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Queen’s ‘adorable’ phone case makes Rio headlines

Sweden's Queen Silvia charmed onlookers with a cute family-themed mobile phone case at the Olympics.

Queen's 'adorable' phone case makes Rio headlines
Queen Silvia and King Carl Gustav at the Olympic Equestrian Centre in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT
After the Queen raised her phone to take a selfie, royalty spotters in Rio noticed a full sized-image of her granddaughter, Princess Estelle, on the back.
 
“Queen Silvia of Sweden takes the gold medal when it comes to cell phone cases,” wrote American TV station NBC New York.
 
The Queen, accompanied by King Carl Gustaf, was attending the Equestrian Jumping individual final Round A at the Olympic Equestrian Centre on Friday.
 
Four-year-old Princess Estelle is the Swedish royal pair's first grandchild. Her baby brother, Prince Oscar, was born in March this year.
 
The Queen and King also attended Sweden's men's handball matches and were in the crowd in the Maracana Stadium in Rio for last night's women's football final, in which Sweden narrowly missed out on the gold medal to eight-times European champions Germany.

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‘It could be lonely,’ says Queen of first year in Sweden

Sweden's Brazilian-German Queen Silvia has spoken candidly in a new book about Sweden and her loneliness in the Royal Palace during the first year of her marriage to King Carl XVI Gustaf 40 years ago.

'It could be lonely,' says Queen of first year in Sweden
Queen Silvia with Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Sofia at an exhibition on Royal bridal gowns in Stockholm. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

Silvia Sommerlath and then Crown Prince Carl Gustaf met at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. Four years later they married in Stockholm and the trained interpreter became Queen of Sweden.

“But Sweden was not foreign to me. My father had worked for the Swedish forestry and steel company Uddeholm in Brazil. Many Swedes therefore came to Brazil and to our home. They brought herring. And books and music,” she tells a new book released today.

The Queen, who was at the time still learning Swedish, tells the book's author, Maria Gunnarsson, of her slight feeling of intimidation arriving in Sweden, to a male-dominated and conservative Royal Palace.

“But everybody had kind intentions. Everyone wanted to support me and was there. And the King was wonderful, he said: 'Say what you think, explain what you want, say what you're going to do'. He has really supported me,” the Expressen tabloid quotes her as saying in the interview.

“But it could be lonely. The King's mother Princess Sibylla was no longer alive. Nor was Queen Louise there to tell me about the tasks of a Queen. But Princess Christina was there. The King's sister has given me a lot of support,” says Silvia.

The interview was carried out at Solliden Palace – the Royal Family's summer residence on Öland – in May this year. It is part of the 39th edition of the annual book 'The Royal Year' ('Det kungliga året') which is released on Tuesday.