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Watch these adorable kids have royal dreams come true

Swedes have been ooh-ing and aah-ing at an adorable video showing a group of a dozen lucky boys and girls attending a real royal tea party dressed up as princes and princesses.

Watch these adorable kids have royal dreams come true
Princess Madeleine of Sweden with the children. Photo: Kate Gabor/Royal Palace

It was Princess Madeleine of Sweden herself and her two-year-old daughter Princess Leonore who threw the special bash at the Royal Palace in Stockholm on behalf of the Swedish 'Min Stora Dag' (which translates as 'my special day') charity.

The Swedish royal is one of the ambassadors for the non-profit organization, which aims to make small and big dreams come true for youngsters battling serious illnesses.

A group of 12 children aged five to eight were invited to the palace to live out their fairytale dreams and enjoy squash and cake in the company of the two real-life princesses.

Madeleine herself was dressed up to the nines in the same ballgown she wore at the glamorous Nobel Prize banquet in November and the obligatory tiara to top it all off.

“Leonore and I had a wonderful afternoon,” she wrote on Facebook after the event.

 

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Första unika filmen från sagokalaset på Stockholms Slott som Min Stora Dag arrangerade tillsammans med Prinsessan…

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The royal party was held at the start of the week, but went viral when the charity group posted a video of the bash online, with the clip being shared more than 2,000 times on Facebook.

“To be at a party at the castle is what many children dream about. (…) Something to remember for the children who have serious illnesses,” wrote one supporter who commented on the post.

“Oh, I got so moved! What a fantastic day and what a wonderful memory for this little girl,” wrote another about a young girl featured in the clip. “Kudos to our royal family and Princess Madeleine who are always there.”

It was not the only party organized by members of the royal family this week. On Tuesday Madeleine's niece, four-year-old Princess Estelle, celebrated her birthday, although a spokesperson for the palace said that hers was a quiet bash at home with her parents.

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Scandal-hit Frenchman ‘groped Sweden’s Crown Princess’

Jean-Claude Arnault, the French photographer at the centre of the crisis at the Swedish Academy, has been accused of sexually harassing no less a figure than Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria.

Scandal-hit Frenchman 'groped Sweden's Crown Princess'
Crown Princess Victoria. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT
According to the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper, three sources, at least one within the Academy, claim to have witnessed Arnault groping the Crown Princess’s bottom at an event put on by the body, which awards the Nobel Prize for Literature. 
 
The Swedish feminist Ebba Witt-Brattström, who was present at the event at Villa Bergsgården in Stockholm, told both Expressen and Swedish broadcaster SVT that one of Victoria's aides had leapt to her rescue.
 
“Her female aide threw herself forward and pushed him away,” she said. “She pushed away his hand.” 
 
After the alleged transgression, the Academy’s then Permanent Secretary Horace Engdahl was reportedly instructed by the court to “undertake measures” to ensure that the Crown Princess, then still in her 20s, would never be left alone in the company of the then 60-year-old Arnault. 
 
The story, if true, is another blow to the claims of longstanding Academy members, Engdahl in particular, that they were unaware of Arnault reputation as a serial sexual harasser.
 
“We can’t comment on that particular information,” Margareta Thorgren, press officer at the Swedish Royal Court told the newspaper, although she said the court supported the #metoo movement against sexual harassment. 
 
“The information surrounding Jean-Claude Arnault which the media has reported since the autumn is terrifying,” she added. 
 
Svenska Dagbladet has translated their scoop into English German, and French
 
In November, the Dagens Nyheter newspaper reported accusations from 18 different women that Arnault had sexually harassed or assaulted them, either at Forum, the cultural centre he helped run, or at apartments owned by the Swedish Academy in Stockholm and Paris. 
 
Arnault is married to Katarina Frostenson, a poet and Academy member, and is reportedly a close friend of Engdahl's. 
 
The photographer has denied all the accusations of harassment and his lawyer on Saturday told Expressen and Swedish broadcaster SVT that the new accusation was “false and erroneous”, and had been “released to slander and damage him”. 
 
“The claimed transgressions never took place,” Arnault said, according to his lawyer. “This is idiotic”. 
 
The accusations have thrown the Academy into turmoil, with no fewer than six Academy members stepping down as a result, four in protest at the way they have been handled.
 
Katarina Frostenson and former Permanent Secretary Sara Danius said they would both leave their seats on April 12, after a tense meeting at which Frostenson reportedly said she would not resign unless Danius did too.  
 
Only ten of the Academy’s 18 members are still active, and the institution is expected to decide next Thursday if it will award the Nobel Prize this year, or postpone it to next year.
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