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Sweden's popular Crown Princess

The Local · 10 Jun 2010, 15:34

Published: 10 Jun 2010 15:34 GMT+02:00

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In 1980 a change was made in the Swedish Constitution which altered hundreds of years of Swedish history and tradition. It also forever changed the life of a very young girl.

In 1979 the Swedish parliament had voted to change the law of succession so that the throne would be passed down by equal primogeniture rather than agnatic primogeniture - in other words, it would now not be the eldest son of the monarch who became heir to the throne, but the monarch’s eldest child.

The change was also retroactive when it came into effect in 1980, which meant that Prince Carl Philip (born in 1979) was now second in line to the throne, while his older sister Victoria was proclaimed heir apparent and Crown Princess of Sweden.

Victoria Ingrid Alice Désirée, who was born on July 14, 1977 in Stockholm, will therefore be Sweden’s fourth Queen regnant the day she takes over from her father, King Carl XVI Gustaf. It is a role she has prepared for almost all her life. And since her declaration of majority on her 18th birthday it is responsibility she has taken head on.

As Sweden’s Crown Princess, Victoria is one of the busiest members of the Royal Family. She has also developed a reputation as a dutiful and serious-minded royal. In the past year, her official engagements have taken her all around Sweden, representing the Royal Family. She also represented Sweden in Afghanistan, Greece, Kenya, Belgium, Denmark and the United States. It is not rare that Victoria disembarks a train only to board an airplane a few hours later.

Victoria is also one of the most popular members of the Royal Family. Her office receives thousands of invitations and requests every year, asking her to attend everything from conferences to openings to jubilees. She always prepares and researches thoroughly before turning up at an engagement - she energetically tries to learn everything she can about the people she will meet and the places she will visit, in order to be a truly active participant.

The Crown Princess seems to live by a combination of the mottos of both her father and great-grandfather. King Gustaf VI Adolf’s, who reigned from 1950 to 1973, motto was “Duty first”. King Carl XVI Gustaf’s motto is “For Sweden - With the times”.

I am often asked “What is she really like?”. As a former colleague, my observation is that she is very similar to her parents the King and Queen. Like them, she believes in, and follows, duty and tradition. She is a person who knows her mind, is a good judge of character and is assiduous and determined. The Crown Princess is also a person with genuine warmth and kindness.

I have often thought about a visit the Crown Princess made to Astrid Lindgren’s Children’s Hospital in the autumn of 2007, and to which I accompanied her when I was an information secretary at the Royal Court.

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At the hospital she visited amongst other places the neurological pediatric ward and the therapy play room.  The children were of course very excited to meet a real life princess and there was a lot of enthusiasm in the air.

However, anyone who has ever been to a children’s hospital knows it is a place of very mixed emotions. There is an overwhelming feeling of sadness and injustice in seeing so many young people struck down by serious illness. What I witnessed, though, was an overwhelming feeling of joy and happiness as the Crown Princess met, and spent time with, the children.

It was not only the children that were cheerful though – you could see how much the Crown Princess  enjoyed spending time with each and every one of the children and how candidly they spoke with one another. That natural interaction, and connection, between them was truly a wonderful experience to witness. The Crown Princess has an authentic interest in all the people she meets, young and old, and the people who meet her sense that authenticity right away.

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Your comments about this article

19:28 June 10, 2010 by zircon
Beautiful and very neat looking Princess.
21:42 June 10, 2010 by junaid iqbal
She is really so nice and beautifull.

I think she will absolutely think about the immigrants.

God bless her and best wishes for her in the future.
23:24 June 10, 2010 by Isabel Carneiro
Best Wishes Princess.
09:37 June 11, 2010 by SajidAli
Long Live The Queen!
10:19 June 11, 2010 by MIK in Sweden
I am sure she will be the same Victoria (even after marriage), means she will continue he good work. She will still be actively representing Swedish Royals in all events.
15:19 June 11, 2010 by goerre
all the very best dear princess and may you live forever! :=)
19:08 June 11, 2010 by Osk
She is the oldest - of course she was born to be Queen. Right up until the second child - a boy was born she was going to be Queen. Then on the birth of the boy he took precedence - at least until the law was changed.
00:45 June 12, 2010 by alingsaskev
Good luck Ma'am!
08:03 June 12, 2010 by csence
God bless you Victoria, your future husband and family. Have wonderful Royal nuptials and a Happy Midsummer.
08:37 June 12, 2010 by Nachos
She's hot. I would definitely do her.
16:24 June 12, 2010 by jturbo
I'm sure she's lovely, but this article provided no insight whatsover. I'm sure the author signed a non-disclosure agreement upon leaving the palace, meaning that he can't dish.
12:28 June 13, 2010 by Tim 2346
God Bless you, Crown Princess. I wish YRH health and happiness and a kind press and kinder even kinder internet posters!
14:55 June 14, 2010 by Jes
A fine young lady that I like and respect a lot . Her smile is real . Unlike all the plastic celebs of today ,,, she seems not to be trying to look more pretty than she really is .

