2021-10-18

HRH Crown Princess Victoria's speech at the inauguration of the exhibition ”Images that change the world”, Rome, Italy, 18 October 2021

(The spoken version shall take precedence)

Ladies and Gentlemen,

For centuries, innovation has been a trademark of Swedish business. With inventions such as the three-point belt, the pacemaker and Bluetooth, Swedish ideas have made our world safer, healthier and more connected.

Innovation is the foundation of Sweden’s prosperity. A foundation that has given our country a competitive edge.

Today, a growing number of successful companies recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion to retain that edge.

New ideas do not materialize out of nothing. They come from people:

People who see things from a different angle,
people who question the status quo,
people who do not always fit the mould.
To break new ground, we need to challenge ourselves; the way we look at the world – and each other.

It is my hope that this exhibition will help us do that.
Now, it is my honour to declare the exhibition “Images that change the world”, open!