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Photo released after 80th birthday celebrations of Princess Birgitta of Sweden

Yesterday, the Swedish Royal Family celebrated the 80th birthday of Princess Birgitta of Sweden at a private party at Drottningholm Palace. Princess Birgitta told Swedish Women’s Weekly before the celebrations, “I look forward to it, I hope the party tonight is fantastic!”

Last night after the party, the Royal Court of Sweden released a new image of Princess Birgitta with her siblings: King Carl XVI Gustaf, 70, Princess Christina, 73, Princess Désirée, 78, and Princess Margareta, 82.

Drottningholm Palace, 19 January 2017. Princess Birgitta turns 80. (L-R) Princess Margareta, Mrs. Ambler, H. M. King Carl XVI Gustaf, H.R.H. Princess Birgitta of Sweden, Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld, Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson. Photo: Jonas Borg/Kungahuset.se

According to Expressen, Princess Madeleine and her family arrived in Stockholm from London on 18 January to attend the celebrations, but only Madeleine was seen at the evening party at the Palace. Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia are still on holiday and were unable to attend. Crown Princess Victoria was said to have helped organise the celebrations, but she and her family were out of the country and unable to attend, as well.

The family was no doubt happy to have Princess Christina be well enough to attend the evening party after having to pull out of the birthday luncheon yesterday afternoon. She was diagnosed with chronic leukaemia in October 2016. She has been undergoing treatment since mid-October last year and is said to be doing “relatively well” according to Queen Silvia.

Princess Birgitta of Sweden, Princess of Hohenzollern was born on 19 January 1937 as the second daughter of Prince Gustaf Adolf and Princess Sibylla of Sweden. Princess Birgitta grew up in a family with four sisters and one brother – the now King Carl XVI Gustaf. The family of Prince Gustaf Adolf and Princess Sibylla lived at Haga Slott (Haga Palace), and therefore, Birgitta and her four sisters are called the Hagasessorna (Haga sisters) by the media and the public. Tragedy struck in 1947 for the family when their father was killed in a plane crash in Denmark.

On 25 May 1961, Princess Birgitta married Prince Johann Georg “Hansi” of Hohenzollern in a civil ceremony in Stockholm. Their religious wedding took place a few days later in Sigmaringen, Germany, the groom’s family place. The couple split up in 1990 but remained married until Hansi’s death in March 2016.

Additional reporting by Laura Dekkers

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