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Crown Princess Victoria celebrates 44th birthday with traditional celebration


Photo: Erika Gerdemark/Kungahuset.se

Crown Princess Victoria marked her 44th birthday this year with the traditional Victoriadagen concert from Borgholm Castle alongside members of her family.

The Crown Princess was joined by her husband, Prince Daniel, and their two children, Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar. King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Madeleine and Chris O’Neill were also in attendance.

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The family enjoyed performances by Sabina Ddumba, Benjamin Ingrosso, Smith and Tell, Sofia Jannok, Moonica Mac and Björn Dixgård and Daniel Haglund from Mando Diao. Special guests for the Victoria concert were the Augusti family under the leadership of Stefan Sporén.

This year’s scholarship, the Victoria Prize, went to speed skater Nils van der Poe who set a world record this year in the 10,000m speed skating. He also won the 5000m event at the World Championship in February – bringing Sweden its first medal in 38 years. The Victoria Prize is handed out each year to a Swedish athlete who has excelled in their sport.

In honour of Crown Princess Victoria’s birthday, a fundraiser was held by Radio Aid for Crown Princess Victoria’s Fund, which helps provide support for children in Sweden with disabilities or chronic illnesses.

Sports tournaments, adapted to follow current guidelines due to the ongoing global health emergency, were held in Sweden, and the Armed Forces fired their traditional salutes for the Crown Princess from Skeppsholmen in Stockholm, Kungshall in Karlskrona, Skansen Lejonet in Gothenburg, Kusthöjden in Härnösand and Kvarnängen in Boden.

Usually, Victoria and her family meet the public in the courtyard of Solliden Palace on Öland, but it had to be cancelled for the second year in a row due to the global crisis.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.