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State visit to Croatia begins

The King and Queen are received by Prime Minister Zoran Milanović at Banski Dvori in Zagreb for discussions. They were joined for the meeting by Minister for the Environment Lena Ek and Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/Scanpix

On Tuesday 16 April, The King and Queen began their state visit to Croatia. They were accompanied by Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt, Minister for the Environment Lena Ek and a large business delegation. This summer, Croatia will join the EU.
The King and Queen were welcomed to Croatia by Vito Turšić, Head of the Personal Office of the President, Mirjana Mladineo, Foreign Policy Adviser to the President, and Fredrik Vahlquist, Sweden's ambassador in Croatia.
 
At the Presidential Palace in Pantovčak, Zagreb, The King and Queen were welcomed by President Ivo Josipović and his wife, Professor Tatjana Josipović.
 
The King, President Josipović and delegations from both countries then held a bilateral meeting.
Queen Silvia visits the Croatian State Archives in Zagreb with Professor Tatjana Josipović. To the left is Vlatka Lemić, Head of the Croatian State Archives. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/Scanpix

Queen Silvia visits the Croatian State Archives in Zagreb with Professor Tatjana Josipović. To the left is Vlatka Lemić, Head of the Croatian State Archives. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/Scanpix

The Queen and Professor Tatjana Josipović visited the Croatian State Archives, where they were welcomed by Ms Vlatka Lemić, Head of the Croatian State Archives, who gave them a tour of the library and the conservation and restoration laboratory. The Croatian State Archives are located in central Zagreb. The building, which has been named the most beautiful Art Nouveau building in the region, is celebrating its centenary this year.
 
After the meeting at the Presidential Palace, Speaker Josip Leko welcomed The King to the State Residence, where a working lunch was held. The State Residence is a former private palace, which the President uses for foreign visitors.
 
The King and Queen began the afternoon with a meeting with Prime Minister Zoran Milanović and his wife Sanja Musić Milanović at the Prime Minister's office, Banski Dvori.

The King and Queen with Sweden's ambassador Fredrik Vahlquist outside the Meštrović Museum. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/Scanpix

The King and Queen with Sweden's ambassador Fredrik Vahlquist outside the Meštrović Museum. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/Scanpix

The King and Queen then walked to the Meštrović Museum for the opening of the Meštrović — Milles exhibition. Ivan Meštrović (1883-1962) is Croatia's best-known sculptor, and was a contemporary of Sweden's Carl Milles. They both studied under Rodin and both worked in the USA, where they met on a number of occasions. They also shared stylistic similarities. The exhibition features objects and miniatures by Milles, together with originals by Meštrović.
 
After the opening ceremony and a tour of the exhibition, a reception was held at the Swedish Residence together with the Swedish colony. Fredrik Vahlquist, Sweden's ambassador in Croatia, gave a speech.
 
The day concluded with dinner at the Presidential Palace in Pantovčak, hosted by President Josipović. The King gave a speech, in which he said:
 
"Today, conditions are ideal for actively continuing to build links and friendship between our two countries.
 
"During our state visit, the Swedish delegation will discuss environmental engineering and environmental research. Efficient use of energy within the vital transport and infrastructure sector is of great importance. I therefore hope that those involved will take the opportunity to discuss both common problems and technical solutions for the greatest challenge of our time: the issue of the climate."