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Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden

Crown Princess of Sweden,
Duchess of Västergötland
Crown Princess Victoria, June 8, 2013.
Spouse Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland
Issue Princess Estelle, Duchess of Östergötland
Full name
Victoria Ingrid Alice Désirée
House House of Bernadotte
Father Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden
Mother Silvia Sommerlath
Born (1977-07-14) 14 July 1977
Karolinska University Hospital,
Solna, Sweden
Religion Church of Sweden
Swedish Royal Family

HM The King
HM The Queen

HRH Princess Birgitta

Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, Duchess of Västergötland (Victoria Ingrid Alice Désirée; born 14 July 1977), is the eldest child and heir apparent of King Carl XVI Gustaf. If she ascends to the throne as expected, she will be Sweden's fourth queen regnant (after Margaret, Christina and Ulrika Eleonora) and the first since 1720.


  • Early life 1
  • Education 2
  • Change in status 3
  • Declaration of majority 4
  • Royal duties 5
  • The Crown Princess's household 6
  • The Crown Princess Victoria Fund 7
  • Personal life 8
    • Engagement 8.1
    • Wedding 8.2
    • Motherhood 8.3
    • Health 8.4
  • Titles, styles, and honours 9
    • Titles and styles 9.1
    • Swedish honours 9.2
    • Foreign honours 9.3
  • Ancestry 10
  • References 11
  • Further reading 12
  • External links 13

Early life

Victoria was born on 14 July 1977 at 21:45 CET[1] in the Karolinska University Hospital in Solna, Stockholm County, Sweden, and is the oldest child of King Carl XVI Gustaf and German-born Queen Silvia (born Silvia Renate Sommerlath). She is a member of the Royal House of Bernadotte. Born as a Princess of Sweden, she was designated Crown Princess in 1979 (SFS 1979:932) ahead of her younger brother. Her place as first in the line of succession formally went into effect on 1 January 1980 with the parliamentary change to the Act of Succession that introduced absolute primogeniture. She is one of the only three female heirs apparent in the world – the other two being her goddaughters Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange and Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant.

Her given names honour various relatives. Her first name comes primarily from her great-great-grandmother, Victoria of Baden, the queen-consort of Sweden as wife of King Gustaf V. Her other names honour her great-aunt Ingrid of Denmark; her maternal grandmother, the Brazilian Alice Sommerlath (born Alice Soares de Toledo); and her ancestor Désirée Clary, the queen-consort of Charles XIV John and a former fiancée of Napoleon I of France as well as her paternal aunt and godmother, Princess Desiree.

She was christened at The Royal Palace Church on 27 September 1977. Her godparents are King Harald V of Norway, her maternal uncle, Ralf Sommerlath, Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, and her aunt Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld.

Victoria herself is godmother to:[2]

  • Vivien Sommerlath, her cousin, daughter of Victoria's uncle Jörg Sommerlath and Simone Junge.
  • Giulia Sommerlath, daughter of Victoria's cousin Thomas Sommerlath and Susanne Sommerlath
  • Prince Constantine Alexios of Greece and Denmark, born 29 October 1998.
  • Baroness Madeleine von Dincklage, born 15 March 1999, daughter of Victoria's cousin Baroness Sybilla von Dincklage and Baron Cornelius von Dincklage.
  • Leopold Lundén Sommerlath, son of Victoria's cousin, Patrick Sommerlath and Camilla Lundén.
  • Ian de Geer, son of Victoria's cousin Baroness Kristina-Louisa Silfverschiöld and Baron Hans de Geer.
  • The Princess of Orange (Catharina-Amalia Beatrix Carmen Victoria), born 7 December 2003,
  • Ian Persson, son of Victoria's friend, Leonie Persson.
  • Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway, born 21 January 2004.
  • Prince Christian of Denmark, Count of Monpezat, born 15 October 2005.
  • Diana Agnes Astrid Engsäll, daughter of Victoria's friend, Andrea Engsäll.
  • Isabella Chloé Nilsson, daughter of her friends Caroline Kreuger Nilsson and Jesper Nilsson.
  • Princess Eléonore of Belgium (Eléonore Fabiola Victoria Anne Marie), born 16 April 2008.
  • Princess Leonore, Duchess of Gotland (Leonore Lilian Maria), born 20 February 2014[3]
  • Princess Katharina of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (Katharina Victoria Elizabeth Cheryl), born 30 April 2014, daughter of Victoria's second cousin Hereditary Prince Hubertus of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha[4]


