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Queen Silvia talks about “happy and curious” Estelle

Queen Silvia has spoken about her eldest grandchild, five-year-old Princess Estelle to Swedish news, Svenskdam. The Queen has called her grandchildren “life’s dessert” in the past.

She is a very proud grandmother and always happy to share information and tidbits about her grandchildren’s lives. She makes sure to spend quality time with them and even picks up Estelle occasionally from pre-school. During the summer months, Silvia takes Estelle to the strawberry patch and sandbox at Solliden Palace.

Her Majesty remarked that the young princess, who just turned five on the 23rd, is “so alert, interested, happy and curious. She is just like her mother [Crown Princess Victoria] when she was little.” 

About her young life in the spotlight, Silvia commented, “And she’s adorable and funny and alert – and the parents put out pictures of her. But they always do it in a protected manner, always the same photographer. She can handle it well. All children might not make it, but she does.

“She does things that you see that she really understood, and sometimes she is a step ahead.”

The King, for his part, has described Princess Estelle as “irresistible,” and the Princess is known to charm those she meets and is clearly adored by her entire family.

The Queen echoed Victoria’s comments from late last year about how good an older sister Estelle is to her baby brother, Oscar, saying, “She is special, of course. She is overprotective and very sweet to him. It feels good when you see the two together.”

The Swedish Royal Family in July 2016. Photo: Photo: Anna-Lena Ahlström/

Queen Silvia and King Carl XVI Gustaf have five grandchildren: five-year-old Princess Estelle and almost one-year-old Prince Oscar through their daughter Crown Princess Victoria and her husband, Prince Daniel; three-year-old Princess Leonore and one-year-old Prince Nicolas through their daughter Princess Madeleine and her husband, Chris O’Neill; and ten-month-old Prince Alexander through their son, Prince Carl Philip and his wife, Princess Sofia.

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