Friday, 16 December 2016

Victoria and Daniel in Italy, day two

Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel in Rome
(photo FAO via Flickr)

It's always good when a trip has a personal touch and as Crown Princess Victoria continued her visit to Italy, she came face to face with an historic organisation there set up by her great grandfather. Victoria, along with Prince Daniel, spent time at the Swedish Institute in Rome, established by King Gustav VI Adolf whose throne she will one day inherit. And there was another personal touch to this part of the official visit to Italy - Gustaf Adolf was Duke of Skane, the title given to Victoria and Daniel's son, Oscar, on his birth in March.

The visit to the Institute was the first step on a busy day two with Victoria and Daniel being given a glimpse of some of the 60,000 volumes in the research library which was set up in 1925 by the the Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf as the base for Swedish archaeological activities in Italy. King Gustaf VI Adolf was a keen archaeologist with a keen interest in Ancient Rome as well as the man who helped bring up Victoria's father after his own dad was killed in a plane crash.

From there, Victoria and Daniel travelled to the headquarters of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation where, after a meeting, the Crown Princess gave a speech at a seminar on supporting women in rural economies to reduce poverty.

Then it was time to head north, to Milan, where the Crown Princess and Prince Daniel carried out engagements focused on education and on Swedish business interests in Italy including seeing how their country's fashion industry is expanding there.

The day with more business talk at a reception at the Swedish Italian Chamber of Commerce. The visit to Italy will come to an end on December 17th 2016.

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