When you’ve found a winning outfit formula, it’s always a good idea to stick with it, as the Duchess of Cambridge proved when she stepped out this evening in a floral dress by Erdem for the second night running.
Last night the pregnant Duchess chose a £1,945 saffron yellow gown by British-based designer and this evening she stepped out in another of his creations, a blue velvet dress with a floral motif and bell sleeves, with a ribbon belt that accentuated her neat baby bump.
Kate, 36, had made a quick change out of the cream Alexander McQueen dress she wore to tea at Haga Palace with Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden this afternoon before heading on to an event at Stockholm’s Fotografiska Gallery, which boasts glittering views over the city at night.
The Duchess wore her hair swept back in an elegant updo, which mirrored the hairstyle of Crown Princess Victoria who looked glamorous in a black satin pencil skirt and red blouse with voluminous sleeves.
On arrival, the Duchess wrapped up in a black fur-trimmed coat by Swedish designer Ida Sjostedt, who is a graduate of the University of Westminster.
This evening’s event is set to be ‘a celebration of contemporary culture with guests representing the worlds of music, film, television, theatre, tech, dance, art and sport, with live music, drinks and canapés’, according to Kensington Palace, with William, 35, set to deliver a speech to his hosts.
Earlier today, the Duchess of Cambridge displayed her growing baby bump as she and Prince William, were invited for an intimate tea party with some of the youngest members of the Swedish royal family.
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Kate opted for another floral number by Erdem, after sporting the same brand last night, pairing the blue velvet dress with black ankle strap heels
The Duchess exchanged greetings with Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden who looked glamorous in a black sating pencil skirt and red top with statement sleeves
The Duchess opted for an elaborately patterned velvet number by Erdem with statement bell sleeves. Inside the gala, pregnant Kate skipped the champagne and stuck to water
Crown Princess Victoria teamed her smart skirt and blouse with black ankle boots and a striking furry jacket
The royals were joined by Crown Princess Victoria who opted for a black satin skirt with a daring side slit and a red satin blouse
The Duchess of Cambridge during a reception to celebrate Swedish culture at the Fotografiska Gallery in Stockholm
Even her umbrella matches! The Duchess shielded herself from the rain under a blue parasol as she arrived at the reception to celebrate Swedish culture
Despite a busy day of engagements, the Duchess didn’t look in the least tired as she chatted eagerly to guests
William and Kate, who is six months pregnant with the couple’s third child, met the adorable offspring of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel – Princess Estelle, five, and Prince Oscar, who turns two in March.
The Duchess was wearing a cream bouclé dress from Alexander McQueen, while her host wore a mint-coloured trouser suit with a belted waist for their penultimate meeting with the Swedish royals before the couple depart for Norway on Thursday.
This morning, the couple kicked off their second day in Stockholm with a meeting on mental health before stopping in at Matteusskolan school.
While dozens of pupils waved hand-drawn flags and bunches of flowers, some lucky youngsters managed to get a high-five from the Duchess as she greeted the crowds assembled outside.
Twinning! Both Kate and Wililam dressed in similar shades of blue for the reception at the Fotografiska Gallery in Stockholm
Crown Princess Victoria teamed her ensemble with an electric blue clutch bag. Prince William gave a speech at the event, and said ‘beautiful’ Stockholm had surpassed his expectations
The royal couples posed for a photo together at the end of a busy day of joint engagements
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving for a reception at Fotografiska
The Duke and Duchess were greeted by Per and Jan Broman, the brothers who set up the Fotografiska
The Duchess and Crown Princess Victoria both went for very different looks for the occasion. Right: Kate’s dress skimmed perfectly over her neat baby bump
William looked animated as he chatted to guests at the reception at Stockholm’s Fotografiska Gallery
On arrival, the Duchess wrapped up in a black fur-trimmed coat by Swedish designer Ida Sjostedt
Pregnant Kate sipped on water as she chatted to guests at the reception celebrating Swedish culture
Prince William and Crown Princess Victoria were seen mingling with guests at the cultural reception
The couple spent around ten minutes shaking hands with the schoolchildren, with William repeatedly telling them ‘you’ve got cold hands’ and complimenting them on the flags they were waving.
