Following years of tradition, the Swedish Royal Court has released an image of Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar for National Day this morning. As usual, young Estelle is dressed in the yellow, blue and white national dress of Sweden; she will appear alongside her parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles later today in a carriage procession in the outfit matching all the other female members of the Swedish Royal Family. The carriage ride takes place each year as the family travels to Skansen Museum.
The photo was taken this year by Linda Broström at the family’s home at Haga Palace. Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel regularly release images of their two children to the media. The pictures are beloved in Sweden as the Swedish people feel they get the opportunity to watch the children – including a future Queen Estelle – grow up.
Princess Estelle, Duchess of Östergötland, was born 23 February 2012 at Karolinska University Hospital in Solna, Sweden. Prince Oscar, Duke of Skåne, was born 2 March 2016 at the same hospital. They are second and third in line, respectively, to the Swedish throne.
Since 2013, the Royal Court has released a photo of Princess Estelle dressed in the traditional blue, yellow, and white Swedish costume in celebration of the holiday. Once Prince Oscar was born, he was included in the images, as well.
The Royal Family participates in the festivities each year. These include the opening of Stockholm Palace to the public, a Swedish citizenship ceremony, a carriage ride through the streets of Stockholm, an appearance by the family at the Skansen Museum, and a reception in the evening.
The full schedule of events and who will be where can be found here. King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Sofia, Princess Madeleine and Chris O’Neill have been confirmed to participate. The Royal Court never confirms the attendance of the children ahead of time, but it is expected that at least Estelle will make an appearance. It is possible that her younger cousin, four-year-old Princess Leonore make take her first carriage ride to Skansen Museum later today.