The King and Queen visit the USA, day 3
The King and Queen with Mayor Michael A. Nutter at Philadelphia City Hall. Photo: Stella Pictures
On Friday 10 May, The King and Queen continued their visit to the USA. The day began in Washington, and continued during the afternoon in Philadelphia.
The King and Queen were received by US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial. Photo: Erin A. Kirk-Cumo/Scanpix
At the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial. Photo: Erin A. Kirk-Cumo/Scanpix
The morning in Washington began with a visit to the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, where The King and Queen were received by US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. The Pentagon Memorial commemorates those killed at the Pentagon and on American Airlines Flight 77 during the attacks of 11 September 2001. The King and Queen then travelled to Philadelphia. The city is situated where Swedish, Dutch and British colonisers arrived in the 17th century. The first Swedish expedition to North America arrived in 1638. A Swedish trading centre and settlement were established on the west bank of the river. The colony of New Sweden includes modern-day Philadelphia.
The King and Queen at the Liberty Bell, outside Independence Hall. Photo: Matt Rourke/Scanpix
The King and Queen were given a guided tour of the city by Mayor of Philadelphia Michael A. Nutter. They also visited Philadelphia City Hall and Independence Hall.
The King and Queen are welcomed to the American Swedish Historical Museum. Photo: Stella Pictures
The King and Queen at the American Swedish Historical Museum. Photo: Stella Pictures
The King and Queen also visited the American Swedish Historical Museum. The museum was founded at the initiative of Småland-born Amandus Johnson in 1926, and has Sweden as its theme. At the museum, The King and Queen saw the Dressing Swedish exhibition, which shows how cultural heritage is created and recreated through costumes and dressing. The exhibition has been produced by the Multicultural Centre in Botkyrka.
The day concluded with a visit to the Barnes Foundation, which is based on the art collection of the chemist Albert Barnes. The collection includes French impressionists and African sculptures. The Barnes Foundation opened on 19 May 2012 in new premises.
The King and Queen made their visit in connection with the 375th anniversary of the Kalmar Nyckel's arrival in Delaware and the first Swedish settlement in the USA.