Swedish king to visit Tacloban City

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Friday, January 24, 2014

MANILA -- Sweden’s reigning monarch, King Carl XVI Gustaf, is set to visit the projects of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines in Tacloban City following the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

King Carl XVI Gustaf arrived Friday morning in the Philippines and was welcomed by President Benigno Aquino III and other government officials.

The Swedish monarch will also visit other projects of the Swedish Government implemented through the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (Unocha).

King Carl XVI Gustaf is in the country from January 24 to 26 as guest of honor at the Invitational Peace Jamboree of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines in their centenary year. This is the first visit of a Swedish monarch and Head of State of Sweden to the country.

The king’s visit aims to further promote the relations between the two countries.

King Carl XVI Gustaf’s has served as the honorary chairman of the World Scout Foundation (WSF) since 1977. The WSF raises funds for various scouting projects worldwide, including the Ticket to Life project in the Philippines.

The Swedish King was accorded foyer honors by members of the Presidential Security Group at the Palace main lobby at 3 p.m. Friday.

The Swedish King was accompanied by Klas Molin, ambassador of the Kingdom of Sweden to the Philippines; Lars Kolind, Executive Committee member of the World Scout Foundation (WSF); Fredrik Gottlieb, WSF rreasurer; Sven Philip Sorensen; WSF Regal Circle member, Simon Hang Bock Rhee; World Organization for the Scout Movement (WOSM) chairman; Scott Teare; WOSM secretary-general; John Geoghegan, WSF director; and Jose Rizal Pangilinan, WOSM regional-director of the Asia Pacific Regional Office.

Vice President Jejomar Binay, who was also present during the courtesy call and is the national president of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines, will fete the King of Sweden for dinner, together with officials of the World Organization of the Scout Movement and the World Scout Foundation.

King Carl XVI Gustaf is also involved in issues related to nature and the environment, instituting the King Carl Gustaf Environmental Competition and the “Royal Colloquium," an international environmental symposium held annually in Sweden with participants from all over the world.

The King has been chairman of the Swedish branch of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) since 1988.

King Carl XVI Gustaf is one of the longest serving monarchs in Europe, having celebrated the 40th anniversary of his accession to the throne in 2013. Under His Majesty’s reign, the Swedish monarchy has evolved to be seen as the world’s most modern monarchy.

King Carl XVI Gustaf is second cousin to Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and is related to the reigning monarchs in Europe. He is married to Queen Silvia Sommerlath and has three children: Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Carl Philip, and Princess Madeleine. (PNA)

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