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German president welcomed by royal family on state visit to Sweden

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German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier kicked off his three-day state visit to Sweden with royal splendour on Tuesday. The German head of state was received at the Stockholm airport by Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel. Shortly afterwards he was greeted by King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia before setting out with them by carriage to the royal palace for an official welcome with military honours and lunch. Steinmeier and the king used the opportunity of the visit to emphasize their countries’ close ties. “Germany and Sweden look back on a rich, diverse history with ups and downs. …

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