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Swedish crown princess eats ‘bun bo,’ wears ‘non la’ in Hanoi

Wednesday, May 08, 2019, 15:47 GMT+7
Swedish crown princess eats ‘bun bo,’ wears ‘non la’ in Hanoi
Crown Princess of Sweden Victoria Ingrid Alice Desiree eats ‘bun bo’ with a pair of chopsticks in Hanoi on May 7, 2019. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Crown Princess of Sweden Victoria Ingrid Alice Desiree has tried on Vietnam’s traditional conical hat and had a taste of local cuisine during her stay in Hanoi, as part of her official visit to the Southeast Asian country from May 6 to 8.

Upon her arrival in the capital, the crown princess joined talks with Deputy State President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh and Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan on Monday, before joining Thinh for a banquet on the evening.

Crown Princess Victoria also paid a visit to a local elementary school, where she was gifted a ‘non la,’ or palm-leaf conical hat, by the students, on the same day.

Crown Princess Victoria wears a ‘non la’ gifted by local students.

Crown Princess Victoria wears a ‘non la’ gifted by local students.

‘Non la’ is one of the symbols of Vietnamese culture and fashion, and is also a great souvenir for visitors. It is often donned by Vietnamese women, along with their ‘ao dai,’ the country’s traditional gown.

On Tuesday morning, she visited the bomb shelter within the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi and attended the Vietnam-Sweden Business Conference.

The shop owner hands a bowl of ‘bun bo’ to Swedish Ambassador to Vietnam Pereric Högberg.

The shop owner hands a bowl of ‘bun bo’ to Swedish Ambassador to Vietnam Pereric Högberg.

At noon, the crown princess arrived at a local ‘bun bo’ shop, located inside an alley on Kim Ma Thuong Street in Ba Dinh District, for lunch.

‘Bun bo’ is a popular Vietnamese soup containing rice vermicelli and beef. It originated from the north-central city of Hue but has become well-known in many regions throughout the country.

The crown princess adds chili sauce to her bowl of ‘bun bo.’

The crown princess adds chili sauce to her bowl of ‘bun bo.’

On Tuesday afternoon, Crown Princess Victoria joined talks with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and met with Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung.

She was scheduled to arrive in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday, where she would meet chairman of the municipal administration Nguyen Thanh Phong and go on a cruise along the Saigon River.

Crown Princess Victoria visits the bomb shelter at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi on May 6, 2019.

Crown Princess Victoria visits the bomb shelter at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi on May 6, 2019.

The crown princess greets a young girl during her visit to a local elementary school.

The crown princess greets a young girl during her visit to a local elementary school.

Crown Princess Victoria is pictured in Hanoi.

Crown Princess Victoria is pictured in Hanoi.

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