King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden touched down in India for their third royal visit to the country and won the admiration of many locals online with one simple gesture: they carried their own bags.
The royal couple flew on Air India from Stockholm to Delhi for their five-day visit, kicking off in the Indian capital before heading to Mumbai and Uttarakhand in the coming days. National carrier Air India shared a snap soon after landing, and the adoration was palpable as people noticed that King Gustaf arrived carrying his own bags.
Royal Visit by a king and Queen and they carry their own bags!! This should be the new normal . They look like grand parents on a visit to the grandkids ☺️ https://t.co/qKwD2XL5xH
— 👑Mirandagousley 👑 #palacesource (@mirandagousley) December 2, 2019
“Very very inspirational and humbling to see the King and Queen of Sweden carry their own bags on board, an approving commenter wrote on social media.
“Inspiring to see a king travel by a commercial service and that too of another country’s airline. In these times of economic slowdown can India’s leaders not demonstrate the same frugality?” wrote another clearly impressed Twitter user.
Note in the pic _1. King flies commercial.2. Carries his own luggage.3. No hangers on. No VIP BS.4. No fancy paraphernalia.Just a civilized nation. Not a ‘third world democracy’ @virsanghvi
— Rajeev Batra (@R_Batra_) December 2, 2019
President Ram Nath Kovind and his wife, Lady Savita Kovind, welcomed the Swedish royals during a ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
The visitors laid a wreath at the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi and held meetings with the Indian president, prime minister and external affairs minister.
Some netizens took the opportunity to hijack the moment and tease the national airline about poor service and rumored privatization.
“hahaha they were afraid that somebody will steal their things that’s why carrying themselves,” wrote one mischievous commenter.
“When is your final landing? I mean, when are you going to be sold off?” another wrote, tagging the airline.
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