Victoria studied for a year (1996/97) at the Université Catholique de l'Ouest at Angers in France, and in the fall term of 1997 participated in a special program following the work of the Riksdag. From 1998 to 2000, Victoria resided in the United States, where she studied various subjects at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.[5]

In May 1999, she was an intern at the Swedish Embassy in Washington, D.C. Victoria completed a study program at the Government Offices in 2001. In 2003, Victoria's education continued with visits to Swedish businesses, a study and intern program in agriculture and forestry, as well as completion of the basic soldier training at SWEDINT (the Swedish Armed Forces International Centre).

In 2006, Victoria enrolled in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Diplomat Program, running from September 2006 to June 2007. The program is a training program for young future diplomats and gives an insight to the ministry's work, Swedish foreign and security policies and Sweden's relations with the rest of the world. In June 2009, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Uppsala University.

She speaks Swedish, English, French and German.[6]

Change in status

She was made Crown Princess and heir apparent on 1 January 1980 by the 1979 change to the Act of Succession of 1810 (Successionsordningen). This constitutional reform meant that the throne would be inherited by the monarch's eldest child without regard to gender. The retroactive constitutional change was apparently not supported by her father King Carl XVI Gustaf, who favored his son as heir apparent because he was born as such.[7]

When she became heir, she also was made titular Duchess of Västergötland, one of the historical provinces of Sweden.

Prior to this constitutional change, the heir apparent to the throne was her younger brother, the then-Crown Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland. He is now third in line to the throne, behind the Crown Princess's daughter.

Declaration of majority

Victoria's declaration of majority took place in the Hall of State at the Royal Palace of Stockholm on 14 July 1995. As of the day she turned 18, she became eligible to act as Head of State when the King is not in country. Victoria made her first public speech on this occasion. Located on the dais in the background was the same silver throne that her father used at his enthronement, in symbolic use since 1650.

Royal duties

Countries visited officially by Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden

As heir apparent to the throne, Victoria is a working member of the Swedish Royal Family with her own agenda of official engagements. Victoria attends the regular Advisory Council on Foreign Affairs and the information councils with Government ministers headed by the King, and steps in as a temporary regent (Riksföreståndare) when needed. Victoria also takes part in the regular official dinners hosted by the King and Queen, state visits to Sweden, high level and official visits from foreign dignitaries, the opening of the Riksdag (Parliament), celebrations of the Swedish National Day and the annual Nobel Prize festivities.

Victoria has made many official trips abroad as a representative of Sweden. Her first major official visit on her own was to Japan in 2001, where she promoted Swedish tourism, design, music, gastronomy and environmental sustainability during the "Swedish Style" event. That same year, Victoria also travelled to the West Coast of the United States, where she participated in the celebrations of the Nobel centenary.

In 2002, she paid official visits to Kosovo where she visited Camp Victoria, the United States, Spain, Uganda and Ethiopia. In 2003, she made official visits to Egypt and the United States. In early 2004, she paid an official visit to Saudi Arabia, as a part of a large official business delegation from Sweden, and in October 2004, she travelled to Hungary.

Crown Princess Victoria at Skultuna Messingsbruk with the managing director Viktor Blomqvist

In January 2005, Victoria made a long official visit to Ankara and Swedish Trade Council in Istanbul. Victoria also visited the historic sights such as the Blue Mosque, Topkapı Palace and Hagia Sophia. This was the first official Royal visit from Sweden to Turkey since 1934. In September 2005, she made an official visit to China.

