Mayor Williams and the City of Wilmington Welcome the King and Queen of Sweden to Wilmington; Download Parking and Transportation Map

Posted on  05/10/2013 2:35 pm

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It is with great honor and privilege that Mayor Dennis P. Williams and the City of Wilmington respectfully welcome their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, the Speaker of the Parliament of Finland, Mr. Eero Heinäluoma and his wife, Ms. Satu Siitonen-Heinäluoma.

The visit of their Majesties is truly an experience of a lifetime, and an extraordinary honor for the City of Wilmington and the State of Delaware. The royal visit is in honor of the 375th anniversary of the first European settlement in the Delaware Valley, and the royals will celebrate with our local community on May 11, 2013.

In 1638, the first permanent European settlers of Delaware landed the Kalmar Nyckel along the Christina River. This settlement spawned the Swedish colony known as New Sweden, which spanned the Delaware River from 1638 to 1655. Fort Christina, located in our own City of Wilmington, was the very first settlement. The City will celebrate and pay tribute to these historic events with a “Welcome to Wilmington” celebration on Saturday, May 11th.

The community is invited to attend Saturday’s “Welcome to Wilmington” celebration and greet Their Majesties. The celebration will be held at the Riverfront Wilmington, Dravo plaza, and will be an afternoon of festivity and fun for the entire family as there will be food, activities and exhibits to honor the rich Swedish heritage.

Mayor Williams, and the City of Wilmington, invite you to join us, as we await the arrival of the King and Queen of Sweden and the Finnish Delegations. This will be their Majestie’s first public appearance in Wilmington.

The “Welcome to Wilmington,” event will begin at 12:00p.m. and conclude with the Royals sailing to Fort Christina on the Kalmar Nyckel at 4:00p.m. Residents are called to act with dignity, respect and humility as we welcome our founding fathers home.