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Scandinavian heirs to throne bond over weekend in Sweden

Johan Hellström, The Royal Court of Sweden

The Crown Princess Family of Sweden and Crown Prince Family of Norway bonded last weekend in Gotland, Sweden.

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway and their elder child, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, travelled to Gotland in Sweden to spend time with Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and her husband, Prince Daniel and their two children, Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar.

Both royal houses released a photo from the weekend with the Royal Court of Sweden saying, “The Crown Princess Family appreciated being able to spend time with their Norwegian friends and relatives, as well as having the opportunity to show them this unique part of Sweden.”

The Norwegian Royal Court said: “The Crown Prince Couple and Princess Ingrid Alexandra spent some beautiful late summer days on Gotland in the Baltic Sea last weekend, together with the Swedish Crown Princess Family…[they] greatly appreciated the visit to Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel.”

Crown Princess Victoria, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Prince Daniel, Prince Oscar, Crown Prince Haakon, Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Princess Estelle. Johan Hellström, The Royal Court of Sweden

The families are known to have a close friendship and are closely related. Crown Prince Haakon’ of Norway s grandmother was a Princess of Sweden; both he and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden descend from King Oscar II of Sweden and Norway who reigned from 1872 to 1905 (Norway) and 1907 (Sweden).

Crown Princess Victoria is known to be close friends with Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit. She is the godmother of Princess Ingrid Alexandra and chose Haakon and Mette-Marit to be the godparents of Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar, respectively.

Ingrid Alexandra also served as a bridesmaid in Victoria and Daniel’s 2010 Stockholm wedding.

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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 including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.