From May 31 to June 2, the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee , paid a State Visit to Sweden at the request of King Carl XVI Gustaf. Along with the King, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip, and Sofia Hellqvist (making her State Visit debut) all participated in the State Visit.
Day 1 – Sunday, May 31
Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel met the President at the airport and escorted him to the Royal Mews where King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia greeted him. The King, Queen, and President then traveled in full carriage procession of the Royal Life Guards from the Mews, through the Royal Garden and the North Bridge, to the Royal Palace where they held the official welcome ceremony.
Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist joined the King, Queen, President, and Crown Princess couple for a meeting where gifts were exchanged.
Victoria wore a light pink dress and coat with a matching wide brimmed hat, and Dior shoes.
Sofia wore Paule Ka “Crepe Satin Dress” (€690.00), and a small bow hat thing at the back of her head (you can just see it peeking out from the back of her head in the photo below).
Silvia wore head-to-knee blue. She is no longer doing the scarf-sling thing but she is still not putting her right arm through her jacket. She hurt her shoulder in a ski accident earlier this year and is still not fully recovered.
Day 2 – Monday, June 1
The day started in Parliament where the President of India met with the Swedish Prime Minister and other government officials to discuss cooperation between Sweden and India and the prospects for increased exchange of trade and science. Then Carl Gustaf, Silvia, and Victoria joined the President of India at Stockholm City Hall for a seminar on sustainable urban development. They then had lunch at City Hall. In the afternoon, the King and President traveled to Hammarby Sjöstad for another round table discussion on sustainable urban development.
Victoria wore Oscar De La Renta “English Garden Print Mikado” Dress ($2,168) and her Dior shoes, with a structured white cropped jacket over top.
Silvia wore a teal lace dress, a matching hat, and two bee brooches.
That night they held a Gala Dinner in Karl XI’s Gallery of the Royal Palace.
Silvia wore a green and white patterned dress which confuses me. I’ll look at it and like it, and then I’ll look again and dislike it. Odd. She wore Queen Sophia’s Nine Prong Tiara, the Order of the Seraphim (Sweden), and the royal family order.
Victoria repeated a green, sparkly Elie Sabb that she previously wore to the Nobel Prize ceremony in 2012. She paired it with the Steel Cut Tiara, the Order of the Seraphim (Sweden), and the royal family order.
Sofia made her State Dinner debut in a black sequin-y on top, ruffle-y on the bottom concoction. I stand by my assessment that Sofia’s day outfits are fine, if a little boring. But her gown game is bad. Hopefully she’s getting all the bad out of her system now and her wedding dress will be amazing.
Sofia wore emerald and diamond earrings from Ebba Brahe Jewellery. The earrings are part of the AW15 collection. I could not find a price but based on the price of some of their other jewelry, I’m guessing these bad boys cost somewhere in the ballpark of 3-4,000 dollars. EDIT: The earrings are the “Full Moon” earrings and cost 38,900 SEK or about $4,500.
The menu consisted of: avocado tureen with semi dried bay tomatoes, kavring (a type of brown bread) crisps and wild garlic vinaigrette; fried egg with potato crisps, asparagus crudité and mashed turnips puree with browned butter (yum); Butter Baked walleye (a type of fish) from Lake Hjälmaren with baked fennel, ragout of beans and peas, dill potatoes and butter sauce; and for desert, rhubarb with lemon verbena and Bavarian cream ice cream made from cream from Lots farm.
Day 3 – Tuesday, June 2
Day 3 of the Swedish State Visit from India started with the King, Queen, and President at the Karolinska Institute where they attended workshops and meetings first at the Nobel Forum, where they discussed current research projects, and then at the Grand Hôtel with the Swedish and Indian business community. In the afternoon, there was a farewell ceremony at the Royal Palace, and then the President visited Uppsala with Victoria and Daniel. The President gave a speech at Uppsala University about Gandhi and the Indian Nobel laureate in literature Tagore. Victoria escorted the President to the airport and saw him off.
Victoria wore H&M, their “Lace Coat” (was $199, currently on sale for $100).
On their way to Uppsala, four cars in the convoy carrying the President of India, Victoria, and Daniel crashed. Nine people were taken to the hospital, but the President, Victoria, and Daniel were unharmed. [The Local].