Victoria of Sweden

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Victoria of Sweden June 8th 2013

Victoria Ingrid Alice Désirée, Crown Princess of Sweden, Duchess of Västergötland (born  July 14,  1977 in Solna ) is the eldest child of King Carl XVI. Gustaf and Queen Silvia the Crown Princess of the Kingdom of Sweden from the House of Bernadotte .


Swedish royal family
Great coat of arms of Sweden.svg

HM Konung Carl XVI. Gustaf
HM Drottning Silvia

HKH Princess Birgitta

Birth and school

Victoria was born in Karolinska Hospital in Solna near Stockholm and was baptized on September 27, 1977 in the Castle Church. She has two siblings, Prince Carl Philip (born May 13, 1979) and Princess Madeleine (born June 10, 1982).

From 1982 to 1984 Princess Victoria attended the preschool of the parish Västerled in Stockholm's Bromma district . From 1984 she graduated from the primary school Smedslättskolan in Bromma and then from Ålstensskolan, later from Enskilda Gymnasiet in Stockholm, where she graduated from high school in 1996 . She improved her German and English language skills during summer vacations in the USA and Germany .

It was in the town on the island Räpplinge 1992 Oland confirmed .

Because of dyslexia , she had big problems during her school days. In 1998 it became known that the Crown Princess suffered from anorexia ; the reason given was constant press monitoring. She has been considered recovered since her return from the USA in 2000.

Studies and further training

From 1996 to 1997 Victoria learned French at the Université Catholique de l'Ouest in Angers . From 1998 to 2000 she studied political science and history at Yale University in the United States .

Her preparation for the future office as Queen takes place primarily through various specially designed internships : In 1997 Victoria did an internship with the government and the Reichstag to get to know their way of working better. During her studies in the US, she spent a month at the Swedish Embassy in Washington, DC and two months at the United Nations . In 2001 she was part of the Swedish EU Council Presidency , and in autumn this year she did another internship with the Swedish government. In 2002 she was an intern at the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Berlin and Paris . In 2003 Victoria spent with various Swedish companies. In 2006 and 2007 the Crown Princess completed diplomatic training at the Swedish Foreign Ministry.

In 2003 the Crown Princess completed basic military training.

marriage and family

Victoria and Daniel of Sweden after their wedding
(June 19, 2010)

Crown Princess Victoria has been in a relationship with Daniel Westling (born September 15, 1973) since 2002 . The engagement was announced on February 24, 2009. The couple got married on June 19, 2010 in Stockholm's Nikolaikirche ( Storkyrkan ) .

At her wedding, Crown Princess Victoria wore the kamée diadem , a Parisian diadem made of gold, pearls and images of Cupid and Psyche . This is said to have been a gift from Napoleon Bonaparte to his first wife, Empress Joséphine , in 1809 and to have come to the Swedish royal family through her granddaughter Josephine von Leuchtenberg . Victoria's mother, Queen Silvia, already wore this diadem at her wedding in 1976.

On February 23, 2012, Victoria gave birth to daughter Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary , Duchess of Östergötland . After her mother, she is in second place in the Swedish line of succession . On March 2, 2016, Victoria gave birth to a second child, a boy, Oscar Carl Olof , Duke of Skåne .

Victoria has numerous godchildren, including her niece Princess Leonore of Sweden, her nephew Prince Alexander of Sweden, Hereditary Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway , Catharina-Amalia of Orange-Nassau , Crown Princess of the Netherlands, Prince Christian of Denmark , Princess Eléonore of Belgium and Prince Konstantinos -Alexios of Greece and Denmark .

Succession regulation

Crown Princess Victoria is the heir to the throne according to the Swedish Succession Act in the version of January 1, 1980. Up until then, male succession was exclusively applicable. Even before the birth of Princess Victoria, the Reichstag had commissioned an investigation into a corresponding amendment to the Act of Succession to the Throne; the opinions of the parliamentarians differed. Some spoke out against the female succession to the throne, others wanted to accept an heir to the throne if the king would not have a son, third parties demanded that the first child in each case should succeed, regardless of whether it was a boy or a girl. The third group prevailed. When the new law came into force, Victoria's brother Carl Philip was stripped of the title of Crown Prince.

