Princess Christina of Sweden, Mrs Magnuson is celebrating her 77th birthday today. The Princess will celebrate her birthday privately with her family.
She retired from public duties on her 75th birthday two years ago after many years of service to the crown. She spent 45 years in service of King and country after the deaths of her mother and grandfather.
Christina is the youngest of King Carl XVI Gustaf’s four older sisters. Princess Christina Louise Helena was born in Haga Palace in 1943 – three years before the birth of her younger brother.
The Princess was educated at the French School before studying at Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She later returned home to study at Stockholm University and worked for the Ministry for Foreign Affairs for a year and a half in their information department.
She is the only one of the King’s sisters who continued to work on behalf of the Royal Family.
Christina announced she was battling chronic leukaemia in 2016 and cut back on her duties during her treatment. The Princess underwent a successful stem cell transplant in early 2017 after other cancer treatments proved unsuccessful.
In 2010, Christina announced that she had undergone treatment for breast cancer – including three surgeries – and had beaten the disease. After defeating breast cancer, Christina devoted much of her time to bringing attention to cancer issues.
She married Tord Magnuson in 1974 at the Royal Chapel in Stockholm Palace; the pair had known each other since 1961. She lost her style of Royal Highness upon her marriage as under the Swedish constitution at the time required Swedish princesses to lose their style, title and place in the line of succession if they entered into a marriage with someone of unequal social rank.
Princess Christina and Tord have three sons: Gustaf, Oscar, and Victor.