As the they moved down rows of youngsters, the Duchess asked: ‘Are you cold? Are you all wrapped up?’
Some children jumped on each other’s shoulders, and hugged each other in excitement at having met the two royal couples.
Prince William’s speech at Stockholm’s Fotografiska Gallery
It has been a great pleasure to be in Stockholm these last two days. Sweden is a country that holds a very special place in the heart of my family, and for all British people. And our expectations about this beautiful city have been more than fully met!
When Catherine and I first planned our visit here, we knew that we wanted to come here to learn. We wanted to find out what it was about Sweden that gave you such an enviable reputation in the world: design, the creative industries, hi-tech manufacturing, social justice, popular culture… the list could go on. What are, we wanted to know, are the magic Swedish ingredients?
Of course, on one visit, we can only touch the surface. But in the past two days, Catherine and I have experienced some of the unique mix of factors that contribute to the Swedish way of life.
The Duke of Cambridge said he was hugely impressed by the Swedish love of the great outdoors
The Swedish love of the outdoors – the way you embrace your climate and environment, and are committed to ensuring future generations can do the same. The fact that you do so when it is so cold, is really inspiring. One lesson that we will take home with us is that children are actively encouraged to spend time outdoors, whatever the weather. This is obviously very good for their physical health but, as we learned this morning at the remarkable Karolinska Institute, it has huge benefits for a child’s mental health as well.
In the past two days, Catherine and I have also explored some of the many scientific partnerships between the UK and Sweden that make our lives longer, healthier and more productive. It was a privilege to learn more about how the legacy of Alfred Nobel is used to celebrate the very best of humanity in science and the arts. Our visit to the Karolinska Institute was a particular highlight – a world-class centre of learning, which has developed extraordinary insight into the science underpinning our mental health.
We have learned about the extraordinary contribution Swedish design and fashion has made to the world. I am very pleased we were able to launch a programme that links young architects and designers from our two countries to develop creative ideas for affordable, sustainable, safe housing.
Tomorrow, we are looking forward to meeting representatives of Sweden’s armed forces. There is a Swedish saying that I won’t attempt to say in Swedish but which translates in English something like, “It matters to you, too, when a neighbour’s wall is on fire.” Your security concerns are ours, and it is hugely important that we continue to work ever more closely together to reduce threats.
Great things happen when we work together. Indeed this very special place where we are this evening will bring a great new addition to the London arts scene when it opens a sister museum there later this year.
We have encountered a wonderfully warm welcome. We are particularly grateful for the hospitality of Their Majesties The King and Queen, and of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel. We have been very fortunate to have spent much of the past two days in their welcoming company, including at their home in Haga. Thank you for making us feel so welcome. We very much hope we will have the opportunity to repay your generosity in the United Kingdom soon.
Tonight is a celebration of energy, creativity, innovation and engagement in the world – all words we associate with both Britain and Sweden. Above all, tonight is a celebration of friendship. Thank you, all, for joining us.
One teenager, more in hope than expectation, quizzed the Duchess about her taste in rap music: ‘I asked her if she knew J Hus,’ said Lucas Tinseau, 15. ‘She said ‘I will look out for him.”
He added: ‘I asked her how her grandmother was, Queen Elizabeth. She said, ‘I will say hello from you.”
Malte Bregqvist, 15, a ninth grade pupil, said: ‘I shook both their hands. It was weird, I never really met a royal before. I asked them how they were and they said the same thing to everyone, they were nice, they were doing fine. It’s generous of them to take time and shake everybody’s hands.’
Robin Szoppe, 15, also in ninth grade, said: ‘Kate just walked in front of me and I said ‘hi and shook her hand. She said she was good. She just walked by.’
The Duchess teamed her blue dress with a pair of silver pear shaped earrings, and stuck to her signature smokey eye and nude lipstick
Fellow student Kendal Kaya, 15, added: ‘You would think they would be a bit arrogant because they’re famous but they were really polite. It was really nice. They were casual people.’
Once inside, the four royals watched pupils at Matteusskolan, which has 700 children aged between six and 15, take part in a role-playing exercise exploring family problems. They also spent time privately talking to young people about the emotional issues they face.
The royal party were marking the 10th anniversary of the Youth Aware Mental Health (YAM) programme, which encouraged young people aged between 14 and 16 to help each other battle a wide range of emotional and mental health problems.