As the great-granddaughter of Princess Margaret of Connaught, Victoria ranks 1966 in the line of succession to the British throne , one place behind her younger brother Carl Philip.

Official duties

Victoria of Sweden at the 2007 statue unveiling

The Crown Princess supports the King in his representative duties. She is always present at the Nobel Prize ceremony , the Swedish National Day and other celebrations. She is particularly interested in development and peace policy . Since 2001 she has been making official visits abroad as the monarch's representative: in 2001 she visited Japan , 2002 Kosovo , 2003 Egypt and the USA , 2004 Saudi Arabia and Hungary , 2005 Australia , China and Turkey , 2006 Brazil , 2008 Dubai and Luxembourg , 2011 Germany .

Victoria has had its own court - like the king and queen - since 2004, which organizes its official program. She has lived in Haga Castle near Stockholm since her wedding .

The Victoria Fund finances rehabilitation measures for disabled children.

Titles, coats of arms, medals and honors

Predicate and title

  • HRH Princess Victoria (July 14, 1977 to December 31, 1979)
( Swedish : Hennes Kungliga Höghet Prinsessan Victoria, Sveriges Prinsessa )
  • HRH Crown Princess Victoria, Duchess of Västergötland (since January 1, 1980)
(Swedish: Hennes Kungliga Höghet Kronprinsessan Victoria, Hertiginna av Västergötland )

coat of arms

Victoria's coat of arms

The coat of arms is quartered by a narrow golden paw cross and has a heart shield .

The heart shield is split. Heraldically on the right (optically on the left) the coat of arms of the Wasa dynasty, which ruled until 1668 : in blue and red, divided diagonally on the right by a silver sloping bar with a golden wasa scar on stake . On the left the coat of arms awarded to Bernadotte by Napoleon as Prince of Pontecorvo: above in blue a golden eagle soaring to the right , above which the constellation "Big Dipper" hovers with seven golden stars . Below is a roof-shaped silver bridge with two tinned towers, which stands on a middle, large and two smaller passages, above a silver field cut with silver waves.

In the first and fourth fields in blue three (2: 1) set golden crowns (for the small imperial coat of arms of Sweden ). In the second field is in blue, on three silver obliquely left wave beams a golden rotgezungter and -bewehrter winning gold, Leo ( Folkunger Coat of Arms). In the third field, divided obliquely to the left in black and gold, a lion as in the second, only uncrowned, with mixed up colors , above the dividing line accompanied by a silver star (coat of arms of Västergötland).

On the shield rests a golden, four-pointed prince's crown with lace pearls and a blue cap with gold crowns. A black vertical washer is shown between the middle tips.

The actual coat of arms is enclosed by the collar of the Royal Order of Seraphines .

Orders and honors

year Country Orders / decorations
1995 SwedenSweden Sweden Royal Order of Seraphines
1995 DenmarkDenmark Denmark Elephant Order
1995 NorwayNorway Norway Grand Cross of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav
1995 LatviaLatvia Latvia Grand Officer of the Three Star Order
1995 EstoniaEstonia Estonia Order of the Marienland Cross 1st class
1995 LithuaniaLithuania Lithuania Grand Officer of the Order of the Grand Duke of Lithuania Gediminas
1996 FinlandFinland Finland Grand Cross of the Finnish Order of the White Rose
1997 AustriaAustria Austria Large gold medal on ribbon for services to the Republic of Austria
2001 BelgiumBelgium Belgium Grand Cross of the Order of the Leopold
2003 GermanyGermany Germany Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
2004 IcelandIceland Iceland Grand Cross of the Order of the Falcons
2008 LuxembourgLuxembourg Luxembourg Grand Cross of the Order of Adolph of Nassau
2008 GreeceGreece Greece Grand Cross of the Order of Honor
2008 RomaniaRomania Romania Grand Cross of the Star of Romania
2011 EstoniaEstonia Estonia Order of the White Star 1st class


