I’ve been ignoring many royals for the past three weeks or so due to the Cambridges’ Tour of Canada and some other stuff. So this royal round up is just to see what Crown Princess Victoria has been up to for the past couple weeks.
On Monday, September 26, Victoria and King Carl Gustaf gave a preference for secondary and education initiative Minister Anna Ekström.
Also on September 26, the King and Crown Princess attended an information cabinet meeting.
On September 28, Victoria opened Öland’s Harvest Festival. She gave an opening speech. For space, I’m only quoting part of it.
“Oland has always been special for me and my family. For generations, we loved this island. I am therefore very happy to be here to inaugurate this year’s Harvest Festival, and has really been looking forward to this day. With this party, you have Ölanders created a fine and important tradition, which reminds us that the harvest is a time of gratitude.
“In earlier times, it was at this time of year, when the harvest was taken, as they became aware of how the coming winter would be. A good and plentiful harvest gave security and confidence. Poor harvests, however, could have very serious consequences. There were several years of famine in a row that led to the first wave of Swedish emigrants to the United States 150 years ago. Not least Oland hit hard by crop failure.
“Certainly much has changed since then. We are no longer just at the mercy of nature’s whims. But basically we are still dependent on the gifts that the earth provides. We also have reason today to feel joy and gratitude for a good harvest. And that is why we are here, to celebrate the harvest. […] I hereby declare the twentieth Öland’s Harvest Festival inaugurated!”
[full transcript, in Swedish]
Victoria’s coat comes from Swedish brand Mayla. It’s a repeat from 2014.
The Swedish royal family Instagram account posted a new photo of Prince Oscar at the Harvest Festival, taken by Victoria.
Crown Princess Victoria is Patron of the Pink Ribbon campaign – which aims to fund research, disseminate knowledge about cancer prevention and breast cancer, as well as engage in advocacy – and on September 14, she gave a preference for the Cancer Society at the Royal Palace. On September 30, they released a new photo of Victoria wearing this year’s ribbon.
This year’s ribbon was designed by Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander, who says: “For me, the pink ribbon symbol of a community that gives hope that it is possible to be healthy. Buying pink ribbon may seem like a drop in the ocean. But many droplets are together a powerful wave.”
On October 3, Crown Princess Victoria took part in the Baltic Sea Seminar organized by the Sustainable Seas Foundation. The seminar began with a discussion about Agenda 2030 and the UN Sustainability Goals.
In conjunction with the seminar, Victoria was shown Stockholm University’s new research vessel.
On October 5, Victoria and Prince Daniel gave a preference for Azita Raji, the US ambassador to Sweden, in Princess Sibylla’s apartments at the Royal Palace.
Victoria wore the pink Ralph Lauren dress she wore in New York on September 22.
On October 10, Victoria, Daniel, and Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia held a preference for Margot Wallström, the foreign minister, at the Royal Palace.
On October 11, Victoria and Daniel gave a preference for the Prime Minister of Estonia.
Also on October 11, Victoria attended a Global Child Forum Partner Advisory Board meeting in the Bernadotte Library at the Royal Palace along with Silvia and Princess Sofia.
The Global Child Forum was initiated by Carl Gustaf and Silvia in 2009 and is an independent platform for informed dialogue on children’s rights. Global Child Forum brings together leaders from business, governments, academia and civil society to promote cross-sector partnerships, knowledge and best practice sharing as a means to further children’s rights.
Silvia gave the opening address:
“In 2009, the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child had its 20th anniversary. At that time His Majesty the King and I took the initiative to create The Global Child Forum. A new kind of organization to improve the lives of children and young people. The King and I have always had a keen interest in children’s future. Today, with our own growing family, we know how lucky we are. Living in a part of the world where there is peace, freedom and prosperity. And where children’s rights are – at least generally – respected.
“We do not need to look further than the borders of Europe to see that this is not the case everywhere. War and conflict is destroying millions of lives. Children and young people are the first to be affected – and also the most vulnerable. In ten years, the number of child refugees has more than doubled. Today, nearly one in 200 children is a child refugee. These children are not only uprooted from their homes. They are also likely to face violence, exploitation and separation from their families.
“As global citizens and responsible human beings, we must do everything we can to protect the rights of children. Governments can’t do everything. And traditional charity is not enough. Therefore, the Global Child Forum is about engaging you – the powerful business and finance sector – in creating a more sustainable future. Our vision is to involve all actors of society. But with a special emphasis on the corporate sector.
“Global Child Forum is a meeting place for leaders from all over the world to share knowledge and best practices. Thereby creating new and innovative ways to secure a future where children’s rights are respected. Global Child Forum has had a good start. Together, we have achieved a lot over the years. And this is very much thanks to you – our main partners.
“Thank you all for your support and constructive partnerships. And thank you for joining our meeting today. We have an urgent task ahead of us. So, looking forward to your active participation, I welcome you all and hereby declare the meeting opened.”