The Crown Princess visits Västerbotten County

The Crown Princess speaks with students at Maja Beskow Upper Secondary School.

The Crown Princess speaks with students at Maja Beskow Upper Secondary School. Photo: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

On Thursday 2 September, The Crown Princess visited Västerbotten County to highlight initiatives being carried out in connection with the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Crown Princess's visit to the county took place in Umeå and Skellefteå, and was hosted by County Governor Helene Hellmark Knutsson.

Umeå

The Crown Princess and the County Governor began the day by visiting Umeå City Mission, where they were welcomed by Director Johan Tovetjärn who gave a tour of the city mission's premises.

Director Johan Tovetjärn gives a tour of Umeå City Mission's premises.

Director Johan Tovetjärn gives a tour of Umeå City Mission's premises. Photo: Oskar Sandström/Umeå City Mission

Director Johan Tovetjärn, infection control physicians Stephan Stenmark and Gunilla Persson, district nurse Lena Rehnman and Chief Medical Officer Maria Marklund then spoke about the pandemic and its effects on the city mission's work.

The Crown Princess hears how the pandemic has affected the city mission's work.

The Crown Princess hears how the pandemic has affected the city mission's work. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

At Maja Beskow Upper Secondary School, The Crown Princess and the County Governor were welcomed by head teacher Henrik Ragnvaldsson, Director of Education Ann-Christine Gradin and Assistant Director of Education Niklas Wallmark.

Students Agnes Edeljung, Noah Grönberg and Ellinor Hannerfors described their experiences of attending school during the pandemic and how they have been affected.

The visit concluded with a brief tour of the school.

The Crown Princess with students Ellinor Hannerfors, Noah Grönberg and Agnes Edeljung.

The Crown Princess with students Ellinor Hannerfors, Noah Grönberg and Agnes Edeljung. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Skellefteå

During the journey from Umeå to Skellefteå, infection control physician Stephan Stenmark and Susanne Lantz from the county administrative board told The Crown Princess and the County Governor about the work carried out in the county in connection with the pandemic.

On arrival at Skellefteå, The Crown Princess and the County Governor were welcomed to Sara Cultural Centre by Chair of the Municipal Executive Board Lorents Burman, Municipal Director Kristina Sundin Jonsson and Municipal Commissioner Evelina Falhesson.

At the Mandeln restaurant in Sara Cultural Centre, the Sami dish gurpi was served for lunch. The Crown Princess and the County Governor were then given a guided tour of the cultural centre.

The Crown Princess and County Governor Helene Hellmark Knutsson during the tour of Sara Cultural Centre.

The Crown Princess and County Governor Helene Hellmark Knutsson during the tour of Sara Cultural Centre. Photo: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

At the cultural centre, CEO of Västerbotten Theatre Fransesca Quartey began the final part of the visit with a quotation from Amanda Gorman's The Hill We Climb, translated by Jason Diakité (Timbuktu). She then described how the pandemic has affected the theatre.

The visit to the cultural centre included an extract from the performance When the Prince Came to the Village.

The visit to the cultural centre included an extract from the performance When the Prince Came to the Village. Photo: Ulrika Näsholm/The Royal Court of Sweden

The visit ended with a short extract from When the Prince Came to the Village, a free interpretation of Torgny Lindgren's play In the Waters of Variegated Leaves. The narrative performance relates to when Prince Eugene visited Norsjö and met the artist Herman Andersson.

The Crown Princess's visit to Västerbotten ended at Northvolt, where CEO Peter Carlsson spoke about how the company has dealt with the pandemic and the work to complete the battery factory.

The Crown Princess and the County Governor were welcomed to Northvolt by CEO Peter Carlsson.

The Crown Princess and the County Governor were welcomed to Northvolt by CEO Peter Carlsson. Photo: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

The Royal Family visit Sweden's counties

In connection with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, members of the Royal Family will be visiting Sweden's 21 counties at the initiative of HM The King.

The first four visits took place in autumn 2020, but subsequent visits were postponed due to the second wave of the pandemic. The visit to Kalmar marked the resumption of visits to Sweden's counties during autumn 2021.

Through these visits, The King hopes to show the Royal Family's solidarity with those who have been affected and to highlight local initiatives within different sectors of society.

The following future visits to Sweden's counties have been planned:

September

  • Thursday 2 September: The Crown Princess Couple will visit Västerbotten County
  • Monday 13 September: Prince Carl Philip will visit Blekinge County
  • Wednesday 22 September: The Crown Princess Couple will visit Gävleborg County
  • Thursday 23 September: The King and Queen will visit Uppsala County
  • Monday 27 September: The King and Queen will visit Norrbotten County

October

  • Wednesday 6 October: The Crown Princess Couple will visit Örebro County
  • Thursday 7 October: Prince Carl Philip will visit Gotland County
  • Tuesday 12 October: Prince Carl Philip will visit Östergötland County
  • Thursday 14 October: The King and Queen will visit Jönköping County
  • Friday 15 October: The Crown Princess Couple will visit Kronoberg County
  • Wednesday 20 October: The Crown Princess Couple will visit Skåne County
  • Thursday 28 October: The King and Queen will visit Halland County

November

  • Thursday 11 November: The Crown Princess Couple will visit Dalarna County
  • Monday 29 November: The King and Queen will visit Jämtland County

Find out more about previous visits:

All visits will be adapted in view of the ongoing pandemic, and will be carried out in accordance with the Public Health Agency of Sweden's recommendations.