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Princess Estelle mounts Skansen stage on National Day

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Princess Estelle mounts Skansen stage on National Day
Princess Estelle wore a Frozen-style cape as she mounted the stage at Solliden. Photo: Sören Andersson/TT
18:05 CEST+02:00
Sweden's Princess Estelle has taken another tentative step into public life, mounting the stage at the National Day celebrations at Stockholm's Skansen park.
In previous years both Estelle and her brother Prince Oscar have left the royal cortege just before it arrived at the open-air museum. 
 
But this year the six-year-old princess came on stage to greet the concert hosts, Urban Ahlin, the speaker of the Swedish parliament, and his wife journalist Jenni Ahlin, and John Brattmyhr, head of Skansen, and his wife Lisa Brattmyhr. 
 
She then sat down between Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel to enjoy the show. 
 
 
The Royal Court began the day's celebrations by posting a picture of Estelle dressed in Swedish national costume, together with the two-year-old Oscar. 
 
“The Royal Family wishes you a happy National Day, through Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar,” the post read. 
 
 
National Day may be a day off for most people in Sweden, but for the Royal Family it is one of the busiest of the year.
 
The day began at 10am, with the opening up of to the public of the Royal Palace in Stockholm, with free entry to all the public areas until 5pm.  
 
 
At 10.30am King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia and Prince Carl Philip handed out grants of 100,000 SEK each to three artists who had won a drawing competition judged by the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. The stipendium was established by Elisabeth Douglas and Gustaf Douglas, a Swedish billionaire investor, to celebrate the King's 70th birthday two years ago. 
 
The ceremony was held at Gustav III's Antiques Museum in the Royal Palace. The winners were André Olsson, Susan Whitlow, and Rut Karin Zettergren.
 
 

Under förmiddagen närvarade Kungaparet och Prins Carl Philip vid stipendieutdelningen i teckningstävlingen Den tänkande handen i Gustav III:s antikmuseum på Kungl. Slottet. Tävlingen ”Den tänkande handen – H.M. Konungens stipendietävling för unga tecknare” har varit öppen för unga tecknare som arbetar med visuell gestaltning inom konst, arkitektur, mode, design, illustration, spelutveckling eller annat besläktat område. Kungl. Konstakademien arrangerar tävlingen och ett tiotal tävlingsbidrag har därefter under våren visats upp i Gustav III:s antikmuseum. Under en ceremoni tillkännagavs under nationaldagen stipendiaterna: André Olsson, Susan Whitlow och Rut Karin Zettergren. Stipendiaterna belönades med 100 000 kronor ur en av Elisabeth och Gustaf Douglas instiftad stipendiefond med anledning av Kungens 70-årsdag. Prins Carl Philip ingick i den jury som utsett stipendiaterna. 📸: Henrik Garlöv/Kungahuset.se #dentänkandehanden #kungahuset #nationaldagen2018

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Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel then left Stockholm to visit the Strömsholm Palace on nearby Lake Mälaren, while Prince Carl Philip stayed at the Royal Palace to oversee the Changing of the Guards. 
 
 
At just before 6pm, the family reunited at the Royal Palace. 
 
 
They then left in horse-drawn carriages to make their way in procession around Stockholm's harbour to the Skansen open-air museum.  
 
 
The celebrations at Skansen's Solliden stage drew enormous crowds. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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