Scandinavian Royals arrived in Helsinki on Thursday 1 June 2017 to celebrate the centenary of Finland’s independence. The day began with ceremonies in the forecourt of the Presidential Palace at 10.30 am. President of the republic Sauli Niinistö and Mrs Jenni Haukio welcomed president Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson and his spouse, Eliza Jean Reid, of Iceland, king Harald V and queen Sonja of Norway, king Carl XVI Gustaf and queen Silvia of Sweden, and queen Margrethe II of Denmark. The royals and presidential couples greeted the public from the balcony of the Presidential Palace.
After the ceremonies at the Presidential Palace, the Finnish presidential couple and their guests walked from the Presidential Palace to the City Hall and greeted the public on their way. The presidential couples and royals also watched a Dancing Finland dance performance, held in the Market Square, from the balcony of the City Hall. The programme at the City hall continued with a lunch hosted by Helsinki’s incoming mayor Jan Vapaavuori.
The Scandinavian Royalsalso attended the re-inauguration of the Hanasaari Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre. Gunvor Kronman, the CEO of Hanasaari, hosted the event.
In the afternoon, the guests visited the Sibelius Monument and took part in Finland 100 moment, which was also open to the public. The guests were greeted by a group of children flying Nordic flags. Nordic presidential couples and royals enjoyed performances by Tapiola Children’s Choir and the choir of the Helsinki Music Centre.
The day ended with a banquet in the Presidential Palace.