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‘My monkey was my best friend’: Queen Silvia

The Local · 5 Apr 2012, 06:50

Published: 05 Apr 2012 06:50 GMT+02:00

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“He was good at listening and new exactly when I was sad or happy. Then he would follow me around and comfort me,” Silvia said to children’s magazine Kamratposten (KP).

According to the Queen, the Sommerlath family were gifted the animal by some missionaries when they gave away medicines. He stayed with them for four years, to the then 9-year-old girl’s delight.

Today, the Queen doesn't think it's appropriate to keep a money as a pet and away from its natural habitat but at the time, she told the paper, Mickey felt more like a friend than a pet.

When he first came to the family, Mickey was very angry and frightened and it took a lot of cajoling by the young Silvia to get in his good books.

She approached the distressed animal with great caution.

“I would sing and be happy. Next day I’d do the same, but a little closer,” said the Queen to KP.

Eventually, the animal warmed to her and from that day forward they were the “best of friends”.

However, the animal was very mischievous and Silvia remembers many occasions when she got into trouble on account of her friend.

“Sometimes he would run away and once he climbed out on the roof and broke the neighbours’ TV-antenna. Another time he pilfered all their fruit,” she told the paper.

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Your comments about this article

08:37 April 5, 2012 by tendance
Can you guys get us something more interesting to read. This is no news, this rather be posted on the royal family website or fb page
09:39 April 5, 2012 by Cephalectomy
seriously? does any of the local readers care about royal news ?

i agree with #1 stop it at once no more royal news like this one at least
10:36 April 5, 2012 by unt9
Nice article, thanks. Maybe somebody got tired posting crime news..:)
11:26 April 5, 2012 by felineface
Yes i agree with unt9, this might be no news, but it surely takes our mind of all the horror in the world.
11:33 April 5, 2012 by kirub
A high society monkey?
11:33 April 5, 2012 by Pakistani_Student
LOL the local and its weird news
15:30 April 5, 2012 by Svensksmith
Move over Michael Jackson.
16:03 April 5, 2012 by dendrobates
Monkeys are not supposed to be pets. Hopefuly people does not begin to think in having monkeys as pets after reading this article.

Some common sense must be exercised.
17:13 April 5, 2012 by HYBRED
I can't help but wonder if her monkey ever got spanked.
19:47 April 5, 2012 by Tanskalainen
Can we see a video of her playing with her hairy monkey?
20:50 April 5, 2012 by kingdavid
This just seems like some light hearted fun to me. Jeez you guys seem to take things so seriously, chill out-lighten up! Based on the very little that I know I thought that Queen Silvia was well loved by the Swedes-I could be wrong. I always thought she was the brains of the operation when it came to the Royal Family-not to disparage or disrespect anyone in the Swedish royal family. But I respect serious no nonsense people, and I can see how this article would seem like a total waste of time to you, that is a totally valid position.
04:59 April 6, 2012 by volvoman9
My wife's monkey is certainly my beat friend.
09:50 April 6, 2012 by libertarianism
Princess Victoria is a monkey's godmother.

The designation was a birthday gift from Sweden's national zoo, Skansen, where since 1982 the Princess' rare subjects (lion tamarins) serve as captive breeders whose offspring (total 66) are removed, flown, and relocated to boost low population in the Brazilian rainforest.

While the first generation has weak skillsets, low adaptation and thus a low survival rate in the new environment, the offspring (second generation) of those who procreate aquire better survival skills in the new environment and fare better.

Seperate populations of tamarins have increased, however none of them alone is viable, so scientists are working still to integrate the seperate populations.



22:27 April 6, 2012 by wxman
Well, looking on the bright side, it took 8 comments for it to go where I thought it would eventually.
06:42 April 7, 2012 by cattie
Swedish children are raised with Pippi and Herr Nilsson. I would think they would delight in a Pippi-like Queen.
18:00 April 7, 2012 by salalah
Then she found another monkey to tame...
23:40 April 7, 2012 by Tanskalainen
Confucius say: Queen who sllde down banister, have monkey shine.
15:59 May 4, 2012 by ann2
Queen Silvia is a lovely compassionate woman and I can see her becoming friends with a distressed animal in her childhood. What a lovely occupation compared to my daughter's Sims mania.
16:58 May 25, 2012 by dez9925
If I'm not mistaken, HM was living in Brazil at that time (i.e., when she was 9 y.o.).
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