After winning gold at the World Championships, Sweden’s Men’s National Ice Hockey team were invited to the Royal Palace in Stockholm to meet Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Princess Estelle, Prince Oscar and Prince Carl Philip where Their Royal Highnesses were able to congratulate them on a job well done. Public celebrations were held later in the day at Sergel Square in Stockholm.
The team won the gold on Sunday in Cologne, Germany, defeating Canada in a shootout; the final score was 2-1. Well-known Swedish players who play in the National Hockey League in the United States and Canada were part of the winning team, led by New York Rangers goalie, Henrik Lundqvist. Lundqvist was presented with the Victoria Scholarship by the Crown Princess at her birthday celebrations last year on 14 July. It is awarded to a Swedish athlete each year that has represented Sweden well in their sport.
The team brought the World Championship trophy with them and took photos with the royals in the Royal Palace. One-year-old Prince Oscar, dressed in a Swedish ice hockey jersey, ran away after the image had been taken. His older sister, Princess Estelle, 5, took off after him and was able to help bring him to their mother.
This is not the first time Princess Estelle, who has been seen at many Swedish ice hockey games with her parents, got to meet Sweden’s Men’s National Ice Hockey Team. She was with her parents when they received the team after their World Championship win in 2013, as well.
Crown Princess Victoria is currently regent in the country while her father, King Carl XVI Gustaf and mother, Queen Silvia are on a state visit to Indonesia.