A very tiny tea party: William and Kate, who is six months pregnant with the couple’s third child, met the adorable children of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel – Princess Estelle, five, and Prince Oscar, who turns two in March
Making friends: Oscar, 22 months and Estelle, two, were on their best behaviour as they met their royal guests. The toddler was smartly dressed in dark trousers and a blue shirt while his big sister wore a grey pleated dress
Goodbye for now: After spending two days in each other’s company, a PhD student who met the two couples earlier on Wednesday said: ‘I think they are having much fun together… lots in common. Despite their position they are very low key’
Royal reception: After this morning’s visit to the Karolinska Institutet, the two couples travelled on to Matteusskolan, a comprehensive school in the heart of the city centre (pictured), ahead of a scheduled visit to a Swedish department store
Earlier on Wednesday, kicking off the second day of their high-profile visit to Sweden, William and Kate joined forces with Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel (pictured) to meet with experts and discuss the country’s approach to mental health
Maternity style: Duchess displayed her burgeoning bump in a red houndstooth coat by Catherine Walker, worn over an Alexander McQueen dress and paired with earrings by Swedish jeweller In2Design, no doubt in a nod to her hosts
The Duchess wore her hair in bouncy curls at the Karolinska Institutet on Wednesday morning – just days after royal hairdresser Amanda Cook Tucker revealed her tools for the royal tour included 13 hairbrushes and three pairs of tongs
After their school visit, huge crowds gathered to catch a glimpse at the two royal couples as they visited the NK shopping centre in Stockholm today. They were seen eyeing up a high-tech £4,000 bag as well as a pair of silver boots which a shopping assistant joked would make a great present for Valentine’s Day
In the school hall, they heard one teenage student, Hugo Steg, make a speech in English about his experiences doing the course and supporting his friends.
‘I couldn’t do that speech in Swedish,’ William quipped before discussing the work that the younger British and Swedish royals have been doing to encourage national conversations about mental health issues.
‘Catherine and I and Victoria and Daniel care deeply about mental health,’ he told an audience of teachers, students and mental health practitioners. ‘It’s all about early intervention. Sometimes a conversation is enough.’
The royals were viewing an exhibition of UK design, fashion and brands that operate in Sweden put together by the British Embassy. The theme was sustainability and innovation – with everything from vegan shoes to Bluetooth-operated bags
During their visit to NK, William joined Crown Princess Victoria on one side of the room while Kate and Prince Daniel chatted to company founders on the other side. As they walked down a specially-laid blue carpet on arrival, shoppers crowded at the balconies above to catch a glimpse of the two royal couples
The beaming Duchess poses for a photo with William and Victoria (left), whose stylish blouse with a pie crust collar could be seen peeking out from beneath her belted suit. She wore her hair in a sleek ponytail and wore a pearl bracelet
The youngsters looked delighted to catch a glimpse of the royals as many waved their hand-drawn notes and pictures. One pupil had brought a colourful bouquet of yellow and purple blooms to present to the royals (centre)
Crown Princess Victoria, who removed her pale pink coat to reveal a stylish belted trouser suit, beamed as she clutched a bunch of flowers presented to her by one of the school children who gathered outside to meet them
A right royal welcome! The youngsters looked ecstatic to meet the Duchess on Wednesday morning, with many reaching out to shake her hand and high-five her (right) while others passed her flowers (left)
As the couple spoke to youngsters, one teenager, more in hope than expectation, quizzed the Duchess about her taste in rap music: ‘I asked her if she knew J Hus,’ said Lucas Tinseau, 15. ‘She said ‘I will look out for him’
Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria acknowledged the importance of the work YAM has been doing in her country after an explosion in problems involving young people over the last 10 years. ‘We have seen a 100 per cent increase in mental health issues among young people aged 10 to 17,’ she said.
Earlier, accompanied by their hosts, Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel, the couple visited the world-renowned Karolinska Institutet, a medical university in Solna, Stockholm where they met with academics and professionals to discuss the country’s approach to tackling mental health challenges.
The Duchess displayed her burgeoning bump in a red houndstooth coat by Catherine Walker, worn over a cream Alexander McQueen bouclé dress and paired with oversized pearl earrings by Swedish jeweller In2Design, no doubt in a nod to her hosts.
