The Crown Princess Couple with Minister for Trade Ewa Björling, Principal of Hackney Community College Ian Ashman, apprentice Douglas Kofi and former apprentice Hafsana Akthar. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT
On Thursday 7 November, The Crown Princess Couple and Minister for Trade Ewa Björling began a visit to London.
The visit began at Hackney Community College, where The Crown Princess Couple and the Minister for Trade learnt about the school's apprenticeship project. The aim of the project is to put pupils in a stronger position for entering the job market. During the visit, two pupils spoke about their experiences and visions. The visit to Hackney Community College concluded with a visit to Open Kitchen. Open Kitchen is a school restaurant where the pupils plan, prepare and serve all the food. Hackney is one of the poorest boroughs in the UK, but is also home to many of the nation's most creative companies. After Hackney Community College, The Crown Princess Couple and the Minister for Trade visited Tech City. Joanna Shields, CEO of Tech City Investment Organisation, spoke about how the UK and Europe can profile themselves within technology, and the challenges they face. The Crown Princess Couple and the Minister for Trade also visited Google's Campus London and Level39. Level39 at Canary Wharf helps tech companies to find investors. After lunch, The Crown Princess Couple and the Minister for Trade met Mayor of London Boris Johnson. The afternoon concluded with a private meeting between The Crown Princess Couple and Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. During the evening the Swedish Embassy and the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK organised an Industrial Forum event at the Swedish Ambassador's residence. Industrial Forum is a series of talks which aims to link together the leaders of large-scale industry. The evening concluded with a dinner at the Swedish Ambassador's residence.