State Visit to Poland: day three
The Queen speaks with Alice and Veronicka at Warsaw University Hospital's Child Oncology and Haematology Clinic. Photo: Leif R Jansson/Scanpix
On Friday 6 May, the third and final day of the State Visit to Poland began with a visit to the city of Wroclaw in Western Poland.
The King, Minister for Communications and Regional Policy Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd and representatives from Wroclaw visited Wroclaw Stadium, the construction of which is expected to be completed in summer 2011. The stadium, which will have a capacity of 43,000, is part of a major focus on construction and infrastructure in the region. The King and the Minister for Communications and Regional Policy then attended a seminar arranged by the Swedish Trade Council on road safety. The Swedish Vision Zero Initiative concept formed the basis of the conference. The Queen visited the Child Oncology and Haematology Clinic at Warsaw University Hospital. This is Poland's biggest clinic for bone marrow transplants, with 56 beds. Over lunch, The King and Queen met local and regional representatives and the Mayor of Wroclaw, Rafal Dutkiewicz, who hosted the lunch in the Old Town Hall. The afternoon began with a visit to Volvo Polska, where The King and Queen had the opportunity to see hybrid buses being manufactured. They also met Polish and Swedish businesspeople working in Wroclaw.
The King and Queen and the Polish Children's Ombudsman then visited the Dom Serca ("House of the Heart") recreation centre in the city of Swidnica. Dom Serca is a youth centre that offers leisure activities for vulnerable children and young people. A hundred children attend the centre, which is part of the European Centre for Children's Friendship — a Polish programme that provides therapy and activities for vulnerable children.
The State Visit concluded with The King and Queen attending a performance of "Christina's Journey" at the Peace Church in Swidnica. Swedish soprano Susanne Rydén and the ensemble performed "Christina's Journey", which recounts Queen Christina's life story and reflects the musical and intellectual tone of the time.
The Peace Church in Swidnica was completed in 1657, and has room for up to 7,500 people. This is Europe's biggest wooden church, and is on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.