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Sweden’s Prince Nicolas visits duchy for first time

Sweden’s Prince Nicolas has officially visited his duchy for the first time.

He joined his parents, Princess Madeleine and Chris O’Neill, in Ångermanland to open Discovery Park at the Naturum Höga Kusten, a world heritage centre.

Prince Nicolas, who just marked his seventh birthday, officially inaugurated the park by unveiling a plaque and got to play on the slide, and his mother took a turn on the slide with him. There was also a discovery trip in the forest and crafts on the agenda for the young royal and his family.

Princess Madeleine later said it was “very fun to take part” in the activities alongside Nicolas.

The park is located near Skuleberget, a mountain in Sweden that has a nature reserve on it. Ice once covered the mountain over 10,000 years ago but has since melted away to expose the mountain seen today.

Afterwards, the trio visited the lookout point on Skuleberget and took a ride on the seat lift.

Discovery Park was given to Nicolas as a baptism gift for his christening seven years ago from the inhabitants of Västernorrland.

Governor Berit Högman said of the Prince’s visit on Tuesday, “We are very happy to welcome the Prince and his family to officially inaugurate the Discovery Park.

“I hope it will be a memorable opportunity for the prince, who arouses both playfulness and curiosity to learn and explore more of the High Coast and Ångermanland!”

The family recently travelled to Sweden from their Florida home for the summer. Princess Madeleine and her two daughters, Princesses Leonore and Adrienne, arrived a few days ahead of Chris O’Neill and Prince Nicolas as Nicolas had ear pain and could not fly with his mother and sisters earlier in the week.

About returning to Sweden, Princess Madeleine told Expressen, “We look forward to a wonderful summer in Sweden. It feels good; you can not always take that for granted anymore, after covid and when you have not been able to go home. You really appreciate being here every day.”

Prince Nicolas Paul Gustaf was born on 15 June in Sweden. His grandfather, King Carl XVI Gustaf, announced his name and ducal title of Duke of Ångermanland two days after his birth.

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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.