Today festivities all over Sweden are taking place as the country celebrates Nationaldagen or its National Day. Of course, the Swedish Royal Family is out in full force to join in the celebrations. Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar have already wished everyone a happy National Day with three new photos, as is the tradition.
On the 6th of June, Sweden celebrates its National Day. On this day the Swedes remember the election of King Gustaf Vasa which is considered the moment on which modern Sweden was founded. On this day, the country officially split from Denmark.
This morning, Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar sent everyone their National Day greetings as the Royal Court released three new pictures of the children of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel. In the photographs, Princess Estelle can be seen wearing Sweden’s National Costume, designed by her grandmother Queen Silvia.
The images were taken in the gardens of Haga Palace, the home of the Crown Princess Family. The Swedish Royal Family established this new tradition of releasing pictures of the children of Crown Princess Victoria on the morning of the National Day after the birth of Estelle.
This morning, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia opened the gates of the Royal Palace of Stockholm to visitors. In honour of National Day, visitors are able to visit the Palace for free. There are different activities for children; there is music, food and an information stand about the World Childhood Foundation. In the information stand of the WCF, the children’s book of Princess Madeleine, “Stella och hemligheten” was sold. The Princess also signed the copies of the book in the late afternoon.
Meanwhile, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia celebrated National Day in Dalarna. The King and Queen first visited Borlänge, where they were shown around in Alice Lund Textiles and met with the people who had gathered to see them. They ended their visit to Dalarna in Ludvika where they officially welcomed new Swedish citizens during a ceremony with music and speeches. Then, the Royal Couple lunched with invited guests.
In the early afternoon, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel stepped out of their home, Haga Palace to join in the festivities in honour of the National Day with their neighbours. In Haga Park, a big, early summer concert was held with participants of the Royal Opera and school children. The Crown Princess Couple also saw a ballet performance, and the Crown Princess gave a speech.
Later today, the King, Queen, Crown Princess Couple, Prince Couple and Princess Madeleine will attend the traditional National Day Concert in Skansen. They will arrive by horse and carriage, and it is expected that Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar will join their parents in the carriage.
This evening, the King and Queen will host guests for a reception to end the National Day festivities.