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Prince Carl Philip of Sweden has traveled to the island of Gotland, one of Sweden’s duchies, to take a tour of different parts of the region and get an idea of the current situation of people in the area after the global pandemic.
This is just one of the many visits that all members of the royal family make to all regions in Sweden to get a sense of the impact the pandemic had on companies, communities and individuals.
During the day-long journey, Gotland’s governor Anders Flanking hosted the prince.
Prince Carl Philip began his visit on 7 October 2021 in Gotland’s Governor’s Residence, where he held a meeting with representatives of the County Administrative Board of Gotland County to hear about the impact of the pandemic and subsequent suspension on the county, the current state of affairs and the potential way forward. .
His Royal Highness then took the trip to Visby Hospital, where he was given a tour of the infection ward and the emergency room, after sitting down with hospital staff for a short meeting. Prince Carl Philip has no doubt heard similar stories from his wife, Princess Sofia, who during the entire pandemic has been a volunteer at Sophiahemmet Hospital in Stockholm, where she helps hospital staff with cooking, disinfection of instruments and more general cleaning.
The prince then went to lunch at Bor-san’s restaurant, in central Visby, with representatives from Region Gotland, the business community, the hospitality industry and the county administrative board. From them, as well as the staff of the restaurant, heard His Royal Highness about the impact the pandemic had on the hospitality and restaurant industry in the region.
After lunch, the afternoon part of the visit began with a tour of Visby Gymnasium, a school where Prince Carl Philip heard from students and staff about the lessons they learned from the pandemic, and saw some of the school projects, including some tractors (a vehicle designed specifically for to have a higher than average traction) and a monument to CoViD-19 victims that the students designed together with their teachers).
After reuniting with representatives from the Gotland region, Prince Segerberg visited Media, which during the shutdown produced media content for its customers, such as speeches, films, reports and documentaries. There, His Royal Highness heard about the effect of the suspension on the adult education sector, the labor market and the country’s companies.
The last “external” event was a visit to the ruins of the Lord, the remains of the medieval city. Prince Carl Philip was given a short tour of the site with representatives from the Gotland region before returning to the governor’s residence, where he heard from representatives of the cultural world about their struggle with the closures. Among them were representatives from Medeltidsveckan, Länsteatern on Gotland, the Swedish form Gotland and Region Gotland.
Sweden’s royals are currently conducting tours of all regions of the country to get a taste of the impact of the pandemic and each of the answers is given to suspensions and subsequent challenges.