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Crown Princess Victoria opens children’s hospital

Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria attended a naming ceremony for a children’s hospital on Thursday. Located at Linköping University, the children’s hospital has been officially named H.K.H Kronprinsessan Victorias barn- och ungdomssjukhus. Translated into English: H.R.H Crown Princess Victoria’s Children’s and Youth Hospital in honour of the Crown Princess.

The Crown Princess arrived dressed fittingly in a blue suit and a blouse by Camilla Thulin with a teddy bear print. Two current patients of the hospital, Vidar (10) and Siri (7), helped Her Royal Highness reveal the hospital’s name.

The hospital treats terminally ill children. Victoria, a mother of two, spent time playing with the children. She also took time to view the arts and crafts projects they created.

Photo: @Kungahuset/Instagram

Ditte Pehrsson Lindell, Director of Care and Deputy Director and Deputy Regional Director said in a press release: “It is a great honour for the University Hospital to get to use Crown Princess Victoria’s name. The child and youth hospital has been working for many years to create a strong and comprehensive highly specialised healthcare for children and youth throughout the southeastern healthcare region. The name strengthens child care and its important role within the University Hospital. We are looking forward to the new name and look forward to showcasing the activities of the Crown Princess.”

Later that same day, the Crown Princess changed from her formal attire into more casual wear. She donned a pair of bootcut jeans – a rare outfit seen on any royal. She joined several students from Brooks School on a walk through Tinnerö Nature Reserve.

The reserve is over seven kilometres and was once a military training ground south of the city before becoming a protected public nature reserve. Tinnerö has a varied agricultural landscape with meadows and woodland pastures.

This was Her Royal Highness’s third walk throughout Sweden this year.

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