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Victoria's birthday party unmarred by rain

TT/The Local/cg · 14 Jul 2012, 13:07

Published: 14 Jul 2012 13:07 GMT+02:00

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Crowds began milling around outside Solliden early on Saturday morning, waiting to to congratulate the princess on her birthday when she made her appearance at 2pm.

However, Sweden's unpredictable summer weather didn't dampen spirits after the day began with rain, which looks set to continue into the evening.

Meteorological institute SMHI warned that heavy rains and thunder are to be expected during the afternoon.

All members of the royal family have gathered on Öland, and on Saturday evening a tribute concert is planned on Borgholm’s sports centre, where among others Loreen, Rigmor Gustafsson and Ulrik Munther are slated to perform.

A real veteran among the guests at Solliden is Laila Tegnér. Together with her husband Sven Tegnér she’s visited Solliden seven times to congratulate Victoria.

She explained to the TT news agency that this year was particularly special.

“This year I’m turning twice the Crown Princess’s age, so now I’m almost competing with her for the attention,” said the 70-year-old.

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Four-month-old Princess Estelle, Victoria's daughter, is not present at the festivities, with royal experts adding that this is not unusual in the royal family.

"This makes sense. Victoria herself didn't take part before she was five-years-old," said Kay Wiestål, who is responsible for the celebrations, to the Aftonbladet newspaper.

TT/The Local/cg (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

15:15 July 14, 2012 by SayNoToUS
Kronprinsessan Victoria is awesome!!!
19:05 July 14, 2012 by otwa
Who pays for the royal parties?
19:51 July 14, 2012 by Opinionfool
"This makes sense. Victoria herself didn't take part before she was five-years-old,"

Err, have I missed something; VIctoria didn't attend her own birthday parties before she was 5.!
12:26 July 15, 2012 by anonymous4
She looks lovely!
15:40 July 15, 2012 by Rebel
I give this a massive YAWN. Seriously, should anyone outside her friends and family really care?
20:27 July 15, 2012 by Spuds MacKenzie
Jag älskar Victoria!
10:10 July 16, 2012 by rsmehdihasan
good birthday to Crown Princess
17:11 July 16, 2012 by feathernoodle
Wow, you can tell Mother Nature is a Royalist - she's striking cows down by bolts of lightning in one part of Sweden, but fair weather all around for an adult princess' birthday.
23:44 July 16, 2012 by prince T
Grattis på din födelsedagen princessan.
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