State Visit to Finland - Day 3
In the morning, The King and Queen visited Aker Yards shipyard in Turku. Aker Yard has three shipyards in Finland, building cruise vessels and ferries. At the moment, the Turku shipyard is building the worlds largest cruise ship, the Independence of the Seas. Their Majesties were given an introduction and a guided tour of the shipyard.
Later in the morning, The King and Queen attended the seminar The Maritime Sector and the Environment at Forum Marinum. The seminar explored the possibilities for reducing the negative impact of maritime activities on the environment.
Forum Marinum includes a national museum for the merchant navy and the navy, and after the lectures there was time for a quick tour of the museum, guided by Managing Director Seppo Sarelius.
After lunch in Turku Palace, The King and Queen visited Turku Cathedral. The cathedral is Finlands national shrine, and considered to be one of the most notable architectural monuments in Finland.
It was built as small parish church, and consecrated as the church of St. Mary around the middle of the 13th century. The church, originally made of wood, and later rebuilt with stone, was consecrated as the Cathedral in 1300. It was gradually extended, reaching its current scale at the beginning of the 19th century.
“If there is one piece of advice I would give you today, as King, godfather and grandfather, it is this: Be yourself,” said His Majesty The King in his speech at the luncheon celebrating the confirmation of Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra.
Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra was confirmed today in the Palace Chapel, just as her father, grandfather and great-grandfather were before her.