King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia celebrate Sala’s 400th anniversary

carl gustaf silviaPhoto: Sara Friberg/Kungl. Hovstaterna

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden were on hand to help celebrate the 400th anniversary of the city of Sala.

The city received city rights on 15 April 1624 from King Gustaf II Adolf of Sweden.
The governor couple, Johan and Marie Sterte, hosted the King and Queen. They arrived to a band of trumpeters from the Lifeguard’s Dragon Music Corps. King Carl XVI Gustaf then revealed a new statue outside of Sala Station depicting a miner.

The royal couple then walked through the city on a unique hand-woven red carpet, similar to the one produced for the city’s 300th anniversary.

In a speech, the King said, “At the end of the 17th century, Carl XI was hoisted down into the mine in a blue-painted ore barrel that can still be seen. I’m looking forward to visiting the mine again this time, but I’m happy to forego the barrel.”

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