Royals in scarf controversy

Sweden's royal couple have been criticised after they were given "Palestinian scarves" on a visit to Härnosand as part of the King's 40th jubilee celebrations.

The scarves featured writing in Arabic, which translates as "Our Aqsa and not their temple", a reference to the al-Aqsa mosque on Temple Mount in Jerusalem, newspaper Sundsvalls Tidning reports.

Lisa Abramovicz from the Swedish Israel Information Center told the newspaper: "The message on the scarves is unacceptable for the Royal Couple who are neutral and impartial figures".

But royal spokesman, Bertil Ternert, told news agency TT the scarves were placed round their necks, and they did not have a chance to look at them closely at the time. They were removed soon afterwards, he adds.

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