After speaking to Kate and William, Malte Bregqvist, 15, a ninth grade pupil, said: ‘I shook both their hands. It was weird, I never really met a royal before. I asked them how they were and they said the same thing to everyone, they were nice, they were doing fine. It’s generous of them to take time and shake everybody’s hands’
The Duchess teamed her eye-catching houndstooth coat with pared-back accessories including a pair of plain black gloves, a maroon bag from Chanel and a pair of Tod’s shoes she has been spotted in on several occasions
After their school visit, William and Kate went to one of Stockholm’s busiest shopping centres – but walked away empty handed.
The pair were viewing an exhibition of UK design, fashion and brands that operate in Sweden put together by the British Embassy at the NK department store.
The focus of the exhibition was sustainability and innovation – with everything from vegan shoes to Bluetooth-operated bags on display. William joined Crown Princess Victoria on one side of the room while Kate and Prince Daniel chatted to company founders on the other side.
As they walked down a specially-laid blue carpet on arrival, shoppers crowded at the balconies above to catch a glimpse of the two royal couples.
Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz, who founded company Cutecircuit in 2004 spoke to William about their bags that can be customised via a smartphone through Bluetooth technology to display any message or pattern.
Francesca said of William: ‘He said it was very clever… ‘He really understood how everything worked. ‘He seemed passionate about technology.’
The Duchess, who is just three months away from welcoming her third child, looked to be in excellent spirits as she laughed and joked with youngsters from Matteusskolan. Many offered the couple gifts including flowers and flags
While the visit offers Kate and William the chance to meet locals, they will also today will meet youngsters who have taken part in the YAM programme during one of their mental health activity sessions at the school
Given the opportunity to choose a message for the bag, William wrote ‘I belong to Victoria’, to which the group laughed. Francesca said Crown Princess Victoria found the message ‘very funny’.
The £4,000 bag was made from aerospace aluminium coated in gold and decorated with Swarovski crystals, however the company also makes more affordable £200 t-shirts. Exhibitors said that the two royal couples – who had not met before the visit – seemed to be getting on very well.
Anna Lidstroem, a PhD student in sustainable fashion at the Swedish School of Textiles, said: ‘I think they are having much fun together…lots in common… Despite their position they are very low key.’
She added: ‘It’s always inspiring to see the interests that they have.’
Alicia Lai, founder of vegan shoe company Bourgeois Boheme, which makes shoes out of materials including cork and recycled rubber showed her products to Kate.
She said: ‘We’re here to show people there is an alternative to what’s out there in the mainstream, to leather, because leather isn’t the most sustainable material out there. For us quality is key.’
She said of Kate and Prince Daniel: ‘They hadn’t heard of vegan shoes before so that was great to introduce them to that and look at the ethos behind our work. They were really interested in our product.
‘[Kate] was asking about the materials we are using, how large is our range. ‘We’re such a small company that being given the recognition for what we’re doing is great.’
After a brief meet and greet with the royals this morning, one pupil, Robin Szoppe, 15, in ninth grade, said: ‘Kate just walked in front of me and I said ‘hi and shook her hand. She said she was good. She just walked by’
As the couple moved down rows of youngsters, the Duchess asked: ‘Are you cold? Are you all wrapped up?’ Some children jumped on each other’s shoulders, and hugged each other in excitement at having met the two royal couples
Practising her Swedish? A beaming Kate chats to locals at Matteusskolan, where she will join children who have taken part in the YAM programme during one of their mental health activity sessions, and will speak to the mentors who run the training
Dozens of adorable infants lined the streets to meet the Duke and Duchess as they arrived at Matteusskolan, with many waving hand-drawn Swedish and Union flags to greet their hosts
The royals appeared to had made an impression during their visit, with student Kendal Kaya, 15, saying: ‘You would think they would be a bit arrogant because they’re famous but they were really polite. It was really nice. They were casual people’
Kate and Victoria share a laugh before heading inside to hear about the YAM mental health programme. Both royals opted for pearl earrings, with the Swedish Crown Princess opting for soft pastel colours and a sleek ponytail
William joked to one group about the fact that they had been running late earlier in the day, saying: ‘We’re not very good with time’
She teamed her outfit with a quilted maroon Chanel bag and fringed leather pumps from Italian label Tod’s, while her host, Victoria, opted for a stylish pastel trouser suit worn over a piecrust collar and a Stella McCartney clutch.
