State visit from Canada – day 1

From Monday 20 to Thursday 23 February, Canada's Governor General David Johnston is visiting Sweden at the invitation of The King. There will be a focus on global issues, migration, innovation, sustainability and commerce, as well as promoting potential business opportunities in both directions.

The King and Queen welcomed Governor General David Johnston and Sharon Johnston at the Royal Stables. The King and Queen and the Governor General couple then travelled by cortège, accompanied by escort troops and standard bearers from the Royal Life Guards, to the Royal Palace of Stockholm.

On arrival in the Inner Courtyard. Photo:

The welcoming ceremony was held in the Inner Courtyard. After the national anthems had been played, The King and the Governor General inspected the Guard of Honour.

Princess Sofia, Prince Carl Philip, The Queen, Governor General David Johnston, Sharon Johnston, The King, Princess Madeleine and Christopher O'Neill in the Grand Guest Apartment at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Photo:

Gifts were exchanged in the Grand Guest Apartment. Prince Carl Philip, Princess Sofia, Princess Madeleine and Christopher O'Neill also attended.

The King and Queen then hosted lunch for the Governor General couple at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.

In the afternoon, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven received the Governor General at Rosenbad for discussions.

The Queen and Sharon Johnston are welcomed by Fryshuset's Johan Oljeqvist and Anja Frey. Photo:

The Queen and Sharon Johnston visited Fryshusetexternal link, opens in new window, where they were welcomed by CEO Johan Oljeqvist and Anja Frey, Manager of Fryshuset in Stockholm. During the visit, representatives from Fryshuset spoke about experiences and methods in connection with preventive social work with young people in vulnerable situations and how to ensure young people's involvement in society.

At Fryshuset. The Queen, Sharon Johnston and members of the Canadian delegation – Daniel Alfredsson from Ottawa Senators Hockey Club and Maatalii Okalik, President of the National Inuit Youth Council – with young basketball players. Photo:

The day concluded with The King and Queen's gala dinner for the Governor General couple. The guests were welcomed to the Vita Havet Assembly Rooms. The dinner was then held in Karl XI's Gallery.

The King gave a speech, in which he explained that Canada and Sweden have much in common: They are both Arctic nations and mostly sparsely populated, and both have a profound respect for nature. Both countries realise that co-operation between people, and between countries, is important in order to find solutions to modern day challenges. Both countries are strong advocates for human rights and open societies, and acknowledge that diversity is a strength and an asset.

Read the speech in full hereopens in new window.

The guests are welcomed to the Vita Havet Assembly Rooms. Photo:

The King accompanied Sharon Johnston to the table. Kirsty Duncan, Canada's Minister of Science, was seated to his left.

The Queen was accompanied to the table by Governor General David Johnston. Larry Bagnell, Member of Parliament for Yukon from the Liberal Party of Canada, was seated to her right.

Prince Carl Philip accompanied Joy Nott, President of the Canadian Importers and Exporters Association (I.E.Canada), to the table. Sharon Johnston was seated to his left.

Princess Sofia was accompanied to the table by Larry Bagnell, Member of Parliament for Yukon from the Liberal Party of Canada. Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary, was seated to her right.

Princess Madeleine was accompanied to the table by Thomas Mulcair, Leader of the New Democratic Party (NDP). Governor General David Johnston was seated to her right.

Christopher O'Neill accompanied Kirsty Duncan, Canada's Minister of Science, to the table. Heather Grant, Canada's ambassador to Sweden, was seated to his left.

The flowers adorning the table in Karl XI's Gallery were hydrangeas, viburnum, alstroemeria and lisianthus. The glassware by Kosta, designed by Sigurd Persson, was a wedding present to The King and Queen in 1976 from the Swedish Government and the Riksdag. The linen, from Klässbols Väveri, was a gift from the Riksdag and the Swedish Government to The King to commemorate his 20th jubilee. The pattern was designed by Karin Björquist and consists of a broad wave pattern on the border and large scattered stars reflected around The King and Queen's face-to-face monogram. The stars symbolise the North Star, an ancient symbol for the Swedish monarch. The master weaver was Hans Thomsson. Photo:


Fried scallop from Frøya
with Périgord truffle, chervil and cauliflower crème


Lightly fried Atlantic cod with parsnip,
Ossetra caviar, chive oil and oyster beurre blanc


Roasted hung fillet of beef with smoked ox marrow,
a symphony of onion and long pepper gravy


Mousse of toasted milk chocolate with pomegranate sorbet,
salted chocolate cream and iced hibiscus tea

David Johnston is Canada's 28th Governor General. Queen Elizabeth II is Queen of Canada, and is represented in the country by the Governor General.

The four-day visit will take in the cities of Stockholm, Malmö, Lund and Gothenburg.

The Swedish Government will be represented by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, Minister for EU Affairs and Trade Ann Linde, and Minister for Higher Education and Research Helene Hellmark Knutsson.

See the programme for the state visit hereopens in new window.