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    No daughter of a well-dressed mother can resist the occasional closet raid. Especially a palace closet!

    This week, Crown Princess Victoria, who is visiting Japan on official business (without her husband, Prince Daniel, and children Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar), wore a navy blue dress with red polka dots, striped sleeves and a bow detail at the neck.

    But with this outfit came a sense of royal fashion déjà vu. And a few eagle-eyed royal watchers noticed why: The dress is not a new style. In fact, it was seen three decades ago — on Victoria’s mother, Queen Silvia, 73.

    Yes, even queens hand down their favorite garments to their daughters after they’ve finished with them. (Or, let their daughters go shopping in their closet!) The dress is a vintage piece, and Silvia has been seeing wearing it as early as 1978 — just a year after Victoria was born.

    And though it’s been several decades, the style still holds up.

    Victoria wore the dress on the first day of her visit, where she attended a seminar on sustainability at the United Nations University in Tokyo.

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    Mother and daughter accessorized the dress differently: Silvia, with a red headscarf, and Victoria, with a red clutch. (Both opted for a silver watch.)

    Maybe one day, we’ll see 5-year-old Princess Estelle wearing the same dress, too!



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    Royal rocker!

    When KISS blew into Sweden last weekend, (more than 2o years after the band’s first date there!), the country’s 5-year-old future queen, Princess Estelle, once again showed off her high-spirited personality.

    And befitting her VIP status, Princess Estelle not only attended last weekend’s Stockholm concert, but she also she went backstage to meet the band.

    Rockers Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer happily posed with Estelle and her parents, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel. Meanwhile, Estelle’s baby brother, 1-year-old Prince Oscar, stayed home.

    FROM PEN: What’s Next for Princess Charlotte

    But Princess Estelle, pictured in her father’s arms for the photo op, really got into the groove, complete with Stanley’s signature star makeup on her right eye.

    Earlier this year, Estelle’s grandmother, Queen Silvia, spoke about the little princess.

    “She is overprotective and very sweet to ,” Silvia said of her granddaughter, who is second in line to the Swedish throne. “It feels good when you see the two of them together. Estelle’s so alert, interested, happy and curious. She’s adorable and funny — just like her mother when she was little.”



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    Crown Princess Victoria is opening up about her past.

    Sweden’s heir apparent sat down for an interview featured in a new documentary about her life, produced ahead of her 40th birthday later this summer. In it, Victoria discussed her struggles with body image, and the eating disorder she battled as a teenager.

    She said she faced the truth about her eating disorder for the first time in her later teenage years, just as she was due to attend Sweden’s Uppsala University.

    “I went through a tough time,” she said in the documentary, which premiered this week on the Swedish channel TV4.

    With a push from her parents, King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia, she decided that rather than heading straight to school, she’d spend some low-key time in the United States. 

    “I needed time to sort things out and get my balance back again,” Victoria, who celebrates her birthday on July 14, said. “I needed to get to know myself, discover where my limits were, not constantly push myself too much.”

    Though it was a “tough time,” Victoria admits her past eating disorder had one very positive result.

    In treatment for her eating disorder, doctors recommended she partake in more strenuous physical activity. This included sessions at the gym — where, in 2002, she met her future husband Prince Daniel, who was then a personal trainer.

    Today, the crown princess is a mother to two children: Princess Estelle, 5, and Prince Oscar, 1. In the new interview, she also discussed how proud she is of her daughter, Princess Estelle, and shared some insight about the little royal’s personality.

    “She is very curious about people, she is very social and very brave,” Victoria said. “It’s an asset in life, particularly in her role.”

    Her daughter’s gregarious nature, Victoria says, is a product of both of Estelle’s parents.

    “He’s a lively and sociable man,” Victoria said of her husband. “So I think Estelle gets her character  from both of us.”



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    Happy (almost!) birthday, Crown Princess Victoria!

    The Swedish royal and heir apparent will celebrate her 40th birthday on July 14, and the country is already prepping for the big day.

    Three beautiful portraits of the royal were released by the Swedish palace on Friday. This comes ahead of the bigger celebrations set to take place to mark the milestone birthday next month.

    In the simple-but-stunning series of photos, Victoria wears a white blouse and pants. She posed solo, without husband Prince Daniel, 5-year-old daughter Princess Estelle and 1-year-old son Prince Oscar.

    In July, Sweden will celebrate Victoria’s birthday with the aptly-named “Victoria Day” celebrations, which will take place over July 14 and 15. The events scheduled include a carriage ride across Stockholm with the entire royal family, a celebration at Solliden Palace and a gun salute.

    FROM PEN: What’s Next for Princess Charlotte

    Victoria recently sat down for an interview in a new documentary about her life in which she opened up about her past, including her teenage battle with an eating disorder.

    Of her past struggle, she said: “I went through a tough time.”



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    Royals in costume!

    Sweden’s Royal Palace released adorable new photos of Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar to mark Nationaldagen, the country’s annual national day on Tuesday.

