Britain's royal couple visit Norway and Sweden

On Tuesday, the Duchess of Cambridge, who is expecting her third child with Prince William in April, kicked off the royal pair's four-day tour of Sweden and Norway with a friendly game of hockey. According to Kensington Palace, the sport dates back to 1813 and is one of the most popular sports in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and the U.S.

With the clothes and the castles and the crowns, it's often hard to identify with royals.

Following the luncheon, William and Kate walked through the picturesque cobbled streets of Stockholm and the city's oldest public square, Stortorget Square, to the Nobel Museum. We wonder if Kate knew that marrying Prince William also meant that she could access her grandmother-in-law's jewelry collection, which is arguably the finest in all of the land - and not everyone can boast about that perk!

Prince George's parents also got to try some warm, non-alcoholic glögg as they sipped from a flask to combat the cold (below). In addition to diplomatic figures, the dinner guests included high-profile Swedish actors Stellan Skarsgard and Alicia Vikander. They will be visiting the Karolinska Institute, again with Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel.


While looking at numerous exhibitions, Kate got the chance to try out one designer's chair.

The royal couple and guests dined on Scottish smoked salmon and guinea fowl as they enjoyed the company of newfound friends.

For their last night in Stockholm, they will head to the Fotografiska Gallery where they will be given a short tour by United Kingdom photographer Nick Veasey. Follow our live blog as we follow them around the Swedish capital as much as security staff and Royal Guards will allow us. The Duke will deliver a speech at the event.

Royal watchers will find the down-to-earth attitude of the Cambridges surprising, given that Prince William's mother Princess Diana of Wales made similar efforts to dispense with formalities and raise her children in a hand-on fashion. The Duke is expected to speak at the dinner.

  • Gwendolyn Kim