The Karolinska Institutet is one of the largest and most prestigious medical universities in the world and accounts for over 40 per cent of the medical academic research conducted in Sweden.
Since 1901 the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has also been responsible for selecting the Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine.
The Crown Princess has spoken openly about her own battle with an eating disorder as a young woman, while her husband – a former fitness trainer who opened a chain of exclusive gyms, which is how they met – has taken a particular interest in the subject and started his own programme to promote physical well-being in the young.
The two couples left their separate residences but their respective convoys met up en route – and as they stepped out of their cars they greeted each other warmly outside.
Inside they went for a briefing with senior staff including Professor Carl Johan Sundberg, Dr Anna Lundh and Dr Ulrika Berg, who outlined some of their research into the issue.
During their visit to the school today, the couple heard about the Youth Aware of Mental Health (YAM) programme run by the National association for Suicide Research and Prevention of Mental Ill Health (NASP)
The programme Kate and William heard about today, YAM, is run for 14 to 16-year-olds promoting increased knowledge about mental health through dialogue and role play, and now operates internationally, including in the UK
Underneath her eye-catching coat the Duchess was wearing a cream Alexander McQueen bouclé dress (pictured), paired with oversized pearl earrings by Swedish jeweller In2Design, no doubt in a nod to her hosts
‘We have a problem with the growth of mental health disorders here in Sweden,’ said Dr Lundh, ‘and we are trying to create a programme where we standardise treatment packages and place as much emphasis on physical activity, looking at sleep, looking at eating behaviour, as we do on psychology and pharmaceuticals. ‘
Dr Berg added: ‘I am a paediatrician and meet a lot of children with mental problems. It is absolutely important that we use physical activity as a tool for prevention and also for treatment for…mental diseases such as depression.
‘I think people think ‘oh, it is good for children to move’. But it has really been shown, in research, that there are important effects, for example in depression when we know that self-esteem increases, we know that regular physical activity of an aerobic kind, three times a week and adding skeleton load and muscle strengthening activities will lead to many positive health benefits. And it doesn’t have any side effects.’
‘The increased number of mental health issues coming forward, are they increased or are they more seen because of conversations or because of mental health becoming a little less stigmatised? ‘ asked William.
Earlier, at the Karolinska Institutet, the Duchess removed her coat to reveal a cream bouclé dress from Alexander McQueen which showed off her growing bump as she met with a team of experts to discuss Sweden’s approach to mental health
Prestigious: The Karolinska Institutet is one of the largest and most prestigious medical universities in the world and accounts for over 40 per cent of the medical academic research conducted in Sweden
Close to their hearts: The Duke and Duchess have put the issue of mental health – and the ability to talk as openly and comfortably about it as physical health – as a cornerstone of their public work both in the UK and abroad in recent years
The Duchess showed off her bump to perfection in the metallic bouclé Alexander McQueen dress which she teamed with pared-back maroon accessories. Her carefully-selected earrings were from a Swedish brand in a nod to her hosts
Quick change: The Duchess removed her red houndstooth coat (left) to reveal an elegant metallic wool-blend bouclé-tweed midi dress from Alexander McQueen (right) which showed off her burgeoning bump and is from the Pre-Fall ’17 collection
The royals met with academics and practitioners and discussed the Swedish approach to managing mental health issues this morning as the kicked off another busy day of engagements with a visit to the Karolinska Institutet
The Duke was told that there was a real increase in people diagnosed with depression and anxiety in Sweden.
‘Why are the [number of] girls higher than boys?’ the prince asked.
‘We do not know,’ he was told – but it was confirmed that there was definitely an increase in anxiety in young girls.
‘And now those girls are becoming mothers themselves,’ interjected Kate.
The couple also heard about the Youth Aware of Mental Health (YAM) programme run by the National association for Suicide Research and Prevention of Mental Ill Health (NASP).
YAM is a programme run for 14 to 16-year-olds promoting increased knowledge about mental health through dialogue and role play, and now operates internationally, including in the UK.