    The high-spirited 5-year-old daughter of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel is pictured in traditional blue, yellow and white Swedish national dress.

    But there’s one element of the traditional Swedish costume — known as a Sverigedräkten — that Estelle is too young to wear: the hat!

    The striking head scarf is only worn by Swedish princesses once they’re married. Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Princess Madeleine and Princess Sofia all posed with their husbands for a photo shoot of their own — with the women wearing the traditional ensemble, too. 

    Then, with Sweden-spirited blue-and-yellow flowers in hand, the royal family went outside for more celebrations for the country’s National Day. 

    And though Estelle didn’t get a hat, she did wear a blue-and-yellow braided headband for a carriage ride through the streets of Stockholm.

    And Prince Carl Philip wore a uniform of his own — a Navy uniform! — for the occasion. 

    This isn’t the first time this season that the young princess has rocked a costume! Last month, she sported face paint while backstage with rock legends, KISS. 

    Not to be outdone, little brother Oscar got in on the fun in the second royal photo. The prince, who turned 1 in March, looks cute and casual in a striped top with light-colored trousers and white shoes.

    Both pictures were taken on the lush grounds at Haga Palace, where the children live with their parents.

    The royal family is expected to attend traditional celebrations with the rest of the royal family at Stockholm’s Djurgården Island later this evening.

    FROM PEN: Raising a Little Princess: All About Charlotte’s Amazing Childhood

    During a trip to Japan in April, Crown Princess Victoria described how she is preparing her daughter for her future responsibilities as the nation’s queen.

    “Estelle knows that I’m here … we’ve discussed fishing, Japan, nature and ecology and how it all fits together,” Princess Victoria said.

    “ was very interested and receptive,” she added. “I think we have an obligation as parents and adults to stimulate curiosity.”



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    Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria recently opened up about the highs and lows of her life ahead of her upcoming 40th birthday on July 14. And now she is revealing her struggle with balancing her royal commitments with motherhood.

    “You miss those special moments with the children,” she told the Swedish National News agency TT in an interview held at her Haga Palace home.

    But she compensates time away from Princess Estelle, 5, and 1-year-old Prince Oscar in a way many working parents can relate to.

    “I’m one of those parents who are quite careful about documenting their children’s upbringing,” she said. “I really try to actively observe. I write down the little things that happen.”

    And as she raises the second-and-third-in-line to the throne, she says she feels strongly anchored to her heritage.

    “I never had the opportunity to meet my grandparents, so to live at Haga, which meant so much for them and their children, feels incredibly special,” she said.

    FROM PEN: Raising a Little Princess: All About Charlotte’s Amazing Childhood

    The princess moved into Haga Palace, once the home of her grandparents Prince Gustaf Adolf and Princess Sibylla, when she married her husband, Prince Daniel, in June 2010.

    “It feels like bringing them closer,” Princess Victoria said. “Getting to know them better.”

    She credits another member of her grandparents’ generation, her great-aunt Princess Lilian, with handing down some wise words on getting older.

    “Princess Lilian always said it’s how you feel that counts,” she said. “I don’t feel like 40 at all.”

    She adds, “Time flies by too quickly.”



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    Carrying forward Prince Harry‘s openness on mental health, Crown Princess Victoria has spoken out about her own problems with anorexia, dyslexia and anxiety.

    “I used to think I was stupid and slow,” Princess Victoria, 39, said in an interview with Swedish station SVT. And she added that although she overcame the eating disorder she developed as a teenager, “the performance anxiety I had is still there.”

    But now, Princess Victoria said, “I’ve been given different kinds of tools and learned how to manage it.”

    Plus, the future queen said, the passage of time has eased the problem as she dismissed the idea that her high-profile role has contributed to her anxiety.

    “There are as many reasons to feel bad as there are people,” she said.

    Echoing Prince Harry’s recent campaign to tackle the taboo of discussing mental health in public, the princess said she is concerned for the mental health of young people.

    She said “all the perfect images that are uploaded” and the expectation that “everything has to be polished” has heaped pressure on the young, and made mental health problems in youth more common.

    RELATED VIDEO: Princess Kate, Prince William and Prince Harry Discuss Heads Together

     

    Princess Victoria revealed her eating disorder during an interview with another Swedish station, TV4, in May, explaining that she “went through a tough time,” as she battled anorexia in her teenage years.

    Though she was set to head to Sweden’s Uppsala University, Prince Victoria instead took time off in the United States.

    “I needed time to sort things out and get my balance back again,” Princess Victoria said. “I needed to get to know myself, discover where my limits were, not constantly push myself too much.”

    Now plans to introduce her children, Princess Estelle, 5, and Prince Oscar, 1, to their role as royals, “gradually and naturally,” as to not overwhelm them.

    “For me it is important that children be children,” Princess Victoria said to SVT, “My parents felt exactly the same about me.”



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    What’s blue and royal all over?

