The King and Queen receive Sweden's county governors
The King and Queen with the county governors and their spouses at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Photo: royalcourt.se
On Thursday 9 January, The King and Queen held an audience with Sweden's county governors at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. A commemorative book about The King and Queen's county visits during The King's jubilee year, 2013, was presented to The King and Queen.
In connection with The King's 40th jubilee, The King and Queen visited all of Sweden's 21 counties during 2013. The programme of visits began in Kalmar County on 5 March, concluding on 11 September in Jämtland County. Lars-Erik Lövdén, County Governor of Halland County, presented the commemorative book and said: "Thank you for a successful journey through Sweden! What I remember most from The King and Queen's visit is their enthusiasm for the visit and the tremendous support. Many of us have happy memories from the county visits, and we have compiled them in this book. The book reflects the local food and the programme, in words and pictures." The King then thanked all the county governors for their commitment, which had made the county visits so memorable. "We have experienced so much and met so many residents of Sweden's counties during these visits. Seeing what a rich country we live in — a country that we must defend and develop — has been a fantastic experience. We have seen Sweden's incredible drive and fighting spirit, not least in her entrepreneurship. What breadth! You have succeeded in identifying what makes each county unique. We have seen the difficulties you face, as well as the solutions to these problems. It has been so inspiring! A big thank you to all of you and your colleagues who have made our visits such a success."
Images from the county visits
Kalmar County, Tuesday 5 March. Six-year-old Wille Björk from Kalmar shakes hands with The King outside Kalmar Cathedral. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/Scanpix
See more pictures and films, and find out more about the county visits here. The following took part in the presentation of the commemorative book: County Governor Lars-Erik Lövdén, Halland County County Governor Liselott Hagberg and her husband Göran Hagberg, Södermanland County County Governor Kristina Alsér and her husband Jan Alsér, Kronoberg County County Governor Rose-Marie Frebran and her husband Hans Gunnar Frebran, Örebro County County Governor Lars Bäckström and his wife Ann-Christin Bäckström, Västra Götaland County County Governor Barbro Holmberg, Gävleborg County County Governor Bo Källstrand and his wife Eva Källstrand, Västernorrland County County Governor Maria Norrfalk and her husband Björn Lothigius, Dalarna County County Governor Elisabeth Nilsson and her husband Arne Andersson, Östergötland County County Governor Cecilia Schelin Seidegård, Gotland County County Governor Magdalena Andersson and her husband Göran Karlsson, Västerbotten County County Governor Minoo Akhtarzand her husband Khosro Mirnezami, Jönköping County County Governor Margareta Pålsson and her husband Lars Pålsson, Skåne County County Governor Ingemar Skogö and his wife Ingrid Skogö, Västmanland County County Governor Sven-Erik Österberg, Norrbotten County County Governor Peter Egardt and his wife Lena Egardt, Uppsala County
The King and Queen received Sweden's county governors. Click on the image to download a high-resolution version. Photo: royalcourt.se