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Princess Victoria's advisor quits Swedish royalty

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Princess Victoria's advisor quits Swedish royalty
09:47 CEST+02:00
Princess Victoria's court marshal and right-hand Elisabeth Tarras-Wahlberg has quit her services to the Royal Swedish family after 32 years. She is due to start a new life as an international relations consultant to a Qatar oil emir.

57-year old Tarras-Wahlberg's new job is based in Doha, the capital of Qatar, where she will consult for Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. Her contract starts after the summer and is initially set for two years.

Elisabeth Tarras-Wahlberg's presence at Crown Princess Victoria's side has been ubiquitous in recent years. Many credit her with helping the Princess to carve out her role as Sweden's Crown Princess and future Queen.

The decision to quit working for Princess Victoria is not due to any conflict. Tarras-Wahlberg would simply like to try something new.

"The Crown Princess is a generous person and she has congratulated me. I hope we will continue to be in touch. I do not see this as a `divorce'," Tarras-Wahlberg told the Dagens Industri newspaper.

Tarras-Wahlberg started out as a press assistant for the King's office in 1976. Between 1995-2004 she was the Court's head of information.

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