King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden are paying a state visit to India on 2-6 December 2019 at the invitation of President Ram Nath Kovind.
The purpose of the visit is to strengthen the good relations between the countries and the focus is on trade, innovation, climate and democracy, among other things.
Queen Silvia of Sweden wore Blue Lace Gown with matching Headpiece and Pearl accessories.
King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia Arrived in New Delhi
Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia travelled from Stockholm to New Delhi via Air India AI 168 .
The royal couple arrived in New Delhi, India, on Monday, December 2, as their flight, scheduled for arrival in yesterday evening, had to be rescheduled for some technical reasons.
#FlyAI : Very Proud moment of Air India when we had a Special Guest onboard. His Majesty Carl Gustaf Folke Hubertus , King of Sweden and Her Majesty Silvia Renate Sommerlath travelled AI168 Stockholm to Delhi. Ms. Sangeeta Sanyal Country Manager Sweden greeted the Royal guests. pic.twitter.com/LXrLeEoDqd— Air India (@airindiain) December 2, 2019
??-??|Adding greater vigor to India-Sweden relations— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) December 2, 2019
HM King Carl XVI Gustaf & HM Queen Silvia arrived on a State visit to India. Adding greater momentum to exchanges at the highest-level, this visit marks the 4th such occasion b/w India-Sweden since 2015#IndiaSwedenSambandh pic.twitter.com/3uWj668aeu
Swedish royals King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia arrive in New Delhi on 5 day India visit pic.twitter.com/cpRAzkRyF6— Doordarshan News (@DDNewsLive) December 2, 2019
Official Welcome Ceremony
The State Visit Welcome Ceremony took place at the President Ram Nath Kovind’s official residence, Rashtrapati Bhavan.
King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia were welcomed by President Ram Nath Kovind and his wife Savita Kovind. The King then inspected the guard of honor.
President Kovind accorded a ceremonial welcome to King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden at Rashtrapati Bhavan ?? ?? pic.twitter.com/s1RFYyA6wh— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) December 2, 2019
??-??|A stately welcome for our honored guests.— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) December 2, 2019
#PresidentKovind & the First Lady greeted Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf & HM Queen Silvia during the warm @rashtrapatibhvn ceremonial welcome. pic.twitter.com/omOQyFnY1k
A welcome befitting royalty ????— Indian Diplomacy (@IndianDiplomacy) 2 de diciembre de 2019
Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia receive ceremonial welcome at @rashtrapatibhvn during their State Visit.
The Royal couple is also scheduled to visit Mumbai and Uttarakhand. pic.twitter.com/wNweKKPsvT
At Raj Ghat – a memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi – The King placed a memorial wreath.
The wreath was placed on a black marble slab that stands on the spot where Gandhi was cremated on January 31, 1948, the day after he was murdered.
Their Majesties walked around the monument, offered flower petals and signed the guestbook.
Meeting with the Prime Minister
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In the Hyderabad House, King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to talk about bilateral relations between Sweden and India.
Delighted to meet Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 2, 2019
We had extensive discussions on boosting cooperation between India and Sweden. Closer economic and cultural ties between our nations will greatly benefit our citizens. pic.twitter.com/Idi0H3BUC2
After the meeting, Modi invited the King and the Swedish delegation to lunch in the Banquet Hall.
??-??|Broadening the spectrum of bilateral cooperation— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) December 2, 2019
PM @narendramodi held useful discussions with HM King Carl XVI Gustaf & HM Queen Silvia.The leaders affirmed the common desire of building greater convergences on bilateral, regional & global matters of mutual interest pic.twitter.com/vX72jNzsvb
Dialogue on Innovation
After lunch, The King and The Queen, the Prime Minister of India and the Minister for Business, Industry and Innovation of Sweden, Ibrahim Baylan participated in a dialogue on innovation “Joint Declaration on Sweden-India Innovation Partnership for a Sustainable Future”.
Delighted to co-chair the India-Sweden High-Level Dialogue on Innovation Policy in the presence of Their Majesties and @narendramodi. This dialogue will inject energy and a new dynamic in Indo-Swedish ties. #swedenindiasambandh #swedenindiainnovationpartnership pic.twitter.com/3qjqfZT66m— Ibrahim Baylan (@IbrahimBaylan_) 2 de diciembre de 2019
The dialogue is based on the innovation partnership that Sweden and India signed when India’s Prime Minister visited Stockholm in the spring of 2018. The purpose of the dialogue is to deepen cooperation between Sweden and India and contribute to sustainable growth and new jobs.
