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Crown Princess Victoria undertakes military manoeuvres

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden
Photo by Sara Friberg/Kungl. Hovstaterna

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden has always shown a great interest for the Swedish Armed Forces.

Last Friday, the Crown Princess visited the Life Regiment’s Hussars and the Soldiers’ Home in the city of Karlsborg. The Crown Princess was welcomed in the morning by the regimental commander, Colonel Ola Barvér, who began by telling about the activities at the Life Regiment’s Hussars and Karlsborg’s garrison.

The Life Regiment’s Hussars in Karlsborg include a light shooting battalion and an intelligence battalion. The Swedish Armed Forces’ survival school, the Swedish Armed Forces’ parachute operations and an aircraft with responsibility for remote-controlled flying vessels are also located at the military camp.

At the Swedish Armed Forces’ survival school, the Crown Princess was received by Chief Major Jonas Månsson, who told about their activities. Major Månsson also awarded Crown Princess Victoria the new educational badge for survival instructors. The Crown Princess has previously trained as a survival instructor at the school.

During lunch, the Crown Princess visited the Soldiers’ Home in Karlsborg, which this year celebrates its 100th anniversary. The Crown Princess is a patron of the Swedish Soldiers’ Home Association and the Soldiers’ Home’s chairman, Pastor Pernilla Tapper, and Soldiers’ Home Director Elisabeth Kindbom informed Her Royal Highness about the activities and their function for soldiers and veterans.

After lunch, the Crown Princess visited the aviation unit where Major Nicklas Fredriksson explained their activities, and the Crown Princess was given a tour of the remote-controlled craft, also known as RPAS. Crown Princess Victoria was also offered a chance to help manoeuvre a remote-controlled craft under the supervision of a pilot.

In conclusion of the visit, Victoria visited the paratrooper squadron at the 32nd Intelligence Battalion, where technical chief, Lieutenant Colonel Per-Allan Andersson, told about their operation. The Crown Princess had the opportunity to talk to the paratroopers and get an overview of equipment and the various functions that exist at the squadron. Finally, the Crown Princess test drove one of the parachute squadron’s six-wheelers on the terrain course.

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written five books on historical subjects and more than 700 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.