Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Royal Profile: Queen Silvia of Sweden

Queen Silvia of Sweden was born Silvia Renate Sommerlath the daughter of Walter & Alice Sommerlath on 23 December 1943 in Germany{Source}. 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{Source}. When she was 14 years of age, the family returned to West Germany{Source}.

She attended high school in Düsseldorf, Germany, where she graduated in 1963{Source}. From 1965-1969, she attended the Munich School of Interpreting, with a Spanish major{Source}. Upon graduation, she began working as an interpreter at the Argentinean Consulate in Munich Germany{Source}. 

In the early 1970s, she worked as a hostess trainer for the Organizing Committee for the Munich Olympic Games{Source}. Then took a position as Deputy Head of Protocol of the Organizing Committee for the Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria in 1976{Source}.

She and King Carl XVI Gustaf met at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich{Source}. They announced their engagement on 12 March 1976, and they were married on 19 June the same year{Source}.  Upon their marriage, they resided in an apartment at the Royal Palace of Stockholm, but with the birth of their youngest child, they moved to Drottningholm Palace{Source}. Together, they have three children, two sons-in-laws and a soon-to-be daughter in law, as well as two granddaughters and a soon-to-be grandchild{Source}:

Queen Silvia often attends to official trips in Sweden and abroad with her husband{Source}.She is a regular visitor to Sweden's authorities, schools, universities, participant in anniversary events, and openings and closings of major events{Source}. The Queen is fluent in several languages, including: Swedish, German, English, French, Spanish and Portuguese{Source}. 

As a newlywed, The Queen quickly grew to love the Swedish mountains{Source}. She enjoys skiing in the environs of the Royal Family's cottage in Storlien{Source}. Queen Silvia also has interests in gardening, theatre, horseback ridding, and waterskiing {Source}.

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