Motiv: French Minister of Culture Frédéric Mitterrand welcomes The Queen to Compiègne. Photo: Christophe Guibbaud/Stella Pictures
On Thursday 22 September, The King and Queen visited Paris and the city's Swedish Club, which is celebrating 75 years in its current home on Place de la Concorde, together with the opening of the exhibition "Staging Power: Destins souverains".
The Swedish Club, Le Cercle Suédois, was founded 1891 and is the oldest club for expatriate Swedes in the world. Alfred Nobel was one of the club's first members. The club also boasts an impressive art collection which The King and Queen had the opportunity to see, including works by the Paris-based artist Nils Forsberg, Isaac Grünewald and many young Swedish artists currently working in Paris. After their visit to the Swedish Club, The King and Queen attended the opening of the exhibition "Staging Power: Destins souverains". The exhibition had previously been staged at Sweden's Nationalmuseum, and is now on loan to the Château de Compiègne, a royal palace in Oise near Paris, which traces its roots back to the 14th century. The day concluded with a dinner at Compiègne, hosted by French Minister of Culture Frédéric Mitterrand.