In March 2006, Victoria made an official visit to Brazil where she followed the Volvo Ocean Race and visited projects supported by the World Childhood Foundation, such as the Abrigo Rainha Sílvia. In December, she paid a four-day official visit to Paris where she attended a French-Swedish soirée arranged by the Swedish Chamber of Commerce, the Swedish Trade Council and the Swedish Embassy, during which she also awarded the Prix d’Excellence 2006. The visit to Paris also included events with the Swedish Club in Paris, attendance at a church service in the Sofia Church (the Swedish church in Paris), a study visit to the OECD headquarters and meetings with the Secretary-General José Ángel Gurría, the Swedish Ambassador to the OECD, Gun-Britt Andersson, and other senior officials. She also attended a gala dinner hosted by La Fondation Pour L’Enfance at Versailles.

State visits, in which she has participated in Sweden are Austria 1997, South Africa 1999, France 2000, Germany 2003, Jordan 2003, Latvia 2005, Malaysia 2005, Republic of Botswana 2006, China 2007, Brazil 2007, Bulgaria 2007, Serbia 2008 ; abroad Finland 1996 (her first), Belgium 2001, Finland 2003, Iceland 2004, Denmark 2007.

She is a member of the Honorary Board of the International Paralympic Committee.[8]

The Crown Princess's household

Crown Princess Victoria was given her own household in October 2004.[9] The Crown Princess's household is headed by the Marshal of the Court, and serves to coordinate the official engagements of The Crown Princess.

The Crown Princess Victoria Fund

Crown Princess Victoria on the National Day of Sweden, 2006

The Crown Princess Victorias Fund was set up in 1997 and is run as a part of Radiohjälpen, the fundraising branch of Sveriges Television and Sveriges Radio. The fund’s aim is to provide support for leisure and recreational activities for children and young people with functional disabilities or chronic illnesses. Applications can be addressed to the fund year round and the use of grants can cover everything from compensations to assistants at recreational trips to leisure activities such as horseback riding, skiing, wheelchair floorball, camps and outings.

Every summer, Royal Family celebrate Victoria, the public is also able to call in and donate money at the same time as they compete for prizes.

The Crown Princess Victoria Fund’s means mainly derive from donations by the public, but large companies such as Arla Foods, Swedbank and AB Svenska Returpack are constant sponsor partners. Additional support comes from The Association of Swedish Bakers & Confectioners who every year arrange a national “princess cake week” during which the participating cafés and bakeries give 2,50 SEK per sold princess pastry and 10 SEK per sold princess cake to the fund.[10] The result of this fund-raising drive is usually presented to Victoria herself on her name day on 12 March every year; in 2007, the total amount was 200,000 SEK. Congratulatory and memorial cards are also issued by Radiohjälpen benefitting the fund, a simple way to pay respects and do a good deed in one act. In 2006, The Crown Princess Victoria Fund raised a total of 5,5 million SEK.[10]

Every year Victoria visits one or several clubs or projects that have been granted money. These visits are not announced via the official royal diary but kept private, instead Sveriges Television often accompanies her and airs short programs from these visits at some time during the year.[11]

Personal life

Victoria’s first boyfriend was Daniel Collert. They socialized in the same circles, went to the same school and were already friends when their romance developed in the mid-1990s. When Victoria moved to the United States in 1998 to study and recover from her eating disorders, Collert moved with her across the Atlantic and settled in New York.[12] In September 2000, Victoria's relationship with Collert was confirmed in an interview with her at Expo 2000,[13] and later by then-Director of the Press and Information Department at the Royal Court Elisabeth Tarras-Wahlberg. They broke up in 2001.

In May 2002, Swedish newspaper Expressen reported that Victoria had a new boyfriend, her personal trainer at Master Training, Daniel Westling. When the news broke and the media turned its attention on him, it was obvious that he did not like being in the public eye. Once Westling was photographed crossing a street against a red light in order to avoid a camera.[14] In July 2002, Victoria and Daniel Westling were pictured kissing for the first time[15] at a birthday party for Caroline Kreuger, a close friend of Victoria's.

