STOCKHOLM, Sweden — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate, visited Vasaparken where they were welcomed by, Anders Gidru,member of the Swedish Bandy Federation, for a presentation of Bandy. The British royals are in Stockholm for a two-day visit – the last British royal visit to Sweden was in 2012 when Prince Charles and Camilla visited King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia.
“This event was big for the game and for the relationship between Sweden and England,” said 23 year-old Martin Deacon from the Eliteseries Hammarby IF who participated in giving the Duke and Duchess a demonstration of the game first played in 1813 in Cambridgeshire, England. “My dad is from England and I was a bit nervous at first to meet them (Prince William and Kate), but they were very kind, and humble – just like ordinary people.”
Their visit comes on the heels of Brexit, as Britain has decided to leave the European Union. Both Prince William and Kate each tried their hand at Bandy, actively attempting goals as teams mixed with Elite level and youth players took part in the presentation. Bandy is the world’s second most popular winter sport after ice hockey. It is also the number two winter sport in tickets sold per day of competitions at the sport’s world championship compared to the other winter sports.
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The British royal couple, moved on to the Royal Palace in Stockholm, where they had lunch with King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Prince Daniel and Crown Princess Victoria.
Following lunch, the Duke and Duchess, accompanied by Prince Daniel and Crown Princess Victoria greeted members of the public at the Stortorget square in the Old Town (Gamla Stan), before taking a tour of the Nobel Museum to learn about the Nobel Prize and its history. Smartphones snapped away as the public were quite excited to capture the moments. Including a glimpse of Kate showing off her pregnancy in a green dress at the Nobel Museum.
Stortorget square, known as the site of the November 1520 Stockholm Bloodbath, which saw around 80- 90 people executed despite a promised amnesty by Danish King Christian II, whose forces successfully invaded Sweden.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge then visited Sweden’s ArkDes – national centre for architecture and design where they took part in an event focusing on cooperation between the United Kingdom and Sweden in the area of architecture. The two were met by ArkDes current director Kieran Long, who is British as well and Steve Angus ( Director of the Department for International Trade at the British Embassy).
They Royal couple ended the night with dinner hosted at the residence of British Ambassador David Cairns. In attendance were Prince Daniel and Crown Princess Victoria, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and representatives of the Government, the Riksdag, the business sector and culture.
Written by Andrew Mitchell for Woodlawn Post