Paris -- Sweden's King Gustav VI and Queen Louise were the guests of honour at a State banquet at the Elysee Palace in Paris on May 28th, after they had arrived in the French capital for a four day State visit to France.
ms De Gaulle and Gustav leave palace.
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Background: Paris -- Sweden's King Gustav VI and Queen Louise were the guests of honour at a State banquet at the Elysee Palace in Paris on May 28th, after they had arrived in the French capital for a four day State visit to France.
President De Gaulle had met the Royal guests on their arrival at Orly airport earlier in the day.Before the luncheon King Gustav held private talks with the French President, which lasted nearly an hour.It was to be their only private meeting in the ceremony-packed visit.
At the luncheon were French Premier Georges Pompidou, Foreign Minister Maurice Couve de Murville, Swedish Foreign Minister Torsten Nilsson and other high-ranking French and Swedish officials.
Out of courtesy to his host, the 81-year old Swedish monarch presented De Gaulle with the Order of the Seraphim - Sweden's highest decoration.The French President responded by presenting the King with three volumes of a limited edition of Racine, published only nine years after the French Revolution, and bound in red Morocco leather.Queen Louise received a service of six Sherbert dishes and a serving plate designed for Maria Therese of Austria in 1757.
The Swedish King and Queen are scheduled for a busy time in the next few days.On May 29th, they are to attend the Opera; on the 30th they are to be the guests at a grand dinner at Versailles, and the next day is taken up with their visit to Pau, in southern France - the home town of Marshall Bernadotte, who founded the present Swedish Royal dynasty.
During their visit, King Gustav and Queen Louise also intend to meet Swedish residents in Paris, as well as some of the Swedish students who are studying at the Sorbonne.