Swedish Monarchs in St. Peter 06 Oct 12

For the first time since 1996 Swedish Monarchs are visiting St. Peter to help celebrate Gustavus Adolphus’ sesquicentennial anniversary.

KEYC TV Mankato Reports Minnesota is home to the country’s largest Swedish population, so when King Carl the 16th Gustaf and Queen Silvia came to Gustavus Friday, they received a big Välkommen.

It’s not to often royalty comes to a small town like St. Peter, so it was a visit students Katie Landreville and Sarah Cornell didn’t want to miss.

Sarah Cornell says, “It only happens every once and awhile, its so it’s exciting to be a part of.” Katie Landreville says, “It’s exciting that a king and queen from a country in Europe is coming to Saint Peter.”

For Landreville, the royals coming also brings a bit of nerves; her quintet is playing for their majesties.

Gustavus was founded in 1862 by Swedish immigrants, and the university says the visit, 150 years later, shows that connection to Sweden remains.

Their Majesties will also visit the American Swedish Insitute in Minneapolis and attend a Saturday morning reception at the Governor’s Residence.