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Swedish Royals: Silvia, Madeleine and Victoria step out for Childhood’s anniversary dinner

The unexpected news of Kate Middleton’s second pregnancy has overshadowed at lot, and will continue to dominate the press until the new royal sprog is born next April (seriously, the press will find any and all reasons to talk about the royal baby, including telling us what HG is even though they did that already with the last pregnancy–and do we really need other women’s accounts of it, Daily Mail? Or other women’s accounts of dealing with two kids under two? I don’t think so). Now that I’ve gotten completely sidetracked… This post is about the Swedish royals, because I won’t let them be forgotten just because Kate decided to get knocked up again.

The World Childhood Foundation celebrated it’s 15th anniversary yesterday, September 9, and Queen Silvia (the founder), Princess Madeleine and husband Chris O’Neill, and Crown Princess Victoria and husband Prince Daniel attended the gala dinner in honor of the anniversary. Queen Silvia and Princess Madeleine were busy September 8 as well when both attended the third International Council meeting held at the Royal Palace–where they discussed issues common to the four sister foundations in Sweden, USA, Brazil, and Germany.

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Princess Madeleine visits Ersta Child Rights Bureau with Queen Silvia

Princess Madeleine and Queen Silvia Ersta Child Rights Bureau

Princess Madeleine and Queen Silvia visited Ersta Child Rights Bureau on September 2 in Sweden. They met four young people about their experiences with the Child Rights Office and how they helped the young people and supported them in contacting the authorities. Child Rights Office is involved in ensuring children’s rights are not violated and offers children and young people support and advise.

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Crown Princess Victoria celebrates 37th birthday

Victoria meets crowd on birthday
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Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden celebrated her 37th birthday Monday July 14.  Victoria was born Princess Victoria on July 14, 1977 as the first child of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia.  In 1980, the laws of succession changed and she became the heir apparent and was made Crown Princess.  Her birthday is marked as a national holiday, Victoria Day (Victoriadagen).  Crowds gathered outside Sollidens castle in Oland to celebrate her birthday, where the King gave a speech.  For this event, Victoria was accompanied by her husband Prince Daniel, their daughter Princess Estelle, Queen Silvia and King Carl XVI Gustaf.

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Prince Carl Philip is engaged to Sofia Hellqvist

The news of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden’s engagement to Sofia Hellqvist came out last Friday, late in the day.  I would have covered it, but the death of my dog and my subsequent depression took precedence.  Anyway, I’m covering it now ahead of an appearance by Kate Middleton later today.  So, Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist are engaged, and planning a wedding for summer 2015.  Yay?  I guess congrats to them, but my sympathies to the Swedes who will now have a former nude model/reality TV star as a representative of their country.  I mean, I know we have some crappy representatives here in the US, but at least we (for the most part) get to vote them out when they do stupid stuff.  Of the engagement, Carl Philip said, “I have the incredible honor of being engaged to this fantastic girl.”  And Sofia said, “Carl Philip is the most humble person I have ever met, which is what made me fall for him in the beginning.  He has one of the most beautiful hearts, he is very warm.”

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SRF: Leonore is christened as Madeleine and Chris celebrate their first wedding anniversary (updated with official photos)

Princess Leonore

Princess Leonore, daughter of Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Chris O’Neill, was baptized this morning at the Drottningholm Palace chapel in Stockholm.  Leonore was pretty well behaved.  She was a bit fussy when they arrived, but calmed down and didn’t even cry when she was baptized (unlike her mother, Madeleine, who wailed).  Part of the baptism includes Leonore receiving the Order of the Seraphim—that’s the little blue sash and pin she received.  Leonore was born on February 20, 2014 at 10:41 EST in New York City.  Her baptism comes on her parent’s first wedding anniversary (more on that below).

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Swedish Royal Family steps out for National Day

Swedish Royal Family on National Day
[L-R: Prince Daniel, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Carl Philip, Queen Silvia, King Carl XVI Gustaf, Princess Madeleine, Chris O’Neill]

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.
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New photos of Princess Leonore with her cousin, Princess Estelle

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Princess Estelle went to New York in the middle of April—along with her parents, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel—to visit her cousin, Princess Leonore.  On her Facebook page, Princess Madeleine posted the photo and captioned it, “A cousin is a ready-made friend for life…”

Princess Leonore’s Christening will take place at the Royal Chapel at Drottningholm Palace on Sunday, June 8, 2014—exactly one year after her parent’s wedding.

Enjoy the cuteness!

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Photos taken by Crown Princess Victoria, posted to the Swedish Royal Family’s website.

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