William and Kate will embark upon the four day trip, which marks the couple’s first official visit to the two Scandinavian nations, on Tuesday 30th January. It’s thought that the couple won’t be accompanied by their two young children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who’ll be attending school and nursery respectively.
When they arrive in Sweden, the Duke and Duchess will attend a royal lunch hosted by King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. While in Stockholm, they will meet Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, and will attend a black-tie dinner hosted by the British ambassador. On the guest list will be Alicia Vikander and Mamma Mia star Stellan Skarsgard, along with members of the Swedish royal family and the Prime Minister.
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According to the Palace, the Duke and Duchess will spend some time learning more about ‘what makes Scandinavian culture so unique, from attitudes towards young people and mental health in schools, to the importance of being active and spending time outdoors.’
‘The Duke and Duchess are keen to experience a taste of the Scandinavian way of life for themselves, and to see how people of all generations battle the elements to make the most of their surroundings, whether ice-skating in Stockholm’s local parks, or skiing off-piste in the hills that surround Oslo,’ the Palace statement continued.
On the itinerary for the Swedish leg of the royal tour is a trip to an outdoor ice rink, a visit to the Nobel Museum and a morning at the Karolinska medical research institute. In Norway, they will attend a dinner hosted at Oslo’s royal palace by King Harald V and Queen Sonja and meet with stars of the cult Norwegian TV show Skam.