made pancakes together. On this trip Victoria handed out the Order of the Polar Star to Barbro Osher.
Victorias fina möte med svenska doldis-miljardärskan _ Svensk Dam


Third day of the visit
Legion-Media gallery
Legion-Media gallery

Victorias vågade klädval – väcker uppmärksamhet i USA _ Svensk Dam


Fourth and last day of the visit

Victoria's speech at the Green Transition Summit
H.K.H. Kronprinsessans tal vid Green Transition Summit _ Kungahuset

The Royal Court about the visit. It was great that the Royal Court had photographer Clément Morin at this trip to take photos.
Kronprinsessparet besöker Kalifornien _ Kungahuset
 
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Here are a few more photos from the past few days

The Reception in San Francisco, CA, USA on on February,20th
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From the visit to the Cloud Interactive Experience at Google Cloud in Sunnyvale on February,21st.
PPE Agency
 
Local chef Roberth Sundell, who with his wife Andrea runs the ever-popular Stockhome Restaurant in Petaluma, prepared the food for a meeting at the Consulate General on Tuesday.

Photographer Clément Morin's photos at his own Instagram

The Scandinavian School at its Instagram:
"All students in our Swedish language classes for ages 5-12 had written greetings to the Crown Princess Couple and those were collected in a book and given to Crown Princess Victoria during their visit. Their Highness promised to read all greetings during the long return flight to Sweden."

Erik Ramanathan, the United States ambassador to Sweden, at his Instagram:

Crown Princess Victoria Visits San Francisco — Royal Portraits Gallery
Crown Princess Victoria Vitis Scandinavian School and Cultural Center in San Francisco — Royal Portraits Gallery
Crown Princess Victoria Visits City Hall of San Francisco — Royal Portraits Gallery
Crown Princess Victoria Attends Inaugural Reception of the New Consulate General of Sweden in San Francisco — Royal Portraits Gallery
Crown Princess Victoria Visits Stanford University — Royal Portraits Gallery
Se Victorias resegarderob! 3 kostymer, 5 väskor, 4 par skor _ Svensk Dam

The Royal Court published a short video of the visit at its social media

Video of the meeting with governor Gavin Newsom

Victoria and Daniel had with them a large business delegation from the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. The Academy has published over 100 photos from the visit at its Flickr-account.
Some of the photos:
Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 ** Pic 4 ** Pic 5 ** Pic 6 ** Pic 7
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Neighbors Abroad Palo Alto posted these photos from the Green Transition Summit:
Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3

Swedish singer Gerd performed at the inauguration of the new Swedish Consulate General.
She posted a photo of the meeting with Victoria and Daniel to her social media:
 
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