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Prince Daniel of Sweden’s year, in photos

Prince Daniel of Sweden
Elisabeth Toll, Kungl. Hovstaterna

Prince Daniel of Sweden celebrates his birthday on September 15th and he’s got an eventful year to look back on.

Olof Daniel Westling was born on September 15th 1973, the same day that his father-in-law became King of Sweden. Daniel married Crown Princess Victoria on June 19th 2010 and since then, he has carved a royal role all of his own. Known for his support for business, sports and young people, Daniel is committed to a range of good causes and carries out a wide range of engagements. On his 48th birthday, Royal Central looks back at his past year, in photos.

Supporting Sweden during hard times

As he marked his 47th birthday, in September 2020, Daniel was in the middle of a busy round of engagements as life seemed to be returning to some kind of normality following the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Along with Crown Princess Victoria, he visited arts venues, hospitals and businesses to see how the global health crisis had impacted them. He also joined the King and Queen of Sweden for a meeting with the country’s Prime Minister.

Christmas Cheer

Daniel joined Victoria and their children, Estelle and Oscar, to send several Christmas messages as the festive season took hold. Just ahead of the big day, the family helped to distribute gifts to those in need in Stockholm.

Black Tie Night Out at Home

The pandemic meant that many events had to take place digitally over the winter but that didn’t stop Prince Daniel from bringing a bit of royal glamour to the party. In January, he took part in a sports awards alongside his brother-in-law, Prince Carl Philip, with both royals choosing tuxes to present prizes from their front rooms.

Working from home

We got to see a lot of Daniel’s home during the early months of 2021 as the prince carried out a string of digital meetings as the pandemic continued. Among his engagements was work with

National Day celebrations

After the isolated events of 2020, the Swedish Royal Family was able to participate more fully in celebrations marking their country’s National Day. Daniel joined his wife and children for a special photo marking the moment.

A proud papa

In June 2021, Prince Daniel oversaw the unveiling of a new sculpture at Rosendal, presented by the Princess Estelle Foundation. The evening before the inauguration, he and Victoria took Estelle along to see the artwork.

Family Reunions

The whole Swedish Royal Family was reunited for the first time since the pandemic in the summer of 2021. Daniel joined them for a very happy summer photo.

In the weeks before his 48th birthday, Prince Daniel took up a busy schedule which saw him inaugurate a new art gallery, meet people benefitting from the Fellowship that bears his name and support businesses. He also headed out on a visit to Vastra Gotaland with Victoria to see how the pandemic has affected life there.

It’s expected that Prince Daniel will mark his birthday privately although an official image may be shared. The year ahead looks just as busy and important for the man born on the day a new king took the throne in Sweden and who grew up to play an integral part in the reign that began that day.

About author

Lydia Starbuck is Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton, a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. June has been a reporter, producer and editor, picking up several awards over the years. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.