She is definately going to make a good wife and mother . All these crazy "republicans " can go to hell .
22:32 June 14, 2010 by MD1
I will not knock Victoria at all, but this story did not really provide any in-depth loo at her like it implied in the heading. Follows tradition. Good judge of character. Visited a hospital. Did not really offer much.
22:57 June 14, 2010 by Barnflicka90
Princess Victoria, I love you
04:03 June 15, 2010 by glamelixir
@Great Scott

Thank you! Wow, someone who makes sense. I was starting to think that everyone in this thread was either payed or high hahahaha.

Please, she is ugly and she doesn't have A JOB! There are people who work 12 hours a day to only get milk and bread to their kids while this little spoiled girl is spending a fortune in a wedding.... I say let's make her deal with AMS as an unemployed herself so she deals with reality a bit.
10:23 June 15, 2010 by Amber Dawn
I think she's quite beautiful.
15:02 June 16, 2010 by planet.sweden
On Monday it will all be over thankfully and the obsequious Juan Navas

can flutter off to the pages of Hello magazine where he belongs.
10:33 June 17, 2010 by casinoed
she's a hottie with a cracking pair of bristols
11:38 June 18, 2010 by TomBert
Sorry Osk, but when Victoria was born she was not in the line of succession to the Swedish Throne. Until the birth of Crown Prince Carl Philip, the King's heir was his uncle Prince Bertil, as succession was restricted to males only. After Prince Bertil the dynasty would have become extinct as no eligable males remained.
02:36 June 19, 2010 by manrush
Länge Leve Hennes Majestät Princessa Victoria!!!
12:47 June 19, 2010 by Puffin
@ Great Scott

Personally I'm not sure why you think it is necessary for a future head of state to look like a model - looking around the world there are very few that look like they have stepped from the covers of vogue - for example Prince Charles in the UK has not worn well at all looking nearer 80 than just having turned 60.

Of course her looks are influenced by her genes - her mother Queen Siliva is not Swedish and is half German/Half Brazilian
15:58 June 21, 2010 by Sherian Elizabeth
@glamelixir and @planet Sweden

You tow are a very bad example of the human race that live on this planet, if you don't like Princess Victoria why make ugly remarks about her, her looks, her j0b and everything else. Are the two of you so jealous that you weren't born royal that you have to be so mean spirited, bitter and hateful. I wouldn't want her to look anyother way then the way she is. Are both of you so damn perfect that you think a model or so called hollywood star would fall for you? Her job, she was born into her job, regardless of first or second in line for being head of state. She is a great representive for the country of Sweden, she doesn't create scandel, drunkness, sex tapes like a lot of so called famous people do. She handles herself with diginity, grace and compassion all the time. She waited 8 years to marry the man she loves, what good have either of you done in your life for another? Have either of you promoted goodwill around the world for Sweden? I doubt it seriously that either of you even know how to treat a woman with respect (I say that because of your attitude here towards her) what in the hell would your girlfriends or mothers say about you now?
19:18 June 22, 2010 by Great Scott
Am I blind or has my comment been removed. If it has been removed then there is no freedom of speech at The Local, my comments were my thoughts and there was nothing rude or extra ordinary.

So puffin I cannot answer your question because I have not written anything, and thanks glamelixir for your approval, but I cannot accept it because I made no comments.

Surly I must be blind, now wait where did I put my glasses..............................................................
10:46 August 3, 2010 by cosplay
So puffin I cannot answer your question because I have not written anything, and thanks glamelixir for your approval, but I cannot accept it because I made no comments.
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