In a popular personal report called Tre dagar med Victoria, which profiled her work during a three-day period that aired on TV4 in December 2004, Victoria commented on criticism directed at Westling, “Many unfair things are written. I understand that there is speculation, but some day justice will be done there, too.” Victoria also gave her opinion that happiness is important, and that these days it is not so much about background and pedigree but about two people who have to live with each other. She said that if they are not happy and comfortable with each other, it is impossible to do a good job.[16]

During her April 2005 visit to Expo 2005 in Nagakute, Victoria was interviewed by Mikio Yikuma of the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shinbun. Yikuma brought up the subject of royals marrying commoners, to which the princess responded, "I think the general idea with the Swedes is that the modern way is to marry someone you love, not necessarily based on where she or he comes from." Though she did not mention Westling by name, Victoria did admit, "There is someone in my life", but that marriage was not on her mind then. The interview was conducted at the Swedish embassy in Tokyo and published in the paper on 18 April 2005.


Swedish media often speculated about upcoming engagements and marriages for Victoria. On 24 February 2009, rumours that wedding plans were imminent became particularly intense preceding an information council between the King and Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt.[17] Under the terms of the Swedish Act of Succession, the Government, upon the request of the King, gives the final consent for a dynastic marriage of a Prince or Princess of Sweden. The prince or princess, otherwise loses their right to the throne. Later that day, it was confirmed that permission had been granted and that Victoria would marry Daniel Westling in the summer of 2010. The wedding date was set in Stockholm Cathedral for 19 June 2010, the 34th anniversary of her parents' marriage.[18] Westling proposed to Victoria with a classic engagement ring featuring a solitaire round brilliant-cut diamond mounted on white gold.[19]


The Duchess and Duke of Västergötland on their wedding day

The wedding took place on 19 June 2010. More than 1200 guests including royalty and statesmen from various countries were invited to the wedding ceremony which took place at Stockholm Cathedral. After the wedding the newlyweds were driven through Stockholm in a coach and then rowed in the antique royal barge Vasaorden to the royal palace where the wedding banquet was held. On the evening before the wedding, there was a gala concert dedicated to the couple in the Stockholm Concert Hall.

More than half a million Swedes waved with Swedish flags and cheered the couple from in their cortege, from the church to the castle. The popularity of the monarchy exploded after the wedding, and a SIFO showed that more than 70% of the Swedes supported the monarchy and only 16% wanted to abandon it. Following their wedding the Crown Princess and Prince moved into Haga Palace.


On 17 August 2011 the Swedish royal court announced that Crown Princess Victoria was pregnant and expecting the couple's first child in March 2012.[20] On 23 February 2012 at 4:26am CET, Victoria gave birth to a girl in the Karolinska University Hospital.[21] The child is second-in-line to the Swedish throne.


In 1996, it was established that Victoria suffered from anorexia, it was however not confirmed until the next year.[23][24] Already at that time she was getting professional help, but given her public position in Sweden it was getting increasingly difficult to handle the situation. Victoria had planned to study at Uppsala University, but after intense media speculation and public discussion when pictures of an evidently too slim Victoria in sleeveless dresses at the Order of the Innocence’s ball and the gala dinner for the incoming state visit from Austria surfaced in April 1997, the Royal Court decided to confirm what was feared.

After a press release from the Royal Court in November 1997 announced that Victoria had eating disorders, plans changed for her and she moved to the United States where she received professional help and studied at Yale University.[24] By making this drastic decision, Victoria lived an anonymous life while getting professional help and recovering without having to worry about media speculations or if people were recognizing her on the streets.[23]

In an interview with Björn Carlgren for SVT2 in June 1999, Victoria said, “It was a really hard time. This kind of illness is hard, not only for the individual but for the surroundings. Today I’m fine.”[23]

In November 2002, the book “Victoria, Victoria!” came out, speaking further about her eating disorder. Victoria said: “I felt like an accelerating train, going right down... during the whole period. I had eating disorders and was aware of it, my anguish was enormous. I really hated how I looked like, how I was... I, Victoria, didn’t exist. It felt like everything in my life and around me was controlled by others. The one thing I could control was the food I put in me”. She further said that “What happened cost and I was the one who stood for the payments. Now I’m feeling well and with the insights I’ve acquired through this I can hopefully help someone else”.[25]

Princess Victoria spoke first publicly about her anorexia in a conference on bullying held at the University of Orebro. In 2008, she also spoke about her face blindness.

