Swedish royals to visit George Bush

US President George W. Bush will welcome Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia to Washington on October 23rd, the White House has announced.

“The United States and Sweden share a long history of friendship and a strong commitment to democracy, human rights and freedom,” the White House said in a statement.

“The visit of their majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia is an opportunity to further strengthen the US-Swedish friendship,” it added.

The Swedish monarch and his consort will then travel to Canada for four day visit from October 24th.

There, the royal couple will meet with Governor General Michaëlle Jean and tour various sports, environmental and cultural sites in Ottawa, Toronto Montreal and Quebec City.