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Princess Estelle’s birthday present now repaired after being exposed to vandalism

When Swedish Princess Estelle was born in 2012, she received an entire park as a birthday present from Linköping – Sweden’s seventh largest city. The park was named after the future Swedish Queen. In July this year, the park was vandalised, and several of the park’s children’s toys had been broken.

The park has now been fully restored and repaired. “It feels good that the swan is finally repaired and at its place,” said the responsible engineer at the City Environment Office, Carl Eriksson earlier this week to the Swedish newspaper, Svensk Damtidning.

Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar photographed in their home of Haga Palace. Erika Gerdemark / Kungahuset.se

Central in the park is now again a statue of a great swan. This had the head torn off, and several playgrounds in the park where also vandalised in July. It was the Swedish newspaper Corren who first mentioned the matter after receiving a tip. The Swedish police were at the park to try to find traces of the guilty ones who are still on the run in November.

Linköping was quick to start with the cleaning up and said to several Swedish newspapers that they are working to get the park back and operating as quickly as possible. Now, more than four months after the incident, the park is again ready, and all the statues are in place.

One of two images released for her 5th birthday. Photo: Anna-Lena Ahlström, The Royal Court, Sweden

The Princess has received many special gifts in her short life. Earlier this summer it became known, that the Princess would soon get a train named after her. The name was chosen by the readers of the newspaper Metro Sweden. The Royal Court has not officially announced anything yet, but it is expected that five-year-old Estelle will attend the inauguration of “her” train at the Stockholm Central Station in the autumn later this year.

Her Royal Highness Princess Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary was born on 23 February 2012 at Karolinska University Hospital in Solna, Sweden, to Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden. Her birth was celebrated with a 21-gun salute in Stockholm.

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