Happy National Day, Sweden! June 6 is the National Day of Sweden, and the Royal Family was out in celebration. Even little Princess Leonore joined in! Some history of National Day: it was established in 1915 as Swedish Flag Day; in 1983 Flag day was merged to form National Day; National Day is celebrated on June 6 to mark two historical events, the date Gustav Vasa was elected King in 1523 and the date the Constitution Act was signed in 1809.
Princess Madeleine and husband Chris O’Neill opened the Royal Palace to begin National Day. Princess Leonore joined her parents. Madeleine was dressed in the traditional Swedish clothing: a white collared blouse, blue dress and mustard yellow apron embroidered with flowers. In this photo, you can see Madeleine’s monogram embroidered on what I think is part of the belt. I don’t know about anyone else, but I absolutely love the traditional clothing. Adorably, Leonore was dressed in a tiny traditional outfit (here is a close-up photo). How cute is she? As a side note, Leonore’s baptism will take place on June 8.
Crown Princess Victoria, and Prince Daniel, participated in the citizenship ceremony. From what I understand, part of the National Day celebrations is welcoming new citizens of Sweden. The Palace released a new photo of Princess Estelle in the traditional clothing to mark the day.
King Carl XVI Gustaf gave a speech in honor of National Day. Here is a transcript of the speech (it’s in Swedish, but if anyone is using Chrome it can be translated into English). Here is the video of the speech:
Then there was a carriage procession and a concert.
I’m not sure how interested anyone else is in the Swedish royals. The last Leonore post I did didn’t get much of a reaction (or any reaction). Madeleine released a photo of Leonore for the King’s birthday, and the Palace released new photos of the family ahead of the baptism. I didn’t post the photos at the time because there was no story to go with them and the last time I posted photos with no story, no one seemed to care. So since I want to post the photos–because they’re adorable and I like Madeleine–I’m going to post them here. So here you go, enjoy the cuteness: