On Wednesday 25 August, The Crown Princess and Prince Daniel – Duchess and Duke of Västergötland – visited Västra Götaland County to highlight initiatives being carried out in connection with the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Crown Princess Couple's visit to the county took place in Skövde, and was hosted by County Governor Anders Danielsson.
During the morning, The Crown Princess Couple visited Skaraborg Hospital. Here, infection control physician Thomas Wahlberg gave an introduction to the infection situation in the county. The Crown Princess Couple then had the opportunity to meet hospital staff and to thank them for their efforts during the pandemic.
The Crown Princess Couple then visited students and staff at the upper secondary special school at Kavelbro Upper Secondary School. The students spoke about how they had been given the chance to remain at school, even when other schools had been forced to remain closed.
The visit concluded with students performing music, including the national anthem, outside the school building.
The visit continued to Skövde Pentecostal Church at lunchtime. Here, Chair of the Municipal Council Conny Brännberg welcomed the visitors and spoke about various projects within the municipality. Pastor Simon Holst described the work carried out by the church during the pandemic, including online services. The Crown Princess Couple then met Mickaël Gayet, co-founder of Ätbart, an association which collects left-over food from shops and restaurants.
At the church, The Crown Princess Couple met representatives from Göteborg Opera's local company in Skövde, who described cultural life in the city and how it has been affected during the pandemic.
The Crown Princess Couple concluded their visit to Västra Götaland County at Skövde Science Park, where they found out how the pandemic has affected the county's industries. The science park brings together several different operations, including industry, academia, the region and the municipality, who carry out joint research to find industrial solutions.