The Duke and Duchess have put the issue of mental health – and the ability to talk as openly and comfortably about it as physical health – as a cornerstone of their public work both in the UK and abroad in recent years.
Together with Prince Harry, they spearheaded the Heads Together campaign, encouraging people to speak out about their psychological problems or be a sympathetic ear for others.
In their first engagement of the day, a Crown Princess Victoria (far left) and her husband Prince Daniel, a former personal trainer (far right), the couple visited the world-renowned Karolinska Institutet, a medical university in Solna
Team effort: Today William and Kate discussed, among other issues, the impact of physical activity on mental health, which is sure to be of particular interest to Prince Daniel (third left) given his background in health and fitness
While Kate opted for red houndstooth, her host (far right) wore a mint-coloured trouser suit teamed with a pastel coat. William and Kate spearheaded the Heads Together campaign, encouraging people to speak out about their mental health issues
After their visit to the Karolinska Institutet, the two couples travelled on to Matteusskolan, a comprehensive school in the heart of the city centre, before visiting one of Sweden’s leading department stores to open an interactive exhibition of UK design in Sweden.
There William and Kate, 36, learned how these brands in particular put innovation, technology and sustainable practices at the forefront of their businesses.
During their visit to NK, staff shared a joke with William as he eyed up a pair of ladies’ silver boots, quipping: ‘It’s Valentine’s Day next month!’
Queen of accessories: The Duchess teamed her outfit with a small maroon Chanel bag and fringed leather pumps from Italian label Tod’s as she arrived at the medical university on Wednesday morning
Worthy cause: Today William and Kate are due to discuss, among other issues, the impact of physical activity on mental health, which is sure to be of particular interest to Prince Daniel, 44, given his background in health and fitness
Close to their hearts: The Duke and Duchess have put the issue of mental health – and the ability to talk as openly and comfortably about it as physical health – as a cornerstone of their public work both in the UK and abroad
The Duchess’s red houndstooth coat is believed to be bespoke, and featured oversized buttons. She teamed it with maroon accessories and black gloves featuring a bow
William and Kate’s visit will give them a taste of ‘the Scandinavian way of life’ according to Kensington Palace. They are keen to ‘see how people of all generations battle the elements to make the most of their surroundings’
Royal hosts: After this morning’s engagement, the two royal couples will head to Victoria and Daniel’s residence, Haga Palace, for a private tea before heading onto an event at the Fotografiska Gallery, which boasts glittering views over the city at night
Crown Princess Victoria, who is heir apparent to the Swedish throne, put a protective arm around her husband as the group made their way inside the Karolinska Institutet this morning to meet with a team of academics and practitioners
On Thursday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will travel on to Norway for the next leg of their royal tour where they will be hosted by the heir apparent, Crown Prince Haakon, and his wife Crown Princess Mette-Marit.
After two busy days of engagements, including luncheon at Oslo’s Royal Palace, a formal dinner and a visit to a local school, the royal couple will return to London on Friday afternoon.
In a statement ahead of their visit, Kensington Palace said: ‘The Duke and Duchess are keen to experience a taste of the Scandinavian way of life for themselves, and to see how people of all generations battle the elements to make the most of their surroundings, whether ice-skating in Stockholm’s local parks, or skiing off-piste in the hills that surround Oslo.
‘The UK’s links with each country are extensive, and Their Royal Highnesses are looking forward to building a lasting friendship with the people of both Sweden and Norway.’
How William and Kate spent their first day in Sweden
On Tuesday the Duke and Duchess visited Vasaparken, an outdoor ice-skating venue in the centre of Stockholm, to learn about the sport bandy hockey.
They then travelled to the Royal Palace of Stockholm to attend a luncheon hosted by King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel also attended.
Day one: Kate takes part in a game of bandy hockey, the couple’s first activity after touching down in Stockholm on Tuesday. She kept warm in a pair of trendy snow boots, skinny jeans, a bobble hat and a Burberry shearling coat
Day one: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, accompanied by Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden, walk from the Royal Palace of Stockholm to the Nobel Museum on the first day of their visit to Sweden
Day one: After their game of hockey, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended an event celebrating architectural collaboration and the best of Swedish design at Ark Des in Stockholm – rounding off a busy first day in the country
Day one: The couple rounded off an action-packed first day with a glittering dinner thrown by the British Ambassador and attended by Oscar winner Alicia Vikander (L-R) Kate, William, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel
Later, the Duke and Duchess, accompanied by Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, walked through the picturesque cobbled streets of Stockholm from the Royal Palace to the Nobel Museum.
