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Princess Estelle’s birthday present vandalised

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 coming Swedish Queen. Now the park has been vandalised and several of the park’s children’s toys are broken.

Central in the park was also a statue of a swan. This has had the head torn off and several playgrounds in the park are also vandalised. It was the Swedish newspaper Corren who first mentioned the matter after receiving a tips. The Swedish police have been in the park to try to find traces of the guilty ones who are still on the run.

Linköping has already started cleaning up and said to several Swedish newspapers that they are working to get the park back and operating as quickly as possible. However, it is not clear whether the well-known Swan statue will be put back in place. Linköping city council is now in dialogue with the artist who made the statue that was a gift to Princess Estelle, and it is still unclear what will happen to it.

Princess Estelle together with her younger brother Prince Oscar. Photo: Erika Gerdemark, 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 court has not officially announced anything yet, but it is expected that the 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.

Her name and title of Duchess of Östergötland were announced the next day by her grandfather, King Carl XVI Gustaf during a cabinet meeting.

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