So much fuss about the arrival of that handsome red-haired kid who, barring catastrophe, will never sit on the throne! How about some props for an actual monarch come to town?
At the same time as Prince Harry’s whirlwind visit to Washington, our city is also being graced by Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. The occasion: The 375th anniversary of the arrival on these shores of the great ship Kalmar Nyckel, which carried the Swedish colonists who founded what later became Wilmington, Del.
Their agenda in D.C. Thursday included a Department of Treasury ceremony unveiling a Congressional Gold Medal honoring the late Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who rescued thousands of Jews during the Holocaust; a think-tank gathering to discuss Arctic issues; tours of the Library of Congress and the National Museum of the American Indian; and meetings at the Capitol with the Swedish Caucus. Tonight, they’ll have prime seats for the opening night of the Washington Ballet’s “Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises” at the Kennedy Center.
Alas, no plans to intersect with Prince Harry — a fellow descendent of Queen Victoria and distant cousin of Carl Gustaf’s. While the young Brit heads west to Denver on Friday, the Swedes will be heading north that day for appearances in Philadelphia, New York and Delaware.
Earlier: Sweden’s Queen Silvia, pretty down-to-earth, but still a queen, 10/15/10