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Victoria ‘kidnapped’ for her hen party

With her wedding only a month away, friends of Crown Princess Victoria have been gathering to help her bid farewell to her days as a spinster, according to reports.

Victoria 'kidnapped' for her hen party

In time-honoured Swedish tradition, Victoria’s friends ‘kidnapped’ her from her home at Drottningholm Palace near Stockholm on Thursday evening ahead of a fun filled hen (bachelorette) party in the Stockholm Archipelago.

According to Expressen, Victoria was ambushed during a dinner to celebrate the 31st birthday of her brother, Prince Carl Philip. The plot had reportedly been hatched by close friend Caroline Kreuger.

Swedish stag (bachelor) and hen parties are by tradition kept secret from the bride and groom.

In Victoria’s case, her friends had kept other members of the Royal Family informed, and birthday boy Carl Philip was reported by Expressen to be in on the act. Indeed, the hen party was even reported to have been smuggled into the palace with the help of one of the royal bodyguards.

The friends, all wearing masks, whisked her away to a waiting boat to take her Stockholm Archipelago, where they were expected to party for two days, according to Expressen. Princess Madeleine, newly returned from the United States, is expected to be among those participating.

Victoria’s fiancé Daniel Westling had his stag party last weekend. He was reported to have been treated to a champagne breakfast and a trip to a recording studio, where he recorded songs including the Carola hit ‘Främling’.

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Swedish Crown Princess and Prince catch Covid-19 for the second time

Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel have both tested positive for Covid-19 for the second time, although the pair have very mild cold symptoms.

Swedish Crown Princess and Prince catch Covid-19 for the second time
Both Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel have tested positive for Covid-19. Photo: TT

Sweden’s Royal Court announced that Prince Daniel had tested positive in a press release issued on Sunday, while Crown Princess Victoria’s second infection was revealed in another release on Saturday.

The royal couple, who are both fully vaccinated, first tested positive for the virus in March last year, and have only mild symptoms. 

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According to the press releases Prince Daniel was suffering “very mild symptoms and feels well”, while Princess Victoria has “the symptoms of a cold but otherwise feels well”.  

The couple are both now isolating in Haga Palace in the north of Stockholm, where they have lived since 2010. 

Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, who are triple-vaccinated, both tested positive on Tuesday. The couple are now symptom-free, but are continuing their isolation at Drottningholm Palace to the west of Stockholm. 

Prince Carl Philip, Victoria’s younger brother, and his wife Princess Sofia were the first Swedish royals to test positive in November 2020. 

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