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Princess Madeleine to miss royal Christmas in Sweden


PHOTO: ANNA-LENA AHLSTRÖM, THE ROYAL COURT, SWEDEN

Following weeks of speculation over whether Princess Madeleine is to return to Sweden to celebrate Christmas, the Swedish Royal Court has now confirmed that the Princess will not be able to travel to Sweden for the rest of this year. It’s understood she wanted to celebrate Christmas with the royal family in Stockholm. However, that is not possible because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Princess Madeleine and her husband, Chris O’Neill, along with their three children Leonore, Nicolas and Adrienne live in the state of Florida in USA. Since the coronavirus crisis erupted, traveling between Europe and the Americas has been very difficult.

The Royal Court has now confirmed to the Swedish magazine “Svensk Damtidning” that Princess Madeleine would like to return to Sweden to celebrate her mother Queen Silvia’s birthday on 23 December and Christmas Eve on 24 December, but this will sadly not be able this year.

The Swedish Royal Family’s communications manager Margareta Thorgren, states the following to the Swedish magazine: “Princess Madeleine lives in Florida and there are stricter restrictions. The family respects them. Therefore, it is not possible for the princess to travel and they cannot come home for Christmas.”

For the past few years, Princess Madeleine and her family have resided in Miami, Florida where her husband works. They moved from London to the US in August 2018. The family also has a residence in Stockholm. The family usually visits Sweden several times each year. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the family has been unable to travel from the United States to Europe. As such, they also missed Sweden’s National Day celebrations on 6 June.

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Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written five books on historical subjects and more than 700 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.