TribLIVE

| State


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Sweden's royals drop by Philly

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Friday, May 10, 2013, 10:00 p.m.
 

PHILADELPHIA — Members of Sweden's royal family visited Philadelphia on Friday as part of a four-day trip marking the 375th anniversary of the founding of a Scandinavian colony in America.

Mayor Michael Nutter welcomed King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia to City Hall, where the blue and yellow colors of Philadelphia's municipal flag pay homage to Swedish colonists who arrived in the area 50 years before city founder William Penn.

“The city of Philadelphia and the nation of Sweden have a great deal of shared heritage,” Nutter said.

The royals were commemorating the founding of New Sweden, a settlement in present-day Wilmington, Del., about 25 miles southwest of Philadelphia. The first Swedish and Finnish colonists arrived there by boat in 1638, eventually spreading out to areas that became parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland.

In Philadelphia, Swedish settlers established what is now the oldest church in Pennsylvania — Gloria Dei, also called Old Swedes' — in the city's Queen Village neighborhood, which was named for Sweden's Queen Christina.

King Carl XVI Gustaf spoke of the colonists' merchant heritage and how continued good relations between Sweden and the United States represent “big possibilities to expand this trade between the two countries, and especially to Philadelphia.”

“We came those early days, 375 years ago, together to build this big country,” the king said. “And, as today, we were merchants, we wanted to make trade. And that is what we want to do also now.”

Sweden's monarchy has only ceremonial duties, such as supporting charities and promoting its businesses abroad.

The mayor gave the royal couple a commemorative plate to mark their visit. They had previously seen in the city in 1976 and 1998.

“Many things have changed since that time,” Nutter noted.

He then traveled with the king and queen to see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. The couple was also slated to visit the American Swedish Historical Museum in south Philadelphia.

On Saturday, the royals will attend events outside Philadelphia and in Delaware.

The king and queen visited New York and Washington this week.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Pennsylvania

  1. Sparks fly in Philadelphia in 2nd campaign debate between Corbett, Wolf
  2. Deer hunting curtailed amid manhunt for ambush suspect
  3. Steroid bust nets prison guards, would-be NFLer
  4. Flags lowered to mourn Pa. state trooper shot dead during gun training
  5. Cop killer Abu-Jamal to speak by recording to Vermont school ceremonies
  6. Education top priority for Pa. voters, poll shows
  7. AP classes put college-bound students on fast track
  8. Pa. not ready to abandon lethal injections
  9. Expect delays on I-70 in vicinity of New Stanton
  10. Police find pipe bombs in woods during manhunt for suspect in trooper ambush
  11. 2 men held in fatal Mercer County mobile home heist
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.