The Queen and the Duchess of Cornwall during their visit to the Pumpan preschool. Photo: royalcourt.se
On the afternoon of Friday 23 March, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall continued their visit to Sweden.
The afternoon began with The Queen and the Duchess of Cornwall visiting Pumpan preschool in Solna. Birgitta Callenblad, Director of Preschools for Solna Municipality, welcomed the visitors together with Pumpan's head teacher Annica Carlsson. During the afternoon, The King and the Prince of Wales visited the St Eriks residential area on Kungsholmen in Stockholm. Finance Commissioner Sten Nordin and former City Architect Aleksander Wolodarski welcomed the visitors to the area. During a guided tour, The King and the Prince of Wales were shown the changing architecture of the buildings constructed in the area between 1995 and 1998. The royal party also had the opportunity to visit the residents of two apartments and to see St Erik's Chapel. The Prince of Wales then attended a round-table discussion on bioenergy. In the evening, The King and Queen received the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Drottningholm Theatre. Theatre Manager Sofi Lerström gave a behind-the-scenes tour, and talked about the history of the theatre. The evening concluded with a dinner at Drottningholm Palace.
About Pumpan preschool
Pumpan preschool, which was founded in 1984, was the first preschool in Sweden to include activities for children with various physical disabilities. Today, Pumpan works according to the principle that all children should be included in a community, on equal terms. Community, interaction, communication, play and learning are key words at Pumpan.
About Drottningholm Palace Theatre
Drottningholm Palace Theatre, near Stockholm, is a unique 18th century theatre, and is the best preserved example in the world. It features advanced machinery allowing the scenery to be changed with open curtains. The original scenery has now been copied and preserved. The theatre also has trapdoors, moving waves, lighting, and wind and thunder machines which help to create the atmosphere for performances. Its stage is among the deepest in Sweden, at a full 20 metres, although it is very narrow for its depth by modern standards. Each summer, a number of operatic and musical performances are held, and these always draw a large audience. The repertoire includes 17th and 18th century operas and ballets. Find out more about Drottningholm Palace Theatre.