The Swedish Royal Family welcome Governor General David Johnston to Stockholm

By Ava Baccari

Governor General David Johnston arrived in Stockholm on Sunday night (Feb. 19) for a four-day state visit to Sweden, hosted by King Carl XVI Gustaf and wife Queen Silvia.

For his visit to the Scandinavian nation as Governor General, His Excellency is joined by prominent Canadians and members of parliament, including NDP leader Thomas Mulcair, Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi, and former NHL hockey player and Sweden native Daniel Alfredsson.

TAP FOR GALLERY David and Sharon were greeted by King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia in Stockholm.

During their official stay, the Governor General and his wife, Sharon, will be visiting four cities, including Malmö, Lund and Gothenburg, as well as the Swedish capital, where they were greeted with an official welcoming ceremony by the king and queen at the Royal Palace of Stockholm on Monday (Feb. 20). They were later joined by Prince Carl Philip and his wife Princess Sofia, and Princess Madeleine and Chris O'Neill.

Prince Carl Philip and sister Princess Madeleine were joined by their spouses at the banquet.

After meeting with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven that afternoon, David donned a Team Canada jersey and laced up his skates to join former Swedish NHL players on the ice at Stockholm's Kungsträdgården outdoor rink.

David and Sharon looked right at home with their royal hosts.

Later that night, the Canadian visitors were the guests of honour at a state banquet, where Princess Madeleine was seated in between the Governor General and NDP leader.

Princess Madeleine dined alongside David and NDP leader Thomas Mulcair.

The couple's busy itinerary includes events focused on mental health, environmental sustainability and panel discussions to discuss strengthening the bilateral partnership between Canada and Sweden. David and Sharon will then depart for Ottawa on Thursday evening (Feb. 23).

Last year, David hosted his own royal tour on home soil. The Queen's representative in Canada was on hand at the Victoria International Airport to greet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as well as their two young children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, at the start of the family's tour of British Columbia and Yukon.

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