She spent her pre-teen and early teen years in Brazil where her father held various positions with Swedish companies that were based in Brazil. When she was 14 years of age, the family returned to West Germany. She attended high school in Düsseldorf, Germany, where she graduated in 1963. From 1965-1969, she attended the Munich School of Interpreting, with a Spanish major.
Upon graduation, she began working as an interpreter at the Argentinean Consulate in Munich Germany. In the early 1970s, she worked as a hostess trainer for the Organizing Committee for the Munich Olympic Games, and then took a position as Deputy Head of Protocol of the Organizing Committee for the Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria in 1976.
She and King Carl XVI Gustaf met at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. They announced their engagement on 12 March 1976, and they were married on 19 June the same year. Upon their marriage, they resided in an apartment at the Royal Palace of Stockholm, but with the birth of Princess Madeleine, they moved to Drottningholm Palace.
King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia have three children, a son-in-law, a future son-in-law and a granddaughter:
- Crown Princess Victoria
- Prince Daniel
- Princess Estelle
- Prince Carl Philip
- Princess Madeleine
- Mr. Christopher O'Neil
Queen Silvia often attends to official trips in Sweden and abroad with her husband. She is a regular visitor to Sweden's authorities, schools, universities, participant in anniversary events, and openings and closings of major events.
The Queen is fluent in several languages, including: Swedish, German, English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.