Sweden in India Day 1


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.

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.

Wreath-laying ceremony

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

In the Hyderabad House, King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to talk about bilateral relations between Sweden and India.

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After the meeting, Modi invited the King and the Swedish delegation to lunch in the Banquet Hall.

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”.

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

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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