The people of Deleware were out in droves on Saturday afternoon to receive King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden as they celebrated the 375th anniversary of Sweden and Finland’s colonial establishment of New Sweden, now situated in Wilmington, Delaware.
The Swedish royals started their day in Delaware with a lunch at the Bunea Vista Mansion in New Castle with Governor Jack Markell.
Following lunch, the royals went to the Wilmington river front where they got on a replica ship of the Kalmar Nykel and ceremoniously voyaged to Fort Christina
‘The rocks’ at the Ft. Christina State Park in downtown Wilmington is actually where the Swedish colonists initially shored in 1638 and started building Swedish and Finnish settlements, reports Newsworks.org.
A little ceremony was held at the rocks. The king and queen took part in wreath laying at the statue commemorating the landing.
Onlookers lined the walk as the royals went to the Old Swedes Church for an evening prayer.
The royals had journeyed to Delaware from New York where the King and Queen had lunched with recently engaged Princess Madeleine of Sweden and her fiancé, banker Christopher O’Neill at Red Rooster New York’s Harlem.
Marcus Samuelsson, the restaurant’s Ethiopian-born and Swedish-raised renowned chef, got together with the family for the dinner, which included such dishes as cornbread with honey butter and tomato jam, shrimp and grits, and trout with dill salad.
Princess Madeleine, who’s the youngest child of the King and Queen of Sweden and fourth in line to the throne, declared her engagement to her 38-year-old British-American fiance in October past.
The pair have arranged to marry at the Royal Palace Chapel in Stockholm on June 8.
In October, the princess, who works for the World Childhood Foundation, a nonprofit founded by her mother and Mr O’Neill, published an official video detailing how he proposed to her.
It’s been a few days since Swedish Prince Carl Philip was involved in a scuffle outside a Cannes nightclub on Saturday, but the story remains in the headlines in Sweden and among royal watchers.
Here’s a recap for those who do not know: Carl Philip and his girlfriend, Sofia Hellqvist, went to the exclusive club, Le Baoli for some late summer partying. When the couple exited the club at 3 a.m., an unknown man began to attack the Prince, by grabbing him by the neck and slapping him. Carl Philip feel the ground as a result. Ms. Hellqvist was said to be distraught and calling out, “No, honey!” while her boyfriend was being assaulted, and dove to be at his side when he fell.
Supposedly, the couple’s friends got involved, but Carl Philip told the Swedish newspaper, Aftonbladet, that this was not really the case.
“I would like to emphasize that it was the actions of my good friends which ensured that this sad situation ended OK,” he said.
Sofia also took part in the interview, giving her and her boyfriend’s take on the brawl. It is rather unusual for royals from any country to speak to the media about something personal, albeit a public incident.
Even the Swedish Royal Court made a statement. “He is staying in France and he is doing just fine. There is no damage and so on. Somehow, he tries to move on now”, says the court information officer Bertil Ternert.
Rumor has it that the unknown attacker insulted Sofia, and Carl Philip was defending her. No charges have been filed yet, and supposedly, the French police are investigating the matter.
Many in Sweden are said to be displeased with the Prince’s behavior. The 33 year-old has been criticized for living the playboy lifestyle while not focusing on royal duties. Even his choice of a girlfriend has been looked down upon. Sofia used to do nude modeling and took part in a risque Swedish reality show before she began dating the Prince two years ago.
Despite the public opinion, the royal family is said to have accepted Sofia as Carl Philip’s girlfriend. Sometimes Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia go on vacations with the couple. In July, the two were seen with Carl Philip’s sisters, Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Madeleine and their significant others – Prince Daniel and Chris O’Neill – at a concert in Solliden.
However, this brawl is said to have made the King and Queen concerned that their only son is not taking his role as member of the monarchy seriously and is making their family look poorly. Only time will tell if anything really happens after this.
In the meantime, the Swedish media keeps discussing this issue and the controversial couple. Svensk Damtidning even went so far as speculating that Carl Philip and Sofia are set to announce their engagement in its latest issue. Rumors of a wedding in the works have been around for a while, but again, only time will tell.
Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria celebrated her 35th birthday Saturday at Solliden, on the island of Öland where the Swedish royals spend their summer vacation. As always, the Crown Princess met with Swedes who were there to offer their future Queen gifts and flowers.
