After lunch, The King and Queen joined in the celebrations in Wilmington. Mayor of Wilmington Dennis P. Williams welcomed the visitors, and the Wilmington Children's Chorus sang national anthems.
The day concluded with a reception and gala dinner at the Chase Center in Wilmington, which Princess Madeleine and Mr Christopher O'Neill also attended. During the reception, US Vice President Joe Biden gave a speech. The King also gave a speech at the dinner, in which he said:
"I think that all of those early immigrants shared the same values: hard work, strong faith and a belief in the opportunities of their new homeland. And also, they became a vital part of the United States of America. Today's relationship and partnership between Sweden and the United States is bound by these same values."
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New Sweden's 375th anniversary
The Kalmar Nyckel was a Dutch-built ship, built in around 1625 and in Swedish ownership from 1628. The Kalmar Nyckel and the Fågel Grip were the two vessels that conveyed the majority of the Swedish colonists to New Sweden from 1638 onwards. The ship then belonged to the Söderkompaniet trading company.
The colony of New Sweden was officially proclaimed in 1638 when the Swedish crown bought a piece of land from the Native American tribes at the Delaware River. The settlers named the place Christina after their queen.
Find out more about the New Sweden colony, the Kalmar Nyckel's arrival in Delaware and the first Swedish settlement in the USA here External link, opens in new window..