Crown Princess Victoria flies to the memorial service of Nelson Mandela with prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt. It will be tough 40 hours for Victoria (about 30 hours at a plane). The King was invited to the memorial, but he could not leave the Nobel ceremony and perhaps not be able to host his own dinner for the Laureates on Wednesday.
The Crown Princess’ attendance was a decision made after the discussion between the King and the Crown Princess. To honour Mandela means a lot to the Crown Princess, she remembers well her meeting with him, tells Annika Sönnerberg from the press department.
Victoria and the Prime Minister fly with the government plane that takes 12 passengers and has 4 crew members. Yesterday it was planned that they leave this morning and Reinfeldt’s press secretary Markus Friberg confirmed it on Monday morning
Chris O’Neill will not attend at the Nobel Prize ceremony with the royal family on 10th December. He has other commitments that makes him unable to be present, says Annika Sönnerberg, Deputy Director of the Information and Press Department. Princess Madeleine will attend.
Swedish Royal House (sveriges kungahus)