Titles, styles, and honours

Victoria's coat of arms
Royal monogram

See also List of honours of the Swedish Royal Family by country

Titles and styles

  • 14 July 1977 – 31 December 1979: Her Royal Highness Princess Victoria of Sweden
  • 1 January 1980 – 9 January 1980: Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess of Sweden
  • 9 January 1980 – present: Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess of Sweden, Duchess of Västergötland

Swedish honours

Foreign honours

See also this gallery of pictures showing Victoria wearing them



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  10. ^ a b "Hon vann kungligt slottspris - Sveriges Kungahus". Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  11. ^ "Kronprinsessan Victorias fond |". Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  12. ^ "Pojkvännerna". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). 12 January 2003. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  13. ^ Rönn, Cina (4 September 2000). "Victoria bekräftar: Daniel är min pojkvän". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  14. ^ Nyhlén, Daniel (16 June 2002). "Victorias hemliga möte med Daniel". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  15. ^ Nyhlén, Daniel (12 July 2002). "Första bilden på kärleksparet". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  16. ^ Nyhlén, Daniel (25 December 2004). "Hon försvarar sin drömprins". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  17. ^ Stiernstedt, Jenny; Svantesson, Erika (24 February 2009). "Victorias förlovning blir offentlig i dag".  
  18. ^ "Engagement between Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling" (Press release).  
  19. ^ "Crown jewels: The fabulous rings which sealed the love of Europe's royal couples". HELLO! magazine (UK). 
  20. ^ "Kronprinsessparet väntar barn / The Crown Princess Couple is expecting a child".  
  21. ^ Lindqvist, Svante (23 February 2012). "Kommuniké från Riksmarskalken" (in Swedish). Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
  22. ^ Lindqvist, Svante (24 February 2012). "Kommuniké från Riksmarskalken" (in Swedish). Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  23. ^ a b c Rönn, Cina (28 May 1999). "’Det var en jätte-jobbig tid för mig’". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  24. ^ a b Conradi, Peter (23 May 2010). "The next Queen Victoria, the glamour model and a right royal scandal".  
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  26. ^ The Court Calendar 2010 p. 6 (in Swedish)
  27. ^ a b Crown Princess Victoria's coat of arms as a Member of the Royal Order of the Seraphim (in Swedish)
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  29. ^ "50Th Anniversary Of King Carl Gustav Of Sweden… Fotografía de noticias | Getty Images España | 115116367". 1996-04-30. Retrieved 2014-01-19. 
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  31. ^ "Reply to a parliamentary question about the Decoration of Honour" (PDF) (in German). p. 1133. Retrieved November 2012. 
  32. ^ State visit of Sweden in Belgium 2001, Gala dinner, group photo
  33. ^ State visit of Lula da Silva in 2007, ANP Photo of Victoria, Carl Philip & Madeleine
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  35. ^ State visit of President Georgi Parvanov of Bulgaria in Sweden 2007, Gala dinner, group photo
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  40. ^ "Galamiddag på Kungliga slottet - Sveriges Kungahus". Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  41. ^ Seegers Press, Photo from State visit of Swedish Royal Family in Iceland
  42. ^ "Fálkaorðuhafar". 2004-09-07. Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  43. ^ State visit of Jordan in Sweden (2003), Photo of Princess Victoria wearing the order
  44. ^ State visit of Latvia in Sweden (2005), Gala dinner, Victoria's photo
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  46. ^ "Galamiddag på Kungliga slottet - Sveriges Kungahus". Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  47. ^ "Visite d´Etat en Suède - Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg - Avril 2008". 2008-04-15. Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
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  50. ^ "State Visit from Malaysia to Sweden; September 14-16, 2005 - Page 2". The Royal Forums. Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
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Further reading

  • The Royal Court's official biography in Swedish and English
  • The Royal Court's press release about the Diplomat Program
  • Radiohjälpen's official website for Victoria Fund

External links

  • The Swedish Royal Court
  • Video on YouTube, Announcement of Victoria and Daniel Westling's engagement, 2009-02-24.
Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden
Born: 14 July 1977
Swedish royalty
Preceded by
Prince Carl Philip
Crown Princess of Sweden
1980 - present
Title last held by
Prince Carl
Duchess of Västergötland
1980 - present
Lines of succession
Line of succession to the Swedish throne Succeeded by
Princess Estelle
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