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2016 Victoriadagen Celebrates Crown Princess Victoria’s 39th Birthday

On 14 July 2016 the Swedish Royal Family gathered to celebrate the 39th birthday of Crown Princess Victoria.

The day began like any other Victoriadagen, with the Crown Princess and her parents greeting crowds outside Solliden Palace. Victoria was also joined by her husband, Prince Daniel, four-year-old daughter Princess Estelle, and to the delight of the crowd, her four-month-old son Prince Oscar. The King led the crowd in a song and cheer and the Crown Princess took to the mic to thank the gathered people, then the family began their walk about. Princess Estelle was excited to receive a pink, heart- shaped balloon from a well-wisher, and Prince Oscar seemed quizzical about his surroundings as he was passed between his mother and father. The gathered crowd seemed excited to greet the Crown Princess and showered Victoria with cards, flowers, and beaded jewellery.

In the evening was the yearly “Grattis Kronprinsessan!” (Congratulations Crown Princess!) concert and to everyone’s surprise Princess Estelle attended for the first time. Other attendees, besides Estelle and her parents, included the King, Queen, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Sofia, Princess Madeleine and Chris O’Neill. Princess Estelle appeared wearing a pair of bright pink headphones to protect her ears from the loud music she was sitting right in front of.

The line up for 2016’s concert included Jon Henrik Fjällgren, Charlotte Perrelli and Frans, who represented Sweden at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest held in Stockholm, and performed his Eurovision song, If I Was Sorry, which placed 5th in the competition. The family seemed to enjoy the concert and was often seen clapping or dancing along to the acts. The host joked around with them which amused the King especially, as well as mentioning the births of Princes Oscar and Alexander. The concert ended with all the acts and the crowd singing the birthday song to the Crown Princess. The Royal Family (including Princess Estelle) then thanked and shook hands with some of the people who had come out to the concert.

This year the annual Victoria Scholarship was awarded to Henrik Lundqvist, a hockey goalkeeper who won Olympic gold and silver representing Sweden in 2006 and 2014 respectively, and currently plays in the National Hockey League for the New York Rangers. He was presented the scholarship midway through the concert by Victoria. The Scholarship is awarded annually to an athlete who has represented Sweden well in their sport. As well as the scholarship, the concert is a fundraiser for the Victoria Fund which helps provided activities and support for people with developmental disorders, and throughout the concert, there are videos showing how the money helps. Viewers at home are also encouraged to donate throughout the broadcast.

 Victoriadagen is known for its fun and lightheartedness and this year was no exception. Seeing Prince Oscar make his debut at Solliden and Princess Estelle attending the concert for the first time will no doubt help make this Victoriadagen one of the most memorable in recent times. The concert was an enjoyable mix of instrumental and traditional music as well as more popular music, with Frans performing three songs in total. Next year Victoria will be turning 40, and hopefully, this wonderful event will be bigger and better than ever.

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