The Free Press, Mankato, MN


October 5, 2012

(PHOTO GALLERY) Swedish king, queen receive large warm welcome at Gustavus



“This will be a memorable day for all Gusties,” Ohle said.

Outside Christ Chapel school children and area residents were making their way off campus, including Boy Scout Troop 58 of St. Peter which had been selected for the Color Guard and led the way to the chapel.

Although both Trevor Gurrola, 12, and Maccoy Blaschko, 13, said they didn’t practice beforehand and were all laughs and smiles before the arrival, the boys were all business when it was time to do their jobs. And the 10 Scouts were pretty thrilled to have been included in such an important event, they said.

So was Anja.

Although she couldn’t quite articulate her excitement in English, Anja nodded when asked if she was excited to meet her queen, whom she said she has seen before but never met until now.

“She was very excited,” said Anja’s principal, Karen Coblentz. “She is absolutely a precious, wonderful young lady.”

Queen Silvia seemed to think so, too.

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