Yesterday afternoon, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Princess Estelle, Prince Oscar and Prince Carl Philip received the men’s Swedish National Ice Hockey Team (Tre Kronor or Three Crowns) in Lovisa Ulrika’s Dining Room at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. The team just returned from Denmark earlier that day where they came out victorious in the World Championships for the second year in a row; this was their 11th World Championship and the third world title in the past six years.
Sweden defeated Switzerland for the gold medal with the United States facing off against and defeating Canada for bronze 4-1. Sweden won 3-2 after a penalty shootout. Sweden’s Forward Filip Forsberg (star and the alternate captain of the National Hockey League’s Nashville Predators in North America) scored the winning goal.
The Crown Princess Family and Prince Carl Philip congratulated the team and greeted each player one by one – just as they had done in 2017. The team brought the World Championship trophy that two-year-old Prince Oscar and six-year-old Princess Estelle seemed thrilled to get a peek at. Little Oscar was dressed in a Swedish national team jersey featuring the Three Crowns (the national emblem of Sweden) and Estelle later put on one of the jerseys. Both sweaters were autographed with the players’ signatures; Prince Oscar was given his after the team’s win in 2017. However, Princess Estelle was given hers yesterday.
Swedish player Mika Zibanejad told Expressen that the visit was “amazing” and a “great honour” which he said was “impossible to describe.”
The Swedish Royal Family are huge ice hockey fans and are commonly seen at games in Sweden cheering on the yellow and blue.