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June Pelo
22-04-13, 01:32
Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden and Speaker of the Parliament of Finland, Mr. Eero Heinäluoma, will visit Wilmington on May 11 in honor of the 375th Anniversary of the establishment of the New Sweden Colony and, ultimately, the City of Wilmington. King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden will celebrate the 375th anniversary of the New Sweden Colony, which ultimately became the city of Wilmington.

The visit was officially announced by the Swedish and Finnish embassies in Washington in coordination with the Delaware based New Sweden Alliance. The King and Queen will be joined by Finland's Speaker of the parliament Eero Heinäluoma for the visit to Wilmington on Saturday, May 11. In a statement announcing the visit, Swedish Ambassador to the U.S., Jonas Hafström says, "We will celebrate on May 11 not only the founding of the New Sweden venture in the Delaware Valley 375 years ago, but the continuing relationship between Sweden and the United States." The Kalmar Nyckel landed on the shores of the Christina River in 1638, establishing a settlement made up of Swedish and Finnish colonists. Finland was a part of Sweden at the time.

The royal visit is being called the highlight of a year-long celebration throughout the region of the founding of the New Sweden Colony at Fort Christina. Other events include a symposium in Philadelphia hosted by the Swedish and Finnish embassies and attended by King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden. Ceremony at the Finnish monument, Mother's Arc, Concord Ave., Chester, PA . Honoring the Finnish settlers to the Delaware River Valley. Music, songs, other dignitaries; open to the public12:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Celebrate royalty and dignitaries as they walk to Old Swedes Church for evening prayers. Swedish and Finnish flags will be provided.
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Norden, 25 April 2013