Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Swedish Royals Celebrate Victoria Day

Today is Victoriadagen (Victoria Day), an annual celebration in Sweden marking Crown Princess Victoria's birthday and a highlight on the royal summer calendar. I adore the pomp and pageantry of royal events like this and of course Trooping the Colour here in the UK. With COVID-19, Victoria Day was meticulously planned on a much smaller scale. This year, Victoria's parents, the King and Queen, are staying on the isle of Öland where the concert was held, but chose not to attend out of an abundance of caution. Princess Madeleine was also due to attend but couldn't travel from Florida with her family. They were joined by Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia.


Victoria, Daniel and their children Estelle and Oscar walk in the garden of the family's summer palace, Solliden.

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As crowds and guests couldn't gather for the celebration, Victoria released a video message this morning sending greetings from Solliden. The Crown Princess spoke of changes this year, noting how much she enjoys welcoming visitors on her birthday, adding they are finding new ways to celebrate summer and to spend time with relatives and friends. She also talked about the effect speaking with frontline workers in hospitals has had on her and Daniel. Victoria's birthday message? "Hold on and keep our distance. There will be more summers, there will be more birthdays."


A twenty-one gun salute was given at 12.00 in honour of Victoria Day.


The Royal party attended a delightful televised concert from Borgholm Castle Ruin. They enjoyed performances by court singer Ann Sofie von Otter and Petra Marklund, Sigrid, the Mamas, Linnéa Henriksson and Oscar Stembridge. The orchestra on stage consisted of the Augusti family led by Stefan Sporsén.


Every year since 1979, an athlete who has made an outstanding contribution is awarded the Victoria Prize. This year's recipient was the pole vaulter Armand Duplantis. During the concert he received his diploma from the Crown Princess. The Swedish-American athlete Armand Duplantis holds double world records in pole vault.


All proceeds from the event go to the Crown Princess Victoria Fund which supports children with life-limiting and chronic illnesses. The funds that are collected go to camp activities, travel, excursions and various sports, amongst other things.

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With thanks to the amazing team at UFO No More, Victoria wore the By Malina Iris dress. The sold-out piece is a maxi length, with a floral print and lace detail. This is very much a staple style for Victoria and a gorgeous choice for the evening.


Princess Sofia was elegant in the Andiate Sinne dress (with thanks to Lumi Suvi). The blue and white print dress is described as: "Classic calf-length shirt dress in modern porcelain print. Button down closure in front with a belt made of same fabric as the dress. Pockets, 3/4 length sleeves and collar."


Sending Victoria the happiest of birthday wishes!

16 comments:

  1. Loved both women's dresses! So fresh and summery. Also exciting to see an athlete celebrated from Track & Field, as those athletes are often less appreciated and acknowledged :) So excited for this new blog, Charlotte--thank you!!!

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  2. Delighted to see the Royal Digest return - beautifully done as always. Catching up with the earlier postings.

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    1. Thank you so much Julia :)

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    2. If this is Julia from years ago on the Duchess Kate blog I just want to say hi and its good to 'see' you again :) and hope your pups are doing well. Hope to see you again. Take good care.

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  3. Caroline in MontanaWednesday, 15 July, 2020

    Love this family! Oscar's expressions are just priceless, Estelle is quite the young lady. Beautiful children with beautiful parents. Like the bodice of Vicotria's dress, beautiful details but the bottom just seemed like too much fabric, especially when she was moving. like the blue and white on Sofia. What a wonderful photo of Victoria in the white at the end, a very happy birthday to her. What a nice event, what a lucky sportsman!! Borgholm Castle Ruin is right up my alley, what a place to visit let alone hear a concert!! Thanks Charlotte.

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  4. Nice dresses for Victoria and Sofia. This Birthday celebration is very scaled down,but lovely.And a Thank you for the site to return. Keep up the good work.

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  5. Charlotte let me also express my appreciation for this new blog! I don’t know how you find the time but I am thankful that you do!

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    1. Me too! I love expanding my reading base.

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  6. Charlotte, I just love this blog! As much as I love the Kate blog, I think The Royal Digest is my favorite because it's about all the royal families in Europe and around the world. Victoria is one of my favorite royals to watch. I know you're incredibly busy, but please keep working on this blog. It's fabulous! Thank you so much!

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  7. Charlotte, I've followed your blogs for several years, but haven't commented much. I never knew about this one, but followed the Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor (that was yours, correct?) and was so sad when it went on hiatus because I didn't have one central place I could go to read about all the other royals I enjoy following...ESPECIALLY when Bhutan and Luxembourg both had royal babies during the lockdowns and I didn't have anywhere to go to get all the details/pictures...Google articles couldn't hold a candle to one of your blog posts! So, I'm another reader who wants to say THANK YOU for starting this one back up!

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    1. Thank you so much for reading Katie and for your words of encouragement.

      Another lady ran Order of Splendor (incredibly talented and much missed). I was just replying to another reader to let her know she still covers the Queen's jewels.

      http://queensjewelvault.blogspot.com/

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    2. Oh, I apologize! You seem to have similar styles of writing...your blogs and hers are both so eloquent and well written, I always thought it was all your work. Either way, these blogs are where I now come first thing in the morning (or anytime I hear something has happened...such as Princess Beatrice's wedding this morning) to get my royal updates!

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    3. You are very kind, thank you!

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  8. Victoria looks to have enjoyed her low-key birthday a great deal and the Malina Iris dress is so typical of her style, and charming for a summer evening. I wasn't too sure about the heavy looking sandals at first but on closer inspection they work quite well with a slightly artisanal vibe which chimes with the slightly rustic floral dress. Not so keen on Princess Sofia's chintzy blue, it looks nice on the model but a bit busy in photos. Thanks for such a well presented post, you must be working so hard. This blog is amazing and saves me hours of hunting to keep up with all these lovely ladies!

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  9. I love this royal family two beautiful couples. Victoria will be a splendid Queen

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