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GAC, St. Peter Prep For Royal Visit

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Gustavus Adolphus College and the city of St. Peter prepare for Swedish royalty with Carl the 16th and Silvia of the House Bernadotte arriving tomorrow.
The King and Queen last visited Gustavus Adolphus College in 1996.

This time 'round the popular monarchs will preside over the 150th anniversary of the college, and will again be a draw to our heavily-Scandinavian state.
Anders Bjorling says, "Oh, there's a lot of excitement and a lot of planning that goes ahead. Everybody's very curious - seeing the King and the Queen coming and wondering what it's all about."

The trip will coincide with the 50th anniversary of Anders' Swedish Kontur shop as well, which he started in 1962 as a Swedish immigrant while serving in the Gustavus administration office - and like several times before, his homeland is coming to him.

Bjorling says, "They're very popular and they do a wonderful job representing Sweden wherever they go."

Class will be in session tomorrow, as Gustavus students wrap up a big week on campus.
GAC's Matt Thomas says, "This visit is more than a year in advance as far as planning. It's been a big week here at campus. We just finished our 40th Nobel Conference yesterday, so today everybody is running around campus tying up loose ends, getting ready for the big day tomorrow, when we welcome their majesties from Sweden."

The King and Queen are scheduled to arrive on campus at 10:15 tomorrow morning, where they will take part in a Worship Service, visit the 150 Years of Swedish Art exhibit, and then dedicate the college's sesquicentennial plaza, before heading up to the cities for more events.

The arrival is open to the public, but the following private events are sold out.