Sweden's Prince Carl Philip and his young wife Princess Sofia embarked on a two day official visit to the county or province of Dalarna, in the middle of Sweden, Monday. It was their second such visit since their marriage in June. Carl Philip and Sofia visited Värmland late August.
The visit started in Borlänge, where the young couple visited a pre-school for refugee children, as part of a centre where newcomers to Sweden get comprehensive support for their introduction in Swedish society. From there Carl Philip and Sofia traveled to Säter, where they visited a plant manufacturing lockers for schools, bath houses, offices and industry. The royals toured the factory and met with workers. Next stop was Stora Skevdi, where they had lunch and visited a bread factory, Skevdi Bread.
In the afternoon the Prince and Princess went to see the Falun World Heritage Center at the Falun Copper Mine. In 1992 a more than 1,300-year tradition of mining industry in the area came to an end. One of the mines was preserved and now serves as monument to the mining industry, and as a museum and heritage center.
During their visit the royal couple wrote their names on the so-called 'Royal wall of the General Peace'. Several rulers and Scandinavian royals have since the 1300s visited the Falun Mine, and wrote their names in different places in the mine. The so-called royal wall dates back to the late 1800s and the signatures which have been carved into the rock are gilded with gold from a Falun Mine.