In a speech, the King highlighted the benefits of closer collaboration:
“Right now, both Sweden and India are investing in research and innovation ecosystems. It is gratifying to see such a strong focus on the future. We need to make the most of the opportunities ahead. There is much to be gained from doing this together, and in India we see not only a friend but also a strong innovation partner.”King Carl Gustaf of Sweden
Invigorating the India-Sweden friendship with closer cooperation in innovation and technology.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 2, 2019
His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf and I chaired the India-Sweden High-Level Policy Dialogue on Innovation Policy. pic.twitter.com/B2lvpG2U1P
??-??| Chalking out the blueprint for linking innovation with aspirations— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) December 2, 2019
PM @narendramodi and HM King Carl XVI Gustaf chaired INDIA-Sweden High-Level Policy Dialogue on Innovation Policy(1/2). pic.twitter.com/2yAsKVXQtU
As part of the ‘Joint Declaration on Sweden-India Innovation Partnership for a Sustainable Future’ both countries have committed to optimising formal bilateral collaboration mechanisms, increasing synergies between policy areas & enabling exchange of #innovation best practices! pic.twitter.com/9b9dUVPOw7— Invest India (@investindia) 2 de diciembre de 2019
Old Town of Delhi
In the afternoon, The King and The Queen visited The Masjid e Jahan Numa commonly known as the Jama Masjid of Delhi, is one of the largest mosques in India and the Red Fort in the Old Delhi district.Embed from Getty Images
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Delhi: Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf Folke Hubertus and Queen Silvia Renate Sommerlath, visit the Jama Masjid. pic.twitter.com/9jrjhSMwkA— Tehzeeb TV India (@TehzeebTvIndia) December 2, 2019
The Red Fort was Emperor Shah Jahan’s palace and got its name from the massive red sandstone wall that surrounds the fort. When India became independent in 1947, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru raised the Indian national flag on the fort. This ceremony is repeated every year on August 15 on India’s Independence Day. Since 2007, the Red Fort has been part of UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
In connection with the Red Fort, the King and Queen visited an exhibition on Indian art from the 16th century until India’s independence. The exhibition opened in early 2019 and is the first major art exhibition to be displayed on the historic site.
The King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden visited the Gandhi Smriti along with the Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge), Shri @prahladspatel in New Delhi today. pic.twitter.com/mvWCkfO8wy— Ministry of Culture (@MinOfCultureGoI) December 2, 2019
Their Majesties also visited the Gandhi Smriti Museum which shows exhibits about Mahatma Gandhi. The museum is located in Birla House where Mahatma Gandhi spent the last 144 days of his life. It was also where he was shot to death in 1948.
आज गाँधी स्मृति समिति दिल्ली में स्वीडन के H.E King Carl XVI एंव Queen Selvia की अगवानी कर गाँधी स्मृति में पुष्पांजली अर्पित की @PMOIndia @MinOfCultureGoI @tourismgoi @incredibleindia @BJP4India @BJP4MP pic.twitter.com/6EKxrskhuh— Prahlad Singh Patel (@prahladspatel) 2 de diciembre de 2019
Gala Banquet at Rashtrapati Bhavan
Their Majesties were hosted for a State Banquet at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Prior to the banquet, Their Majesties met with President Ram Nath Kovind and First Lady Savita Kovind.
For the Gala Banquet, Her Majesty Queen Silvia opted for a Red Lace Gown.
President Kovind received King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden at Rashtrapati Bhavan and hosted a banquet in their honour.— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) December 2, 2019
The President said that India wants to engage with Sweden on circular economy, resource efficiency and climate-smart models. ?? ?? pic.twitter.com/7uzPcdnxK6
During the evening, Their Majesties attended a State Banquet at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Prior to the banquet, Their Majesties met with @presidentofindia and First Lady Savita Kovind for a bilateral. #swedenindiasambandh pic.twitter.com/Z0frOBOqZd— Sweden in India (@SwedeninIndia) December 2, 2019
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