It has been revealed this week that Crown Princess Victoria and her fiancée Daniel Westling, have been having lunch with some of Sweden’s political leaders. This is to prepare Daniel in his upcoming royal role and for the politicians to get to know him.
The news of these lunches broke when Lars Ohly, leader of Vänsterpartiet, or Left Party, posted a picture of he and the couple on his blog. It is the only known photo of Victoria and Daniel alone with any politician.
It is interesting for Ohly to meet with the two since his party is usually opposed to the monarchy.
Today, the newspaper, Aftonbladet, reported that the Crown Princess and her fiancèe privately had lunch with Green Party leader Maria Wetterstrand and Mona Sahlin of the Social Democratic Party earlier this year on unknown dates.
The paper said the discussions during these meals were mainly about politics. Wetterstrand is said to be impressed with Victoria’s great knowledge of politics and of the environment.
Tuesday marked the last of the nine days in central Europe for the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. Charles and Camilla wrapped their tour in Prague, Czech Republic after spending three days in that country. The entire trip was marked with health problems, first with Camilla’s bad back and then former Czech President Vaclav Havel’s fever prevented him from meeting with the royal couple.
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But it doesn’t seem the two were disappointed. Instead, the Prince and the Duchess appeared to enjoy the Czech Republic as they strengthen ties with the country and the United Kingdom.
Arriving on Sunday, Charles and Camilla first met with current President Vaclav Klaus and his wife, First Lady Livia Klausova at Prague Castle, which they received a tour of.
Later, the couple went to a church which was the site of a major World War II battle against British-trained Czech agents and Nazi Germany in 1942. Also at the church, they met with the war’s veterans.
In the evening, the royal couple were guests of honor during a performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Prague’s Estates Theater, where the opera premiered in 1787.
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The following day, Prince Charles kept up his reputation as an avid environmentalist by visiting an eco-friendly village of Hostětín, in Movaria, the eastern part of the country. His wife stayed in Prague, however, to visit a sight-seeing dog school.
Upon arriving, the Prince was welcomed by thousands of people – nearly twice the number of Hostětín. Some were dressed in traditional Czech attire and performed folk music for the future King of England. He even was given some plum brandy to drink as part of his welcoming.
Charles was briefed on how the village houses are warmed by a biomass heating plant, with solar panels on all the roofs, and a reed-bed facility takes care of the sewage.
Later in the day, the Prince and the Duchess were reunited to visit the English College in Prague — an English language private school which the Prince is patron of.
When Tuesday came, Charles and Camilla were expecting to meet national hero Vaclav Havel and his wife Dagmar. But as mentioned, Havel canceled the meeting due to a fever.
So with that, the royal couple ended their tour of Europe and headed home for London.