Friday, 21 October 2016

The Duke and Duchess of Varmland's home visit

The Duke and Duchess of Varmland on a walkabout in their duchy today

The Duke and Duchess of Varmland popped back to their duchy today. Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden spent the day in the area, bringing back memories of their first trip to the duchy they call their own soon after their wedding last year. This autumnal trip included forests, sport and a bit of business as Sweden's newest royal parents enjoyed a day in Varmland.

The royal couple had arrived by train with Prince Alexander but the littlest royal in Sweden was safely tucked up indoors while mum and dad did the whole duchy tour thing. Prince Carl Philip started the day learning about modern forestry as he headed into the woods to hear about the work of the Agricultural Society.

Princess Sofia's first engagement of the day was even more active as the Duchess of Varmland got sporty at the Leisure Bank in Karlstad which has been set up with the support of the local university. It's meant to be a library for sports equipment, allowing local residents to borrow the things they need for a healthy life and not let cost put them off getting fit. It also provided an opportunity for Princess Sofia to provide plenty of royal sporting photos.

The couple then reunited for a walkabout in Saffle where they were welcomed by the local mayor and had a chance to stop for some lunch.

Earlier this week, Carl Philip's mum Queen Silvia was in Paris for a major art exhibition. Today, her son and daughter in law got the chance to view a more unusual installation as they toured the early 20th century water tower which is now an art gallery.

Every royal visit needs a focus on local business and in the afternoon, the Duke and Duchess of Varmland visited Soma which among other things makes valves for use in the pulp and paper industries.

Carl Philip and Sofia during their visit to Soma

Prince Carl Philip then unveiled a plaque in memory of war veterans from Varmland at the Brigade Museum - three years ago, before his marriage, he officially opened the museum itself.

The day ended with a dinner in the couple's honour at the official residence of the area's governor. A chance to celebrate another right royal day out with the duke and duchess who call Varmland their own.

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