STOCKHOLM, Sweden — In a surreal moment for the students at Mattuesskolan, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge accompanied by Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel arrived on school grounds at around 11:40 am, where they were greeted with a rockstars welcoming, by the excited audience of children and faculty members as part of their two-day tour in Stockholm, Sweden.
The Royal couple met with students and teachers who have participated in the YAM Programme along with the Swedish Minister for Education Gustav Fridolin, where they joined in on exercises that form part of the YAM programme. This was the second of their mental health activity sessions on day two of their royal visit to Sweden before heading off to Norway on Thursday.
Kids could be seen holding flags to showcase their support for the royal couples of both countries.
On the afternoon, the Royal couple visited one of Sweden’s leading department stores, NK for an interactive exhibition of British fashion designs and brands that operate in Sweden.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit NK, an iconic Swedish department store, to open an exhibition that celebrates British design & showcases innovative approaches to sustainability. @CuteCircuit, @B_Boheme, @SebastianCoxLtd & @PinatexOfficial #DesignisGREAT #RoyalVisitSweden pic.twitter.com/ttn7MLjTli
— Brittiska Ambassaden (@UKinSweden) 31 januari 2018
From NK, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel hosted the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at their official residence, for a private tea time with the Royal couple.
Prince William and Kate later attended a reception at the Fotografiska Gallery on Swedish cultural life, with guests invited from the worlds of entertainment,art and sports. The Duke and Duchess along with Prince Daniel and Crown Princess Victoria got the chance to see the pioneering work of UK photographer Nick Veasey, who was on hand to give the royals a tour of the exhibition. Fotografiska announced that it will open a sister gallery in London later in the year which extends the relationship between the two countries.
“Sweden is a country that holds a very special place in the heart of my family, and for all British people,” said The Duke of Cambridge as he addressed the guests at the Fotografiska Galleries.
PASSION FOR PREVENTION OF MENTAL ILLNESS OF YOUTH
The British Royal couple started off day-two of their tour to Stockholm beginning the morning at the world famous Karolinska Institute where they were accompanied by Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel.
During their visit to Karolinska Institutet Prince William and Kate Middleton met Danuta Wasserman, professor of psychiatry and suicidology and Carl Johan Sundberg, professor of molecular and applied exercise physiology, as well as vice-chancellor Ole Petter Ottersen.
Prince William and Kate Middleton specifically requested to learn more about the Youth Aware of Mental Health (YAM) Programme and the work being carried out at the National Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention of Mental Ill-Health at Karolinska Institutet. The royal couple were also keen to learn more about research being carried out at Karolinska Institutet into physical activity and its prophylactic effects. The Duke and Duchess have a history of involvement in issues related to mental illness among children and young people in general, and suicide prevention in particular.
“The royal couple expressed a desire to participate personally to see how it feels,” says Danuta Wasserman. “They were quite clear in their wish to contribute to young people being able to discuss mental health. As a medic, it is pleasing to me that young people today are interested in all aspects affecting mental health, including the biological, and how lifestyles affect the brain’s functions.”
Reported by Andrew Mitchell for Woodlawn Post International
Photo: David Gimlin