The King and Queen and The Crown Princess Couple visit Pau

On Monday 8 October, The King, The Queen, The Crown Princess and Prince Daniel visited Pau in the south of France. It was in this city that Jean Baptiste Bernadotte – who 200 years later became king of Sweden and Norway under the name King Karl XIV Johan – was born.

During the visit to Pau, The King reopened the newly renovated Musée Bernadotte, which is housed in the building where Jean Baptiste Bernadotte was born in 1763. In his opening speech, The King expressed his hope that the Musée Bernadotte will be a meeting place for Swedish and French culture.

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To mark the reopening of the museum, The King presented a gift in the form of a facsimile of King Karl XIV Johan's adoption certificate. Museum Director Aurore Méchain then gave a guided tour of the museum.

The King reopened the Musée Bernadotte. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

Mayor of Pau François Bayrou also attended, and welcomed The King and Queen and The Crown Princess Couple. At the city hall, there was an opportunity to meet the city's elected politicians and other invited guests.

In his speech at the city hall, The King mentioned how France and Sweden are linked together by history, by the present and by the future.

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The Musée Bernadotte on the Rue Bernadotte in Pau is the birthplace of King Karl XIV Johan. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

In the afternoon, there was a visit to the Château de Pau, where King Henri IV of France was born in 1553. The château is a popular tourist destination, attracting more than 100,000 visitors each year. The King and Queen and The Crown Princess Couple saw King Henri IV's cradle.

The King and Queen and The Crown Princess Couple outside the Château de Pau, where lunch was hosted by the mayor. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

At the end of the day, The King, The Queen, The Crown Princess and Prince Daniel visited Parc Beaumont, a park that King Oskar II had also visited in 1899. When King Oskar II visited the park, he planted a magnolia. On this visit, The King cut a symbolic turf for an oak that was planted in the same place where the magnolia had once grown. On behalf of the city of Pau, the mayor presented a cutting from King Oskar II's magnolia to The Crown Princess to be planted at Haga Palace.

The King plants an oak on the site where King Oskar II's magnolia once stood. On behalf of the city of Pau, the mayor then presented a cutting from King Oskar II's magnolia to The Crown Princess to be planted in Sweden. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

In her speech, The Crown Princess said that she was looking forward to bringing the cutting home to Princess Estelle, and to planting it in the garden of their home, Haga Palace.

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