Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden’s 40th birthday will be celebrated over a two-day period and is set to break records. On Friday, 14 July, the celebrations will take place in Stockholm; on 15 July, they will be in Öland. The entire Swedish Royal Family is expected to be at the celebrations on both days.
Friday will begin with a Te Deum service in the Royal Chapel at Stockholm Palace. The Royal Court said, “Invited guests are the immediate family, representatives of the Riksdag, the Government and official Sweden, as well as the staff of the Royal Court.” The guests will then attend a reception in the garden of the palace called Logården. Gun salutes will take place at noon from Skeppsholmen and in Boden, Härnösand, Karlskrona, and Gothenburg. The Crown Princess Family will be taken from the palace in a horse-drawn carriage at 1 pm local time to the Royal Mews before more celebrations with all of the Royal Family continue at Borgholms IP that evening.
On Saturday, the traditional birthday celebrations for Victoria’s birthday will take place at Solliden Palace where King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar will greet the public. The Victoria Scholarship for sporting achievements will be awarded that day, as well. The traditional “Congratulations Crown Princess!” concert will take place in the evening. Last year was the first year that Princess Estelle attended this portion of her mother’s birthday celebrations.
Her birthday, called Victoriadagen in Sweden, is usually celebrated on the island of Öland and is always a popular event. However, celebrations for her 40th birthday are set to break records. Tickets for her birthday concert have already sold out. Swedish media has said this a record for how quickly the tickets were bought up. Norwegian duo Marcus and Martinus will perform, as will Marlena Ernman, Magnus Uggla and Jill Johnsson. All are very popular musicians in the Scandinavian country. Ernman and Uggla are said to be family favourites. The event is expected to be broadcast live.
Victoria was born on 14 July 1977 at Karolinska University Hospital in Solna, Sweden. At the time of her birth, she was only titled as Princess Victoria. Her younger brother was born as Crown Prince Carl Philip in 1979. However, the laws of succession were changed to absolute primogeniture in late 1979. The new law took effect on 1 January 1980 demoting Carl Philip and making her Crown Princess Victoria.