On Monday 12 October, The King and Queen visited organisations in Stockholm County to highlight initiatives being carried out in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.
"In connection with the COVID-19 pandemic, we as a family will be visiting Sweden's 21 counties to highlight the excellent work being carried out within different sectors of society.
"Yesterday we visited organisations in Stockholm County, where the pandemic has had a significant impact on areas including healthcare, culture and industry.
"Yesterday's meetings reminded us once again of the seriousness of the current situation. We were also impressed by the professionalism and the fighting spirit of all those companies, organisations and individuals working in various ways to overcome the challenges that Stockholm County faces as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic."
The visit to the county was hosted by County Governor Sven-Erik Österberg and Mrs Ann-Marie Österberg.
The King and Queen began the day with a visit to Karolinska Institutet (KI) in Solna. At KI, the visitors were given a presentation of the research being carried out into Coronavirus in order to devise a vaccine and to develop treatment methods. The King and Queen were also informed about how loneliness and social distancing are affecting public health.
At Karolinska University Hospital, The King and Queen visited the Region Stockholm Command Centre. The centre was established in March to coordinate the purchase and distribution of personal protective equipment for emergency hospitals, primary care and municipalities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the hospital, The King and Queen had the opportunity to speak with healthcare workers who have cared for patients with COVID-19.
Later that morning, The King and Queen visited the Swedish Defence University where they were informed about the expert support being provided by the university to the Government Offices of Sweden in connection with the pandemic. They were also given a presentation of the work involved in drawing up strategies to prevent 'creeping crises' such as pandemics.
At Hasselbacken, The King and Queen were informed about how the City of Stockholm has brought together work in connection with the pandemic, with a particular focus on schools and care for the elderly. This was followed by a presentation about how industry within the county has been affected during the pandemic. The effects of the pandemic on travel and tourism were also discussed.
The King and Queen concluded the day by visiting Skansen. There, they learn how the open air museum and the nearby Vasa Museum have been affected by the pandemic.
In connection with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, members of the Royal Family will be visiting Sweden's 21 counties at the initiative of HM The King.
Through these visits, The King hopes to show the Royal Family's solidarity with those who have been affected and to highlight local initiatives within different sectors of society.
The first nine visits will be carried out during autumn 2020.
All visits will be adapted in view of the ongoing pandemic, and will be carried out in accordance with the Public Health Agency of Sweden's recommendations.