The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg arrived in Finland for their state visit, where a gala banquet was held. And they've swapped orders, in proper state visit form: the Order of the White Rose of Finland for Henri and Maria Teresa, the Order of the Gold Lion of the House of Nassau for President Sauli Niinistö, and the Order of Adolphe of Nassau for first lady Jenni Haukio. The grand ducal couple received their orders at an earlier state visit. (For galleries from the first day, see here.)
|Office of the President of the Republic of Finland|
Elsewhere, the Swedish royal family welcomed the President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, at the start of her state visit. Only King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia were on the schedule to participate, but in a lovely surprise, they were joined for lunch by Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip, and Princess Sofia. (Here's a gallery from the welcome.)
|Victoria's dress from The Fold, Sofia's shoes from Manolo Blahnik|
No princesses were on duty for the evening's state banquet, alas. Alas for us, who are missing out on additional tiaras, but a bonus for Queen Silvia, who doubled up on her handsome escorts.
She's a Chilean flag come to life in her repeated blue gown, her red Order of Bernardo O'Higgins, and her white diamond