This afternoon Crown Princess Victoria visited the exhibition “Vivat Regina” at Stockholm Cathedral. For the occasion, the Crown Princess brought along her two children: Princess Estelle (nearly 6) and Prince Oscar (almost 2).
Crown Princess Victoria, Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar were received by the chaplain of the cathedral, Ulf Lindgren. He gave the Crown Princess and her children a tour through the exhibition. The exhibition “Vivat Regina” shows the national treasures and jewels used at Queen Kristina’s crowning in 1650.
The visit to the exhibition was unannounced and without any media attention so that the Crown Princess and her children were able to enjoy the display quietly. The Royal Court did supply some pictures after the visit was over.
Queen Kristina was crowned on the 20th of October 1650 at Storkyrkan or Stockholm Cathedral, and it is at the same place the exhibition can be seen this spring. It is a unique display as very few countries have preserved their crowning treasures from the Baroque period. It is a collaboration between the Swedish church and the Royal Armoury.
Queen Kristina was born as the daughter of King Gustaf II and Queen Maria Eleonora in 1626. She was Queen of Sweden from 1644-1654. She was a rather remarkable Queen and best known for her abdication in 1654. Queen Kristina abdicated and converted to Catholicism. She spent the rest of her life in Rome and died in 1689.
Especially Princess Estelle, who celebrates her 6th birthday tomorrow, looked very impressed as the chaplain told stories about the crowning. One-year-old Oscar seemed to be a little too young to understand what was going on. It is not the first time Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel have brought their children on official duties. They try to involve their children in their work as much as possible. Last month Estelle and Oscar also met the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as the couple made an official visit to Sweden.