THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are due to embark on their four-day royal tour of Sweden and Norway this week where they will spend time with the Nordic royals while getting a taste of Scandanavia and strengthening the relationships between the countries.
The Foreign Office is hoping the Nordic royal trip, which is the first official trip to either country for William and Kate, will ensure the message is clear that Britain is still part of Europe, despite leaving the bloc.
The royal couple will arrive in Sweden tonight and will begin the tour with a visit to Vasaparken in Stockholm on Tuesday, January 30, which is an outdoor ice skating rink, to watch a bandy hockey event.
Prince William and Kate are due to meet the local players on the ice and learn more about the popular Swedish sport, which is a form of hockey played on ice.
After the event, they will go for a lunch at the Royal Palace in Stockholm with King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, as well as other royal guests including heir to the Swedish throne, Crown Princess Victoria and husband Prince Daniel.
Once the luncheon is over, the royal couple will walk from the Royal Palace to the Nobel museum, where they will stop at Stortoget, which is the oldest square in Stockholm.
The Duke and Duchess, who is pregnant with the couple’s third child, will start Wednesday by going to the Karolinska Institute, where they will be able to learn about Sweden’s work with regards to mental health and they will be again joined by Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel.
This will be followed by a visit to Matteusskolan, which is a comprehensive school in the centre of the city where they will join children and take party in a mental health activity session.
In the afternoon, they will open one of Sweden’s leading department stores to open an exhibition of UK design, fashion and brands.
During their trip to Stockholm, the British ambassador will hold a dinner for 30 guests, which the Foreign Office hopes will be a time for constructive talks between prime ministers, business chiefs and diplomats.
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William and Kate will then be served a private tea with Princess Victoria and Princess Daniel on a trip to Haga Palace.
The pair will fly from Sweden to Oslo on Thursday, February 1 where they will enjoy a lunch with the Norwegian royals and an official dinner hosted in their honour.
They will then attend an event in a co-working space for entrepreneurs to grow their businesses, called MESH.
A spokesman for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said: “One of the priorities for the Duke and Duchess has been looking at technology and creative businesses, which are more likely to be led by people of their own generation.
“Establishing relationships with young entrepreneurs has been important on their recent visits and will be on this occasion as well.”
The final day of their tour will be at the Hartvig Nissen School, where they will meet the stars of Skam to hear about the drama series about the challenges for young people growing up.
The final event to the tour will be in Holmenkollen, where they will visit a ski jump followed by a ski museum.
Kensington Palace announced the visit in October and the British ambassador to Sweden, David Cairns, said: “This is something exciting for Great Britain and Sweden’s relationship. We’re looking forward to it.”
The British Embassy in Oslo also tweeted: “We are delighted that The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge will visit Norway soon. This will highlight the importance of the UK-Norway relationship.”