The King and Queen's state visit to Italy, day 2

Kungaparet vid stadshuset i Rom tillsammans med borgmästaren Gianni Alemanno. Foto: Alessandra Tarantino AP

The King and Queen at Rome City Hall, together with Mayor of Rome, Gianni Alemanno. Photo: Alessandra Tarantino AP

On Wednesday 25 March, The King and Queen began the day by laying a wreath at the Grave of the Unknown Soldier, which is high up on the Vittorio Emanuele monument in the heart of central Rome.

Afterwards, The King and Queen paid a visit to the Mayor of Rome, Gianni Alemanno, at the city hall on Campidoglio, the smallest of the seven hills of Rome.

Following the visit, The King and Queen went to the art museum, Galleria Borghese, accompanied by the Italian Minister for Culture, Sandro Bondi.

Lunch took place at Villa Madama, with Prime Minister Berlusconi. The villa was designed by artist and architect Raphael in the 1520s.

During the afternoon, The King gave the opening speech at a Swedish-Italian conference on innovation and research. The Queen visited the National Etruscan Museum, and later opened a Swedish children's cultural festival.

On Wednesday evening, The King and Queen will be giving the traditional reciprocal dinner at St. Regis Hotel.