On Tuesday 7 to Wednesday 9 September, President of the Federal Republic of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier carried out a state visit to Sweden at the invitation of His Majesty The King. The President was accompanied by his wife, Mrs Elke Büdenbender.
The second day of the state visit from the Federal Republic of Germany began at Drottningholm External link, opens in new window.. The palace is The King and Queen's permanent home, and is Sweden's best preserved 17th century palace. Drottningholm is also inscribed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites External link, opens in new window..
The King and Queen showed the Presidential couple parts of the palace and Drottningholm Palace Theatre External link, opens in new window..
The theatre was built in 1766, and is now the world's only 18th century theatre to still use the original stage machinery.
In keeping with tradition, the City of Stockholm hosted lunch at Stockholm City Hall. There, the Royal Family and the Presidential couple were welcomed by Chair of the Municipal Council Cecilia Brinck and Finance Commissioner Anna König Jerlmyr. Lunch was served in the Golden Hall.
Earlier in the day, the President and The King visited Scania in Södertälje, accompanied by Minister Tomas Eneroth.
Scania is a world-leading supplier of transport solutions, and has more than 50,000 employees in around 100 countries. Since 2014, Scania AB has been owned by Germany's Volkswagen Group. During the visit, the guests learnt about the company's work with sustainable transport, electrification and artificial intelligence.
The King and the President then visited Karolinska University Hospital, together with State Secretary Maja Fjaestad. There, they learnt about the hospital's research and innovation work within e-health, and the impact of the pandemic on the area.
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During a visit to ArkDes, Sweden's national centre for architecture and design, the guests learnt about Swedish architecture and sustainability, with a focus on construction using wood. There was also a digital visit to Sara Cultural Centre in Skellefteå, one of the world's tallest wooden buildings, which opened that day.
During the morning, The Queen, Mrs Büdenbender and State Secretary Maja Fjaestad visited Silviahemmet on Ekerö. The Silviahemmet Foundation was established by The Queen in 1996, and works to improve knowledge about dementia with the aim that those living with dementia and their relatives should enjoy the best possible quality of life.
The Queen and Mrs Büdenbender then visited the German School on Östermalm in Stockholm. The school was founded more than 400 years ago, and is the second oldest German school outside Germany.
The school provides education from preschool up to upper secondary level. During their visit, the guests were met by students and staff who spoke about how they have carried out their studies during the pandemic, for example using digital tools.
In the afternoon, The Queen and Mrs Büdenbender travelled to the Goethe-Institut to listen to a panel discussion, arranged by the Swedish Institute, on linguistic exchanges between Sweden and Germany, and how language studies can be encouraged. The Queen and Mrs Büdenbender both gave addresses.
Read The Queen's speech here (in German).
In the evening, the Presidential couple held a reception for The King and Queen at the Royal College of Music.