But this year, Victoria brought out her 4 1/2 month old daughter, Princess Estelle, for the public to see. The infant royal looked around at the crowds as though she was well aware of what was going on.
After posing with her parents and husband, Prince Daniel, in front of the courtyard, Victoria transferred her daughter to Daniel’s arms so she could meet and greet with the crowds.
She thanked the 7,000 people for waiting all day, as it was heavily raining in the morning. “You are brave souls,” the Crown Princess told them.
Later on, the entire Swedish royal family gathered for the outdoor birthday concert at Borgholm Idrott Place. Victoria and her mother, Queen Silvia, wore traditional Swedish dresses. Princess Estelle was not with her family, but Prince Carl Philip and Princess Madeleine were there for the performances, which included Eurovision Song Contest winner Loreenia.
Norwegian royal watcher, Kjell Arne Totland, made this comment to VG Nett:
“Victoria and her family in many ways gives new hope for the monarchy in Sweden – after all the scandals surrounding King Carl Gustaf. But I hope Victoria will get many years as Crown Princess and the mother of young children before she has to take over as monarch after her father.”
The newest royal heir of Sweden was baptized today at the royal chapel at Stockholm’s Royal Palace. Proud parents Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel had their three month old baby daughter, Princess Estelle christened in an event televised live throughout the country, plus a few other European nations.
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Victoria and Daniel were all smiles and very doting towards their firstborn child. The Prince held his daughter as he and the Crown Princess entered the chapel. Estelle was wearing the baptismal gown that has been worn by Swedish royals since the early 20th century.
The infant Princess was very alert and very calm during the ceremony. She only let out a burp when Bishop Anders Wejryd poured the water over her head. That made everyone giggle. By the way, the baptismal water is from the island of Öland, where the Swedish royals vacation in the summer.
Estelle’s godparents are Denmark’s Crown Princess Mary, Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon, her uncle, Prince Carl Philip, and Anna Westling Söderström, the sister of Prince Daniel.
After the official baptism was over, proud grandpa King Carl XVI Gustaf bestowed on the baby the Order of the Seraphim, which is given to members of the Swedish royal family and some other heads of state. The King himself was made a member of the Order during his baptism in 1946.
About 400 guests came the event, including Danish Crown Prince Frederik, Princess Maxima of the Netherlands, Crown Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium, Luxembourg’s Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and his fiancée, Countess Stephanie de Lannoy, and Princess Martha Louise and husband Ari Behn of Norway.
Also in attendance were the significant others of Victoria’s siblings – Sofia Hellqvist, girlfriend of Prince Carl Philip, and Chris O’Neill, boyfriend of Princess Madeleine. This was a major break in tradition as the partners of royals usually do not attend public royal events unless they are officially engaged.
After the christening, there was a reception at the royal palace.
Born on February 23, Princess Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary is second in line to the throne of Sweden.
When a crowd gathered outside the royal palace in Stockholm Monday, they were mainly there to wish King Carl XVI Gustaf a happy 66th birthday.
But the people got a big surprise when the King’s first grandchild, 2 month old Princess Estelle made her royal debut on the balcony with her parents.
Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel brought their daughter out for the public to see at the end of the celebration, making the people cheer with joy and excitement. Proud father Daniel even held his baby girl’s hand and made it wave to everyone.
Every April 30th, the birthday celebrations at the royal palace include the King meeting with the crowds who give him flowers and sing him a happy birthday, plus an Army Band playing a parade march and a gun salute.
Source: Svensk Damtidning
King Carl XVI Gustaf Comments on Spanish King’s Elephant Hunt Controversy
Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden were in El Escorial, near of Madrid, Saturday for the 63rd World Scout Foundation meeting. The King is the patron of the World Scout Foundation.
Wearing casual clothes mixed with scouting material, the royal couple mingled with more than 2,000 children from 30 countries who gathered on a large lawn. The King and Queen chatted with some of the scouts in English.
Since they were in Spain, reporters were curious about what he had to say about Spain’s King Juan Carlos recent trip to Botswana where he hunted elephants.
“We all make mistakes and sometimes, the word forgiveness is very difficult to pronounce,” the Swedish monarch said.
He added, “Can you imagine if your kids, or if the Scouts have not ever made a nonsense! But when it comes to parents and family there is always the word forgiveness.”
King Carl XVI Gustaf hunts animals himself, such as deer. The venison meat sometimes winds up on the plates of royal banquets.