IN PICS: Queen Elizabeth’s two state visits to Sweden

Queen Elizabeth II visited Sweden on two occasions, meeting two different Swedish kings, the current King Carl XVI Gustaf as well as his grandfather, Gustaf VI Adolf. Here's a look back at these state visits.

IN PICS: Queen Elizabeth's two state visits to Sweden
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip are shown around Gamla Stan in Stockholm by the Swedish King and Queen in 1983. Photo: Bertil Ericson/Scanpix

Queen Elizabeth’s first state visit to Sweden took place in 1956, just three years after her coronation. The visit included a trip to Olympiastadion in Stockholm to watch the Olympic equestrian competitions, which were held in Sweden that year despite the rest of the Olympic Games taking place in Melbourne, Australia.

Queen Elizabeth at the equestrian Olympic competition alongside then-King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden, Queen Louise of Sweden and Prince Philip.
Photo: Pressens Bild/TT
The Queen also took part in a dinner in Stockholm’s town hall with the Social Democrat city council chairman Carl Albert Anderson and Prince Bertil, the uncle of Sweden’s current King Carl XVI Gustaf.

Queen Elizabeth II at a dinner in Gyllene salen in Stockholm’s town hall, alongside Prince Bertil and city council chairman Carl Albert Anderson. Photo: Pressens Bild/TT

Queen Elizabeth II watches the olympic horse-riding in Stockholm, 1956. Photo: Pressens Bild/TT
Her next visit to Sweden was a four day official state visit from May 25th-28th, 1983. On this visit, Queen Elizabeth met Sweden’s current king, King Carl XVI Gustaf and his wife, Queen Silvia. Here they are alongside Prince Philip.

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. Photo: Jan Collsiöö/Scanpix/TT
The Queen and Prince Philip travelled on the Swedish royal boat Vasaorden, alongside King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia.

The Queen and Prince Philip disembark the Swedish royal ship Vasaorden outside Grand hotell, Stockholm. Photo: Svenskt Pressfoto/Scanpix/TT
Crowds in Stockholm were keen to meet the British royals, who were welcomed with flags by the Swedish public.

Photo: Tomas Oneborg/SvD/TT
The Queen’s Rolls-Royce was also shipped over for the occasion, where it was given a new temporary registration number: HMQ 001 for Her Majesty the Queen.

Photo: Kent Östlund/SvD/TT

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‘There’s never been anyone like her’: Sweden pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth

Sweden's Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson held a press conference on Thursday evening to express her condolences after the announcement that Queen Elizabeth II, who was Europe's longest reigning monarch, had died.

'There's never been anyone like her': Sweden pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth

“There has never been another person like Queen Elizabeth and her passing away deserves a moment of consideration,” Andersson said. “We have all been party to drastic events which have changed the world, but few have been party to so many as Elizabeth. Both I, myself, and the Swedish people want to express our condolences.”

Queen Elizabeth died at Balmoral, her beloved country house in Scotland, aged 96, after 70 years on the throne. 
In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and the Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

In a statement, her son King Charles III said: “The death of my beloved mother Her Majesty the Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.

“We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.”

Elizabeth’s reign spanned he Victorian to the modern era. Her first prime minister, Winston Churchill, was born in 1874, while her last Liz Truss, was born 101 years later in 1975.

Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf, who was Elizabeth II’s fourth cousin, issued a statement praising Queen Elizabeth’s “sense of duty” and “outstanding dedication”. 

“My family and I have with great sorrow received the notice that my dear relative, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, has passed away,” he said in a statement. 

“The Queen served her Nations and Commonwealth with an outstanding dedication and sense of duty,” he said. “She has been a continuous presence, not only in British society, but internationally. Throughout this time, she has been a good friend to my family and a link to our common family histories.” 

“We convey our condolences to the Queen’s family and to her people.” 

Judith Gough, the UK’s ambassador to Sweden thanked Sweden for its condolences, which she said, “bore witness to the affection and admiration which the Queen had inspired in so many.”