The royal couple reunited for a second day with Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel

By Simon Perry
January 31, 2018 06:57 AM

Prince and Princess squared — again!

On day two of their tour of Sweden and Norway, Prince William and Kate Middleton paired up with Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel to visit a Stockholm school where children take part in an innovative mentoring program to foster mental health.

Flag waving children greeted the two royal couples at Matteusskolan School — gleefully taking up more of their time than they had planned. What was meant to be a walk in and wave turned out to be a 10 minute meet-and-greet for the excited children.

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Kate picked a coat by Catherine Walker and dress by Alexander McQueen for the occasion, pairing the ensemble with earrings by Swedish designer In2Design. Prince William wore a sweater also from a Swedish designer, Acne.

Children outside the school jumped on each other’s shoulders, and hugged in excitement at having met the two royal couples. Malte Bregqvist, a 15-year-old ninth grade student, told reporters, “I shook both their hands. It was weird, I never really met a royal before.”

The teen added, “I asked them how they were and they said the same thing to everyone, they were nice, they were doing fine. It’s generous of them to take time and shake everybody’s hands.”

During the visit, one teenager quizzed Kate about her musical preferences. “I asked her if she knew J Hus,” said Lucas Tinseau, 15. “She said ‘I will look out for him.’ ”

Added Tinseau, “I asked her how her grandmother was, Queen Elizabeth. She said, ‘I will say hello from you.’ ”

Earlier, at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, the two royal couples greeted each other with kisses before heading inside to learn more about its research into the impact of physical activity on people’s mental well-being. Inside, Kate’s baby bump was on display as they sat at a table and spoke with experts.

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It came after a packed day when William, 35, and Kate, 36, faced off in a playful hockey shoot-out, lunched with the extended Swedish royal family and strolled the city’s snowy cobbled streets. Last night, they attended a glamorous dinner attended by Swedish Oscar winner Alicia Vikander.

William and Kate invited Victoria and Daniel to their wedding in 2011, but it’s understood that the couples do not know each other well, so the two days have been valuable for them as royals of the same generation to bond and reinforce the links between their two countries.


Later on Wednesday, the couples are set to have a private tea together at the 19th-century Haga Palace, where Victoria and Daniel have lived since their 2010 wedding.


While there, the British couple may have a chance to meet the Swedish royals’ children Princess Estelle, 5, and nearly 2-year-old Prince Oscar, who are close in age to Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2.

In the evening, both couples will take in the glittering nighttime view of the city at an event to celebrate the best of Swedish music, film, TV and sports.