The King and Queen receive Sweden's county governors

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Motiv: Sweden's county governors presented a commemorative book to The King and Queen. Photo:
On Thursday 9 January, The King and Queen held an audience with Sweden's county governors at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. A commemorative book about The King and Queen's county visits during The King's jubilee year, 2013, was presented to The King and Queen.
In connection with The King's 40th jubilee, The King and Queen visited all of Sweden's 21 counties during 2013. The programme of visits began in Kalmar County on 5 March, concluding on 11 September in Jämtland County.
Lars-Erik Lövdén, County Governor of Halland County, presented the commemorative book and said:
"Thank you for a successful journey through Sweden! What I remember most from The King and Queen's visit is their enthusiasm for the visit and the tremendous support. Many of us have happy memories from the county visits, and we have compiled them in this book. The book reflects the local food and the programme, in words and pictures."
The King then thanked all the county governors for their commitment, which had made the county visits so memorable.
"We have experienced so much and met so many residents of Sweden's counties during these visits. Seeing what a rich country we live in — a country that we must defend and develop — has been a fantastic experience. We have seen Sweden's incredible drive and fighting spirit, not least in her entrepreneurship. What breadth! You have succeeded in identifying what makes each county unique. We have seen the difficulties you face, as well as the solutions to these problems. It has been so inspiring! A big thank you to all of you and your colleagues who have made our visits such a success."

Images from the county visits

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Motiv: Kalmar County, Tuesday 5 March. Six-year-old Wille Björk from Kalmar shakes hands with The King outside Kalmar Cathedral. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/Scanpix
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The following took part in the presentation of the commemorative book:
County Governor Lars-Erik Lövdén, Halland County
County Governor Liselott Hagberg and her husband Göran Hagberg, Södermanland County
County Governor Kristina Alsér and her husband Jan Alsér, Kronoberg County
County Governor Rose-Marie Frebran and her husband Hans Gunnar Frebran, Örebro County
County Governor Lars Bäckström and his wife Ann-Christin Bäckström, Västra Götaland County
County Governor Barbro Holmberg, Gävleborg County
County Governor Bo Källstrand and his wife Eva Källstrand, Västernorrland County
County Governor Maria Norrfalk and her husband Björn Lothigius, Dalarna County
County Governor Elisabeth Nilsson and her husband Arne Andersson, Östergötland County
County Governor Cecilia Schelin Seidegård, Gotland County
County Governor Magdalena Andersson and her husband Göran Karlsson, Västerbotten County
County Governor Minoo Akhtarzand her husband Khosro Mirnezami, Jönköping County
County Governor Margareta Pålsson and her husband Lars Pålsson, Skåne County
County Governor Ingemar Skogö and his wife Ingrid Skogö, Västmanland County
County Governor Sven-Erik Österberg, Norrbotten County
County Governor Peter Egardt and his wife Lena Egardt, Uppsala County

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The King and Queen received Sweden's county governors. Click on the image to download a high-resolution version. Photo:

The King and Queen received Sweden's county governors. Click on the image to download a high-resolution version. Photo: