Sweden's king and queen visit Gustavus to mark 150 years

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SAINT PETER, Minn. - More than a thousand people greeted Swedish royalty Friday at Gustavus College in Saint Peter. King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia took time during their Minnesota visit to honor the school's 150-year history.

"It's not every day you get to see this," said Colin Roberge, a junior at Gustavus. "It's neat because of our Swedish roots."

Gustavus, a school founded by Swedish immigrants in 1862, invited hundreds of school children on campus to greet the royalty. It was Their Majesties third time visiting the college, but their first visit since 1996.

"They are pleased to be here," said Jonas Hafstrom, Sweden's Ambassador to the U.S. "Of course there are deep relations, deep roots, and lots of sentiments."

The King and Queen took part in a special worship service and were invited to several private events in the afternoon.

"To have a royal visit is the ultimate affirmation of this link we have with Sweden," said Thomas Young, a vice president at Gustavus. "It's a logistical task to organize everything, but lots of fun."

The royal visit to Gustavus took months to organize and included 130 volunteers.

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