State visit to Ireland – day 2

On 22-24 May, The King and Queen visited Ireland at the invitation of Ireland's President Michael D. Higgins. The state visit focused on digitalisation, sustainability, healthcare, culture and cooperation within the EU and the UN.

The three-day visit took place in Dublin, Athlone, Galway and Burren. The Swedish Government was represented by Minister Margot Wallström, Minister Anders Ygeman and State Secretary Maja Fjaestad.

The King and Queen with participants at the health seminar at the Westin Hotel.

The King and Queen with participants at the health seminar at the Westin Hotel. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

Seminar on health issues

The second day of the state visit began with The King and Queen attending a seminar on future challenges within healthcare. Ireland's Minister for Health Simon Harris and State Secretary Maja Fjaestad from Sweden's Ministry of Health and Social Affairs began by giving speeches.

Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

During the seminar, representatives from the Swedish and Irish governments and experts within healthcare, academia and industry had the opportunity to meet and discuss how to tackle future challenges within health.

Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

Literature seminar at the National Library of Ireland

At the National Library of Ireland, The King and Queen and the minister took part in a seminar on emigration and migration in literature.

The seminar's panel included Joseph O'Connor, a novelist and professor at the University of Limerick, Ola Larsmo, a Swedish novelist and board member of PEN International, Melatu Uche Okorie, a Nigerian-born writer living in Dublin, and Marjaneh Bakhtiari, an Iranian-born Swedish writer and journalist.

An exhibition by Swedish photographer Alexander Mahmoud was staged in connection with the seminar.

An exhibition by Swedish photographer Alexander Mahmoud was staged in connection with the seminar. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

In connection with the seminar, the photographic exhibition 'Portraits of Migration – Sweden beyond the headlines', produced by the Swedish Institute and featuring photographs by Alexander Mahmoud, was officially opened.

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The Queen speaks with Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström.

The Queen speaks with Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

Visit to EirGrid

The King and Queen and Minister Anders Ygeman visited EirGrid, a state company that develops and maintains Ireland's national electricity system. EirGrid is involved in ongoing and planned cooperation with Swedish businesses, including East-West Interconnector, a green energy project between Ireland and the UK.

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The King and Queen and Minister Anders Ygeman during their visit to the state electricity provider EirGrid.

The King and Queen and Minister Anders Ygeman during their visit to the state electricity provider EirGrid. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

Reception for Swedish ex-pats

During a reception at the Stephen's Green Hibernian Club, The King and Queen met Swedes living in Ireland. The reception was hosted by Sweden's ambassador to Ireland, Lars Wahlund.

Ambassador Lars Wahlund, The King and Queen and Minister Anders Ygeman greet the guests at the reception.

Ambassador Lars Wahlund, The King and Queen and Minister Anders Ygeman greet the guests at the reception. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

Meeting with Ireland's Prime Minister

The King and Minister Anders Ygeman visited Ireland's Taoiseach (Prime Minister), Leo Varadkar TD. The meeting included discussions on bilateral relations between Sweden and Ireland.

The meeting with Ireland's Prime Minister was held at the Government Buildings.

The meeting with Ireland's Prime Minister was held at the Government Buildings. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

The King writes in the Prime Minister's guest book.

The King writes in the Prime Minister's guest book. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

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Visit to the Science Gallery

During a visit to the Science Gallery, The Queen met young people, researchers, clinicians, organisations and educators. Together, they are involved in a project that aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of 15-25-year-olds.

The Queen during the visit to the Science Gallery.

The Queen during the visit to the Science Gallery. Photo: Mattias Hellström/SPA

The Science Gallery was opened in 2008, since when more than 40 unique exhibitions have been seen by almost three million visitors.

Photo: Mattias Hellström/SPA

Prehistoric gold bowl.

Prehistoric gold bowl.

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Visit to the National Museum of Ireland

The King and Queen visited the National Museum of Ireland where they were given a presentation of the exhibition Ór – Ireland's Gold.

The museum is home to one of Europe's most important prehistoric gold collections, dating from 2200 BC to 500 BC.

The King and Queen at the National Museum of Ireland's exhibition on prehistoric gold.

The King and Queen at the National Museum of Ireland's exhibition on prehistoric gold. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

The King and Queen at the National Museum of Ireland's exhibition on prehistoric gold.

Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

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The King and Queen's dinner

On the second evening of the state visit, The King and Queen hosted a reciprocal dinner in honour of Ireland's President Michael D. Higgins and Mrs Sabina Higgins.

The King and Queen and the Presidential couple welcome guests as they arrive at the reciprocal dinner.

The King and Queen and the Presidential couple welcome guests as they arrive at the reciprocal dinner. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

The staff of the Royal Household had laid the table of honour with the glass service given to The King on his 70th birthday by the Riksdag and the Government, together with gilded chargers and table silver from the silver chamber at the Royal Palace.

The table for the reciprocal dinner was laid with table silver from the silver chamber at the Royal Palace.

The table for the reciprocal dinner was laid with table silver from the silver chamber at the Royal Palace. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

The flower arrangements consisted of sweet peas, oxeye daisies, hydrangeas and lady's mantle.

The Queen with Ireland's President during the reciprocal dinner.

The Queen with Ireland's President during the reciprocal dinner. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden


Menu


Cocktail canapés

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Minced game terrine with pickled morels,
wild garlic crème from Drottningholm and flowers

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Lightly salted fillet of char with whey beurre blanc,
a ring of yellow beets with spring vegetables and Swedish new potatoes

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Trio of Swedish cheeses with cloudberry and crisp bread sticks

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Rhubarb tartlet with strawberry coulis,
strawberries and cardamom crémeux


Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

During the evening, The King gave a speech in which he said:

"Mr. President, in your kind letter of invitation, you underlined how important it is that we retain our shared European values and further strengthen the bonds between our countries. We fully share this view. And I am pleased that the very interesting and rewarding programme for this state visit clearly serves this purpose."

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Åsa Jinder and Maria Johansson played during dinner.

Åsa Jinder and Maria Johansson played during dinner. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

National folk musician, keyed fiddle player and composer Åsa Jinder provided musical entertainment, accompanied by Maria Johansson on the piano.

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