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Princess Estelle taken to Bernadotte Library by grandfather and mother



On Monday, Princess Estelle was taken to the Bernadotte Library in the Royal Palace by her grandfather, King Carl XVI Gustaf and mother, Crown Princess Victoria to learn more about her family’s history.

The Bernadotte Library holds hundreds of thousands of books relating to the Bernadotte dynasty with many books being written by the royals themselves. King Karl XIV Johan (the first Bernadotte king), Gustaf VI Adolf and Queen Louise all have literature in the library. There are over 800,000 photographs in the archives, as well.

The King, Crown Princess and Princess Estelle look at a map of a city plan from 1818. Photo: Sara Friberg / Kungl. Royal Court

In this year’s SVT programme, “Året med kungafamiljen” (or “Year with the Royal Family” in English), King Carl XVI Gustaf admitted that he has not kept journals or writings like several of his predecessors. So, it is unlikely that we will see writings of His Majesty in the Bernadotte Library in the future.

It remains to be seen if Crown Princess Victoria and/or Princess Estelle, who will turn seven next month, will follow in their ancestors’ footsteps and write about their tenures as monarchs when that day comes.

The Crown Princess and Princess Estelle look at Queen Victoria’s (1862-1930) private photographs from a trip to Egypt. Photo: Sara Friberg / Kungl. Royal Court

Photo: Sara Friberg / Kungl. Royal Court

The Royal Court released several images from Monday’s private visit.

Earlier this month, Crown Princess Victoria took her daughter to the vaults below the Royal Palace to view and learn about the symbols of the Swedish monarchy.

Photo: Sara Friberg / Kungl. Royal Court

Photo: Sara Friberg / Kungl. Royal Court

Photo: Sara Friberg / Kungl. Royal Court

The Bernadotte Library was initially constructed to be a Swedish national library and was completed in 1796.



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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites.