Prince Carl Philip visits Gotland County

Prince Carl Philip and County Governor Anders Flanking speak with care staff during their visit to Visby General Hospital.

Prince Carl Philip and County Governor Anders Flanking speak with care staff during their visit to Visby General Hospital. Photo: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

On Thursday 7 October, Prince Carl Philip visited Gotland County to highlight initiatives being carried out in connection with the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Prince's visit took place in Visby, and was hosted by County Governor Anders Flanking.

The Prince with County Governor Anders Flanking outside the official residence in Visby.

The Prince with County Governor Anders Flanking outside the official residence in Visby. Photo: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

Prince Carl Philip began his visit at the County Governor's official residence, where representatives from Gotland County Administrative Board spoke about how the county has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, the current situation and the way ahead.

Visby General Hospital

Prince Carl Philip then visited Visby General Hospital to meet staff, and was given a tour of the infection and A&E departments.

Prince Carl Philip with Director of Health Care Marie Loob during the tour of Visby General Hospital.

Prince Carl Philip with Director of Health Care Marie Loob during the tour of Visby General Hospital. Photo: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

During lunch, which was served at the Bror-San restaurant in central Visby, The Prince met the owner who spoke about how the pandemic has affected him and the restaurant industry on Gotland.

Representatives from Region Gotland, industry, tourism and the county administrative board also attended the lunch.

Robin Ingels, owner of the Bror-San restaurant, describes how his business and the restaurant industry on Gotland have been affected during the pandemic.

Robin Ingels, owner of the Bror-San restaurant, describes how his business and the restaurant industry on Gotland have been affected during the pandemic. Photo: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

Wisby Upper Secondary School

The afternoon began with a visit to Wisby Upper Secondary School. The Prince then spoke with staff and pupils at the school about what they have learnt during the pandemic. The Prince was also given a preview of a monument to the coronavirus pandemic, which has been created by pupils together with an artist.

During his visit to Wisby Upper Secondary School, The Prince saw category A tractors created by pupils at the school.

During his visit to Wisby Upper Secondary School, The Prince saw category A tractors created by pupils at the school. Photo: Karl Melander/TT

The visit concluded with The Prince meeting a number of pupils who presented their category A tractors outside the school.

Segerberg Media

The Prince then visited Segerberg Media together with representatives from Region Gotland to discuss how the pandemic has affected industry, the labour market and adult education.

During the pandemic, Segerberg Media has produced films, speeches, religious services and other productions for customers.

Prince Carl Philip arrives at Segerberg Media.

Prince Carl Philip arrives at Segerberg Media. Photo: Karl Melander/TT

Drotten Ruins

The Prince also had the opportunity to visit the city's mediaeval ruins, Drotten, for a short tour with representatives from Region Gotland.

The Prince and County Governor Anders Flanking at Drotten Ruins.

The Prince and County Governor Anders Flanking at Drotten Ruins. Photo: Karl Melander/TT

Cultural discussions at the official residence

Finally, The Prince returned to the County Governor's official residence to meet representatives from Mediaeval Week, Gotland County Theatre, Svensk Form Gotland and Region Gotland, who spoke about how the pandemic has affected cultural life.

For example, The Prince heard how Mediaeval Week was arranged entirely online last year, and as a combination of digital elements and events in Visby this year.

The Royal Family visit Sweden's counties

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.

The first four visits took place in autumn 2020, but subsequent visits were postponed until autumn 2021 due to the second wave of the pandemic.

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 following future visits to Sweden's counties have been planned:

October

  • Tuesday 12 October: Prince Carl Philip will visit Östergötland County
  • Thursday 14 October: The King and Queen will visit Jönköping County
  • Friday 15 October: The Crown Princess Couple will visit Kronoberg County
  • Thursday 28 October: The King and Queen will visit Halland County

November

  • Thursday 11 November: The Crown Princess Couple will visit Dalarna County
  • Friday 26 November: The Crown Princess Couple will visit Skåne County
  • Monday 29 November: The King and Queen will visit Jämtland County

Find out more about previous visits:

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.