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Sweden’s King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia thanked benefactor Leslie Nelson during the dedication of the Nelson Cultural Center at the Swedish American Institute in Minneapolis.

Richard Tsong-Taatarii, Star Tribune

Sweden's king and queen get warm welcome in St. Peter

  • Associated Press
  • October 6, 2012 - 5:18 PM

ST. PETER, Minn. - King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden received a warm welcome in St. Peter, as part of their three-day trip in Minnesota.

They visited St. Peter Friday to mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of Gustavus Adolphus College by Swedish immigrants.

The Free Press reports ( http://bit.ly/UoHl0S) about 2,000 people, including 1,000 St. Peter school children, lined the walkway all the way to Christ Chapel. Many held small Swedish and American flags and waved them as the couple passed.

Gov. Mark Dayton is hosting the Swedish monarchs the governor's residence in St. Paul on Saturday. The royals will also dedicate the Carl and Leslie Nelson Cultural Center at the American Swedish Institute.

The couple toured a new cultural center at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis on Thursday.

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Information from: The Free Press, http://www.mankatofreepress.com

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