Saturday, July 14, 2018

Royal Profile: Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden

Crown Princess Victoria Ingrid Alice Désirée of Sweden, Duchess of Västergötland was born 14 July 1977, and is the eldest child and oldest daughter of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. She has two younger siblings, and two siblings-in-law, a niece and two nephews{Source}:
  1. Prince Carl Phillip (1979)
    1. Princess Sofia (1984)
      1. Prince Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil of Sweden, The Duke of Södermanland (2016)
      2. Prince Gabriel Carl Walther of Sweden, The Duke of Dalarna (2017)
  2. Princess Madeline (1982)
    1. Mr. Christopher O'Neill
      1. Princess Leonore Lilian Maria of Sweden, The Duchess of Gotland (2014)
      2. Prince Nicolas Paul Gustaf of Sweden,The Duke of Angermanland (2015)
      3. Princess Adrienne Josephine Alice of Sweden, The Duchess of Blekinge  (2018)
She was baptized at the Palace Church on 27 September 1977 and given the names Victoria Ingrid Alice Désirée. Her godparents are:

  1. Ralf Sommerlath (maternal uncle)
  2. Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld (paternal aunt)
  3. King Harald V of Norway
  4. Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands

She was named in honor of various relatives.
  • Victoria: For her greatx2 grandmother, Princess Victoria of Baden & for her greatx4 paternal grandmother Queen Victoria
  • Ingrid: for her paternal great aunt, Queen Ingrid of Denmark
  • Alice: For her maternal grandmother, Alice Sommerlath
  • Désirée:  for her patenral aunt and godmother, Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld & her ancestorDésirée Clary, the queen-consort of Charles XIV John and a former fiancée of Napoleon I of France
She was educated in Sweden, France, and the United States. She began attending school at Västerled Parish Pre-school from 1982-84{Source}. In the fall of 1984, she began to attend Smedslättsskolan in Bromma, where she completed her junior level{Source}. She completed her intermediate level at Ålstenskolan in Bromma and went on to pursue senior studies, following a Science and Social Studies programme, at Enskilda Gymnasiet upper secondary school in Stockholm{Source}. She graduated from upper secondary school in June 1996. She spent that summer gaining knowledge of foreign languages by taking trips to the US and Germany{Source}. During the 1996-97 academic year, The Crown Princess studied French at the Centre International D'Études Françaises at the Université Catholique de L'Ouest in Angers, France{Source}. In 1997-1998, she followed a specially designed programme in order to gain a general insight into the workings of the Riksdag (the Swedish Parliament) and the Swedish Government and began academic studies in Political Science and History at Yale University in the USA in the spring of 1998{Source}.

She has tried to keep her private life-boyfriends and a battle with Anorexia- away from the public eye. Because of this, we are only aware of two confirmed boyfriends. The first was in the mid-1990s to 2001, Daniel Collert. The second was her now-husband, Daniel Westling in 2002. As for her eating disorder, she began suffering from Anorexia around 1996, and was confirmed in 1997. She moved to the United States in early 1998 to study at Yale University and receive professional help for her disorder away from the media.

Her engagement to Daniel Westling was approved and announced by the Swedish Courts on 24 February 2009{Source}. She married Daniel Westling, who became Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland on 19 June 2010{Source}. On 17 August 2011, it was announced that she and Prince Daniel were expecting their first child in March of 2012. In September 2015, they announced they were expecting their second child {Source}. Together, they have a son and a daughter, both of whom bear the titles HRH Prince/ss of Sweden and a duchary {Source}:
  1. Princess Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary of Sweden, The Duchess of Östergötland (2012)
  2. Prince Oscar Carl Olof of Sweden, The Duke of Skåne (2016)

She has 14 godchildren, including four future monarchs. Many of which served as bridesmaids or pageboys at her wedding in June 2010. These children include:

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