The official calendar of the Swedish royal family is already full and, among other things, Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel are starting an exciting trip in a few days: they are going to sunny California.
Princess Victoria, 46, and Prince Daniel, 50, will have to pack their bags soon. The heir to the Swedish throne flies across the pond. America is the destination – but the journey won't be a walk in the park. The four-day visit to San Francisco will begin on February 19, 2024 and last until February 22. At this point, neither of them have time to breathe, let alone enough space to combine their personal and professional lives. The truth is: the daughter and son-in-law of 77-year-old King Carl Gustaf will represent their country on behalf of the Swedish government, along with a business delegation. A coffee chat with Florida-based Princess Madeleine, 41, and her loved ones was not on the agenda.
Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel completed marathon meetings
In return, they will not disappoint another beloved family member. The busy parents want to celebrate their eldest Princess Estelle's 12th birthday on February 23 by returning to Haga Castle to cut the cake for her crib party.
However, expect Mom and Dad to be sitting at the coffee table very tired. All your foreign travel is there. A full program awaits Victoria and Daniel in the United States, Johan Degel, deputy court spokesman, revealed to “Svensk Damdining”: “This is an official visit, so the trip takes place at the request of the government,” he explains. “During this visit, the Crown Prince Couple will attend the opening ceremony of the newly established Consulate in San Francisco.”
Innovation, Green Transition and Technologies
The visit to California will be with a business delegation led by Johan Forsel, 44, Sweden's minister for international development cooperation and foreign trade, and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering. [Kungliga Ingenjörsvetenskapsakademien], held jointly with Business Sweden. The purpose of the visit is to strengthen ties with California in the areas of innovation, green transition and emerging technologies with a focus on artificial intelligence. [KI] Expand and expand. More than 100 Swedish companies are currently represented in the US state, the court announced on February 13, 2024.
The preliminary plan leaves some time for idleness: On the day of their arrival, Victoria and Daniel tour The Marine Mammal Center, a non-profit organization in Sausalito that works to protect the oceans through research, education and animal rehabilitation. Afterwards, get a special view of the famous Golden Gate Bridge from the Battery Spencer Overlook in San Francisco. He then visits the Scandinavian School and Cultural Centre, which offers Scandinavian language and cultural studies. The day ends with a trip to the Swedish community in San Francisco. There Royals like to meet guys who live and work in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Things continue to get serious the next day: First, the heir to the throne and her husband, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, 56, participate in a bilateral meeting at the Stanford Mansion in Sacramento. Top item on the agenda: Cooperation agreement signed between Sweden and California to promote green transition. The couple then pay a flying visit to the newly decorated office of the Consul General in San Francisco, where Victoria and Daniel meet the staff and get a tour of the premises. And they're both moving quickly to a company that develops technologies for autonomous vehicles. Members of Jose's royal family were taken back to San Francisco in one of these self-driving cars. Have a nice trip this time!
Together with business representatives and the minister, the couple will be welcomed at Open AI to learn about the latest developments in the field of artificial intelligence. We go to Mayor London Breed, 49, in the port city's town hall. Before preparing for the inauguration of Sweden's new embassy in San Francisco, it might be a chance to take a quick breather while sitting down in the Golden Book and making an entry.
The heir to the throne and Minister Forcell are spending Day 3 in Palo Alto, where they will visit Nvidia, Intel and Google for presentations and discussions on the development of artificial intelligence. The three then visit the prestigious Stanford University to learn more about the ethical aspect of AI.
Victoria says goodbye with a text
On the final day of the US visit, Victoria and Daniel, the Minister and the delegation will attend a breakfast seminar in Palo Alto to discuss increasing cooperation between Sweden and California. Victoria is making another big appearance: she will be speaking at the Green Transition Summit, a conference on deepening cooperation in the context of green transition. If all goes according to plan, the future Swedish queen and her husband will have achieved a great achievement at this point and will be able to return home exhausted, but certainly with a lot of inspiration. They may keep a souvenir or two for Estelle and Prince Oscar, 7, in their luggage. Of course, I quickly bought it at the airport shop. Considering the amount of work done, there would hardly have been time for a little stroll.
San Francisco at heart
Great opportunities for the King's grandchildren who could not accompany their parents this time due to school commitments. This would have been a first for Oscar. His sister was already happy once when she was three years old. During that time, he explored the city with his parents at the San Francisco Zoo and taking leisurely walks in the sun. Victoria and Daniel moved to the Northern California metropolis in 2005, just a few years after their relationship began. At the time, “Aftonbladet” reported that the two went to a cinema during their little romantic vacation. The US trip will be the couple's first foreign trip in 2024. Last year they traveled to Australia, Great Britain, Germany, Finland and New Zealand.
Sources used: kungahuset.se, svenskdam.se, aftonbladet.se
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