Once inside the Museum, the couple met a number of Nobel Laureates, and will hear more from the Museum’s curator about Science in Sweden and the Nobel Laureate system.
The Duke and Duchess visited Ark Des, Sweden’s national centre for architecture and design.That evening,they attended a black tie dinner at the Residence of the British Ambassador, attended by members of the Swedish Royal Family, and representatives from government, and popular culture, including actors Stellan Skarsgård and Alicia Vikander.
Who are the Swedish and Norwegian royals?
The Swedish and Norwegian royal monarchies are two colourful families whose pasts are inextricably linked, as King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and King Harald of Norway are second cousins, once removed.
Sweden’s ruling House of Bernadotte was founded in 1818 while Norway’s House of Oldenburg was founded just seven years later in 1825.
King XVI Gustaf’s great-great-uncle Prince Carl, brother of King Gustav V had a daughter named Princess Märtha, born in 1901.
Princess Martha was King Gustav’s first cousin, twice removed and went on to marry Crown Prince Olav of Norway.
Their son who is now King Harald of Norway, was born in 1937 and is the second cousin once removed of King XVI Gustaf of Sweden.
Here Femail reveals some of the royals who make up these distinguished families…
Meet the Scandis! Members of the Swedish and Norweigan royal households (1) Prince Daniel of Sweden, (2) Princess Sofia of Sweden, (3) Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, (4) Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, (5) Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, (6) Crown Princess Haakon of Norway, (7) Queen Silvia of Sweden, (8) King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, (9) Queen Sonja of Norway, (10) King Harald of Norway, and (11) Princess Märtha-Louise of Norway
SWEDISH ROYAL FAMILY
Carl XVI Gustaf and his wife Silvia, the King and Queen of Sweden
At the age of 71 Carl is the second-longest reigning monarch in Swedish history, who took to the throne in 1973 . He and his wife Queen Silvia, 74, a German-Brazilian former flight attendant, have three children: Victoria, 40, Carl, 38 and Madeleine, 35, and six grandchildren, and have increasingly been handing responsibilities down to heir apparent, Crown Princess Victoria.
Crown Princess Victoria, eldest daughter of King Carl XVI Gustaf, and her husband Prince Daniel
Victoria, 40, was not expected to take to the throne when she was born in 1977 but a change in the law of succession three years later changed that. In 2010, Victoria married her former personal trainer Daniel Westling, and the couple share two children, Princess Estelle, five, and Prince Oscar, who turns two in March 2018.
Prince Carl Philip, son of King Carl XVI Gustaf, and his wife Princess Sofia
Prince Carl Philip, 38, caused a stir when he married former glamour model Sofia Hellqvist in 2014. The Prince, who is dyslexic, accused the public of ‘bullying’ her at the time, but the duo went on to welcome Prince Alexander, in April 2016 and another little boy, Prince Gabriel, in August the following year.
Princess Madeleine, youngest child of King Carl XVI Gustaf and her husband Christopher O’Neill
Princess Madeleine, 35, broke off her engagement to a lawyer to marry a ‘commoner’, financier Christopher O’Neill, in 2013. He declined a royal title when he married the princess so he was free to pursue his career and the couple live a relatively private life in London. Currently seventh-in-line to the Swedish throne, the keen equestrian and art history graduate shares Princess Leonore, three, and Prince Nicolas, two, with her husband, and is expecting their third child in 2018.
NORWEGIAN ROYAL FAMILY
King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway
King Harald V, 80, took to the throne in 1991 after the death of his father Olav V of Norway. He and his wife Queen Sonja are parents to Princess Märtha Louise, 46, and Crown Prince Haakon, 44 – who will take to the Norwegian throne ahead of his older sister due to the country’s laws of succession.
