THEIR MAJESTIES KING AND QUEEN OF SWEDEN TO VISIT MUMBAI
The Bandra–Worli Sea Link dons blue and yellow of the Swedish flag to welcome Their Majesties
Mumbai: Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden will arrive in Mumbai on Wednesday December 4 and this will also mark Their Majesties' first visit to Mumbai. This is the second leg of Their Majesties’ 5-day State Visit to India at the invitation of President Ram Nath Kovind.
The aim of Their Majesties visit to Mumbai is to further strengthen the good relations between Sweden and India, and to promote Swedish-Indian cooperation. This further affirms Sweden’s commitment to be a key partner for India in its rapid development, and in efforts to tackle common challenges in areas such as the climate change /environment, infrastructure, research, health and enable increased trade and investment for Swedish and Indian companies in both directions.
“I am honoured to welcome Their Majesties to Mumbai. This visit provides a further boost to the already excellent relations between Sweden and India which are based on shared values and goals. In fact, the enthusiasm for engagement is growing on all fronts – between governments, between businesses and most important between people,” said Ms. Anna Lekvall, Consul General of Sweden in Mumbai. “And this is the basis of our campaign #SwedenIndiasambandh since ‘Sambandh’ means connection in both Swedish and Hindi,” Ms. Lekvall added.
The day in Mumbai will begin with Their Majesties taking part in a clean-up drive at the Versova Beach, followed by lunch with the Governor of Maharashtra Mr. Bhagat Singh Koshiyari and a visit to the Door Step School which provides education for under privileged children who are first-generation learners. Later, Their Majesties will visit the 26/11 Taj Memorial to pay their respects to the victims of the Mumbai terror attacks. In the evening His Majesty will join a roundtable meet with members of the families that built Mumbai.
In addition, Their Majesties will attend TEKLA, a two-day workshop to inspire young women and girls into the world of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and the ‘Tekla and Gender Parity Dialogue’ session which aims at correcting the underrepresentation of girls and women in technology.
Their Majesties are accompanied by Swedish Ministers and a high-level Business Delegation representing Swedish Companies – both large, well-established companies and start-ups, along with representatives of Swedish Government agencies and universities.
As a part of the #SwedenIndiaSambandh campaign, the Consulate General of Sweden, Mumbai associated with the Rise Against Hunger India (RAHI) and has lit up the iconic 5.6 km Bandra–Worli Sea Link from Dec 2- 4 in the colors of the Swedish flag to welcome Their Majesties. “I am thrilled that we can give Their Majesties a warm welcome in true Mumbai style.” Ms. Lekvall added.
This is the second State Visit to India by Their Majesties, the first was in 1993. It is the fourth high-level exchange between Sweden and India since 2015 when Former President Pranab Mukherjee was on a historic first State Visit to Sweden. In 2016, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven visited India and in 2018 Prime Minister Modi visited Sweden.