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Princess Estelle celebrates her 12th birthday

Princess Estelle is now a tween!

The future queen of Sweden turned 12 on Friday and the Swedish Royal Court shared snaps of the young royal taken by her mother, Crown Princess Victoria, in January and February of this year.

A series of three photographs were shared on the Swedish Royal Court website and a short video was posted to their social accounts showing Princess Estelle outside near the Haga Palace, where the Crown Princess Family live.

Photo: HRH The Crown Princess/The Royal Court of Sweden

Princess Estelle is second in line to the Swedish throne and is the first female born into the line of succession whose place couldn’t be taken by the birth of a younger brother.

Her name, Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary, is in honour of many important women in the young royal’s life: Silvia and Ewa are her grandmothers (Queen Silvia and Ewa Westling), and Mary is after Queen Mary of Denmark, her godmother. The name Estelle is reportedly one that Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel liked and was particularly special to their family.

Princess Estelle is also the Duchess of Östergötland, granted the title by her grandfather, King Carl XVI Gustaf. He said at a press conference announcing her name in 2012, “I am sure that the Duchess will do her best to embrace the county of Östergötland.”

Photo: HRH The Crown Princess/The Royal Court of Sweden

Known for attending many family celebrations, in recent years, Princess Estelle has accompanied her parents on visits abroad, like Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s 18th birthday celebrations in 2022 and Crown Prince Christian’s 18th birthday celebrations last October.

The Royal Court notes that Princess Estelle is spending her birthday privately with her family, on the heels of her parents’ visit to California ending only 24 hours.

About author

Jess Ilse is the Assistant Editor at Royal Central. She specialises in the British, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish Royal Families and has been following royalty since Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee. Jess has provided commentary for media outlets in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Jess works in communications and her debut novel THE MAJESTIC SISTERS will publish in Fall 2024.