Crown Prince Haakon and Princess Mette-Marit of Norway
Norway’s heir, 44, is famous for his fondness of pranks, confusing guests by shaving off his beard during his parents’ formal 80th birthday celebrations last year. He and his wife, Princess Mette-Marit, are also parents to Princess Ingrid Alexandra, 14, who is the goddaughter of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, while Mette-Marit has son Marius Borg Høiby from a previous relationship.
Princess Märtha Louise of Norway
Märtha Louise, 46, split with novelist Ari Behn in 2016 after 14 years of marriage and the pair are parents to Maud Angelica Behn, 14, Leah Isadora Behn, 12 and Emma Tallulah Behn, nine. In a joint statement, they said they felt ‘guilty’ that they could not make their marriage work but concluded that it would be ‘unwise’ to continue in their unhappy union. Märtha Louise runs the Her Royal Highness Princess Märtha Louise’s Fund to help disabled children.
How are Norway and Sweden’s royal families linked?
King XVI Gustaf’s great-great-uncle Prince Carl, brother of King Gustav V had a daughter named Princess Märtha, born in 1901.
Princess Martha was King Gustav’s first cousin, twice removed and went on to marry Crown Prince Olav of Norway.
Their son who is now King Harald of Norway, was born in 1937 and is the second cousin once removed of King XVI Gustaf of Sweden.
What will William and Kate be doing in Sweden and Norway?
Tuesday, 30 January
After touching down in Sweden, the Duke and Duchess visited Vasaparken, an outdoor ice-skating venue in the centre of Stockholm. There they learned about the sport bandy hockey.
The couple then travelled to the Royal Palace of Stockholm to attend a luncheon hosted by King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel also attended.
The Duke and Duchess, accompanied by Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, walked through the picturesque cobbled streets of Stockholm from the Royal Palace to the Nobel Museum.
Once inside the Museum, Their Royal Highnesses met a number of Nobel Laureates, and heard more from the Museum’s curator about Science in Sweden and the Nobel Laureate system.
The Duke and Duchess then visited Ark Des, Sweden’s national centre for architecture and design.
That evening, the couple attended a black tie dinner at the Residence of the British Ambassador, attended by members of the Swedish royal family alongside representatives from government, and popular culture, including actors Stellan Skarsgård and Alicia Vikander.
Wednesday, 31 January
William and Kate, accompanied by Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, began the morning at the Karolinska Institute, which accounts for over 40 per cent of the medical academic research conducted in Sweden.
Both royal couples then headed to Matteusskolan, a comprehensive school in the heart of the city centre.
On Wednesday afternoon, the two Royal couples visited one of Sweden’s leading department stores – NK – to open an interactive exhibition of UK design, fashion and brands that operate in Sweden.
From NK, they travelled to Haga Palace, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel’s official residence, for a private tea with the Royal couple.
The Duke and Duchess will then attend an event at the Fotografiska Gallery, which at night boasts glittering views over Stockholm. Weather permitting they will travel to Fotografiska by boat, allowing The Duke and Duchess to take in the views of Stockholm by night as they pass around the harbour.
Thursday, 1 February
The following morning, Their Royal Highnesses will depart Sweden for Norway from Uppsala Airbase
The Duke and Duchess will land in Norway at Oslo Gardermoen Airport in the late morning, where they will be met by Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit. From there, Their Royal Highnesses will travel directly to the Royal Palace, where The Duke and Duchess will stay at the invitation of King Harald and Queen Sonja.
Following a luncheon, Their Royal Highnesses will visit the Princess Ingrid Alexandra Sculpture Park within the Palace Gardens.
Later that afternoon, The Duke and Duchess, accompanied by Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, will attend an event held at MESH, a co-working space for entrepreneurs and start-up companies.
That evening, The Duke and Duchess have been invited by Their Majesties to an official dinner in their honour at the Royal Palace.
Friday, 2 February
The final day of the tour will begin at the Hartvig Nissen School, which was the location for the hugely successful Norwegian television programme ‘Skam’.
Later that morning, The Duke and Duchess will travel to Skaugum, the official residence of The Crown Prince and Princess of Norway, for a private lunch.
The final engagements of the tour will take place in the beautiful setting of Holmenkollen, the snowy hills that overlook the city of Oslo.
From Holmenkollen, The Duke and Duchess will depart for the airport, and on to London.