The Crown Princess Couple attend Alingsås's 400th anniversary celebrations

The Crown Princess Couple meet the public during their visit to Alingsås.

The Crown Princess Couple meet the public during their visit to Alingsås. Photo: SPA

On Saturday 21 September, The Crown Princess Couple attended Alingsås's 400th anniversary celebrations.

The celebrations began at Nolhaga Hall, where The Crown Princess Couple and County Governor Anders Danielsson were given a tour of the Kom Loss fair. The fair focussed on improving accessibility, participation and health, with the aim of providing greater opportunities for everyone to take part in leisure activities, regardless of their functional abilities.

The Crown Princess Couple with participants at the Kom Loss fair.

The Crown Princess Couple with participants at the Kom Loss fair. Photo: SPA

The Crown Princess Couple and the County Governor concluded their visit by watching a demonstration football match.

From Nolhaga Hall, The Crown Princess Couple walked to Nolhaga Castle where they planted a yellowwood tree close to the tree planted by The King to mark Alingsås's 375th anniversary.

The Crown Princess Couple plant a yellowwood tree at Nolhaga Castle.

The Crown Princess Couple plant a yellowwood tree at Nolhaga Castle. Photo: SPA

After lunch at the Grand Hotel, the group walked along the River Lillån to Järtas Park, where town gardener Agneta Wendesten talked about the park and its renovation.

From Järtas Park, The Crown Princess Couple and the County Governor walked along Kungsgatan to Stora Torget. Along the way, Agneta Wendesten described historic buildings and Nygren Farm, which dates back to the 18th century.

The Crown Princess Couple had an amusing surprise during their walk through Alingsås.

The Crown Princess Couple had an amusing surprise during their walk through Alingsås. Photo: SPA

Photo: SPA

On Stora Torget, The Crown Princess gave an anniversary speech in which she said:

"Today, 21 September, is exactly four hundred years since King Gustav II Adolf granted a town charter to Alingsås. The year was 1619. I can hardly believe that the king, and those who lived here then, could have imagined the enormous growth that awaited:
From a church village with three hundred inhabitants to a city of forty thousand.
From bartering to a textiles industry.
And onwards towards today's many entrepreneurs with their small and medium-sized businesses.

"Ladies and gentlemen, the history of Alingsås is in many ways also the history of Sweden. The growth of a city reflects that of our nation."

The Crown Princess gives a speech on Stora Torget in Alingsås.

The Crown Princess gives a speech on Stora Torget in Alingsås. Photo: SPA

At the end of their visit to Alingsås, The Crown Princess Couple and the County Governor listened to the first part of Alingsås's 400 minute long anniversary concert.