Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden took her six-year-old daughter, Princess Estelle – also a future queen – to get acquainted with the symbols of the Swedish monarch in the Treasury of the Royal Palace of Stockholm yesterday after school.
Items, which have been on display since the 1970s, Their Royal Highnesses were able to view included Karl (X) Gustav’s heirloom crown (which is also the Crown Princess’s crown that has been displayed at her christening and wedding), Queen Gunilla Bielke’s spire, and King Karl IX’s lubrication horn from 1606.
This regalia is not worn by members of the Swedish Royal Family, but rather, they are used by the family members by being placed on pillows at important ceremonies like christenings, weddings, and funerals. The Royal Court said this is done “to mark royal dignity and the importance of the act.”
Each member of the Royal Family has an assigned crown, like the one mentioned earlier regarding Crown Princess Victoria. Princess Estelle’s crown is “Prince Oskar’s (II) pine crown” from 1844, which she was able to view yesterday. She also saw the crowns of her aunt, Princess Madeleine and some of her cousins.
Sweden’s future queens were also able to see the silver baptism font that was used at both their christenings in 1977 for Victoria and in 2012 for Estelle. The font was made by Frenchman François Cousinet between 1696 and 1707.
Margareta Thorgen, Director of the Press Department, told Expressen that the visit was “exciting and interesting.”
“This was a visit that was made after school today, together with her mother. It was exciting and interesting to see these objects, which have a very great symbolic value,” Thorgen explained.
The regalia is owned by the Swedish government and looked after by Kammarkollegiet. They are on display all year round.