Pedigree of Crown Princess Victoria Ingrid Alice Désirée of Sweden
Old parents

Swedish royal crown
King Gustav V
⚭ 1881
Princess Viktoria of Baden

Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn
⚭ 1879
Princess Luise Margareta of Prussia

Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany
⚭ 1882
Princess Helene of Waldeck and Pyrmont (1861–1922)

Friedrich Ferdinand of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
⚭ 1885
Princess Caroline Mathilde of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg

Carl Louis Sommerlath (1834–1897)
⚭ approx. 1858?
Anna Lucie Tille (1830–1898)

Johann Waldau (1828–1896)
⚭ 1856
Sophie Marie Schmidt (1824–1911)

Joaquim Floriano de Toledo (1842–?)
⚭ 1865
Maria Julia de Barros (1849–?)

Emiliano Baptista Soares (1852–1914)
Joaquina Dias Novaes (1856–?)

Great grandparents

Swedish royal crown
King Gustav VI. Adolf (1882–1973)
⚭ 1905
Princess Margaret of Connaught

Carl Eduard of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1884–1954)
⚭ 1905
Viktoria Adelheid of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg (1885–1970)

Louis Moritz Sommerlath (1860–1930)
⚭ 1886
Erna Sophie Christine Waldau (1864–1944)

Arthur Floriano de Toledo (1873–1935)
⚭ 1900
Elisa Novaes Soares (1881–1928)


Hereditary Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden , Duke of Västerbotten (1906–1947)
⚭ 1932
Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1908–1972)

Walther Sommerlath (1901–1990)
⚭ 1925
Alice de Toledo Sommerlath (1906–1997)


Swedish royal crown
King Carl XVI. Gustaf (* 1946)
⚭ 1976
Silvia Renate Sommerlath (* 1943)

Swedish Crown Prince Crown
Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, Duchess of Västergötland (* 1977)


In the end of 2011 by the Institute Forsa on behalf of the magazine Frau im Spiegel established princesses ranking Victoria was in a representative survey voted the most popular among German women princess. She relegated the then Princess Máxima of the Netherlands and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge to places 2 and 3.

Web links

Commons : Victoria of Sweden  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Crown Princess Victoria: I am dyslexic ( Memento of the original from July 19, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. . @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. Official announcement on the website of the Swedish royal family: Engagement between Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling
  3. Crown Princess Victoria engaged - "I feel safe with Daniel by my side" , FAZ, February 24, 2009, announcement of the engagement.
  4. ^ Website of the Swedish royal family (English): The Crown Princess Couple
  5. Swedish Princess Victoria gives birth to a son , Berliner Morgenpost , accessed March 2, 2016.
  6. Message from the Swedish royal family (Swedish)
  7. British Succession to the Throne ( Memento of the original dated August 7, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (English) @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  8. The members of the royal family usually receive the medal shortly after birth. From 1975 to 1995, however, the order could only be awarded to foreigners, so that this was the case with the children of Carl XVI. Gustaf was made up on the day they came of age.
  9. Information page of the Estonian President
  10. Overview of the Lithuanian medal bearers
  11. List of all decorations awarded by the Federal President for services to the Republic of Austria from 1952 (PDF file; 6.6 MB)
  12. Photo gallery on
  13. ^ State visit of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg to Sweden, gala dinner on April 15, 2008, website of the Swedish royal family (Swedish)
  14. ^ State visit of the Greek President Karolos Papoulias to Sweden, gala dinner on May 21, 2008, website of the Swedish royal family (Swedish)
  15. Information page of the Estonian President
  16. Spiegel reports on princess ranking
predecessor Office successor
- Swedish succession to the throne Princess Estelle