    This photo of the Swedish royal family! All 13 members of the family — King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia, their children and grandchildren — posed for a full family shot — and were matching in light blue for the occasion.

    The family posed on the grounds of their summer residence, Solliden Palace, on the island of Öland in Stockholm. The photo was released to wish the country a “Happy Summer.”

    Queen Silvia sat front row center, flanked by her grandchildren, Princess Estelle to the right, and Prince Nicolas to the left. Next to Estelle is her mother, Crown Princess Victoria, who is holding her younger child, Prince Oscar. Her husband Prince Daniel is behind them. To the left of him is King Carl Gustaf, and then Prince Carl Philip, Princess Sofia and their son, Prince Alexander. On the left, Princess Madeleine‘s husband Christopher O’Neill stands behind his wife, who holds their elder daughter, Princess Leonore, in her arms.

    FROM PEN: How Princess Kate Is Changing the Royal Parenting Rules

    Nearly everyone is dressed in light blue for the photo op, with the exception of Madeleine and Sofia, both of whom wore light pink dresses instead of light blue. (Even if they didn’t coordinate with the rest of the family, they coordinated with each other!)

    And this time next year, there will be another member in the family: Carl Philip and Sofia are set to welcome their second child later this year.



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    Princess Estelle can somersault — and so can her dad!

    The 5-year-old princess, who is second-in-line to the Swedish throne, showed off her skills in a sweet new video with her father, Prince Daniel. The Swedish-language clip starts with Daniel talking about Generation Pep, or Gen-Pep, a non-profit he founded with his wife, Crown Princess Victoria, that aims to “spread knowledge and engage both people and organizations in a joint effort to make it easier for children and young people to live a healthy life.”

    At the video’s 30-second mark Estelle appears, looking gymnastics-ready in leggings and a sweatshirt. The two briefly chat before she goes to show her dad one of her somersaults. Not to be outdone, Daniel — who met his royal wife while working as a personal trainer — then does a somersault of his own. The video ends with the two chasing each other around the yard, with Daniel eventually picking Estelle up and swinging her around.

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    It’s been an exciting few months for the Swedish royal family. Victoria’s brother and Estelle’s uncle, Prince Carl Philip, and his wife, Princess Sofia, welcomed their second son, Prince Gabriel, on Aug. 31. Just four days before, Princess Madeleine announced that she’s expecting her third child.



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    Christmas has arrived at the Swedish palace!

    Princess Victoria and her children Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar took part in an annual Swedish royal tradition when they received their official Christmas trees on Thursday.

    Agriculture students presented the trees to the Scandinavian royals in a tradition dating back more than 50 years.

    In the photo, Victoria, who wore a festive red skirt, examines the trees as 5-year-old Estelle looks on in a matching red bow.

    One-year-old Oscar can take his cues from his big sister, who is already an expert on the subject. The little royal joined her mom last year to accept their royal Christmas trees on the palace grounds.

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    Proud mom Victoria says her daughter is fascinated by her surroundings.

    “Princess Estelle is very interested in everything about nature and the environment,” she told a group of biologists in October. 

    Let’s hope she has the decorating bug as well — there are a lot of palace trees that need ornaments!



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    It’s snow season in Sweden — and Crown Princess Victoria and her family are taking full advantage!

    The Swedish royal family released new photos and videos of Victoria, Prince Daniel and their children Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar going sledding and playing in the snow, as well as warming up around a fire inside, just in time for Christmas.

    In a family portrait taken outside their home at Stockholm’s Haga Palace, Mom, Dad and the two children are wrapped up in their winter gear to keep out the cold. Five year old Estelle is undeniably the star of the photo, captured with a big smile on her face just after throwing a snowball at the camera. 

    Offering another glimpse into the day, a brief video posted on the Royal Palace’s Instagram account shows Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel in the midst of a snowball fight and riding down a small hill on sleds with Estelle and 1-year-old Oscar.

    In an extended clip posted to the family’s YouTube account, second-in-line to the throne (after her mom!) Princess Estelle takes center stage. In the video (in addition to all the fun in the snow!) Estelle decorates a Christmas tree with her mother and then serves Swedish Christmas cookies in front of a fire and plays a party game with her parents and younger brother beneath the tree.

    These holiday videos are something of a tradition for the Crown Princess’s family. In past years, we’ve seen Estelle and her parents baking in 2015 and going for a hike in one of Sweden’s national parks in 2016.

    Earlier this month, Victoria, 40, and Daniel attended the annual festivities to honor selected 2017 Nobel prize winners, along with other members of the royal family. Though her younger sister Princess Madeleine, 35, flew in from London for the annual awards, she was forced to miss the post-ceremony celebrations after complaining of pregnancy related back pain. She is expecting her third child, a sibling for Princess Leonore, 3, and Prince Nicolas, 2, in April 2018.



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    Royals unite!

    After an active morning on the ice, Prince William and Kate Middleton changed out of their pom-pom hats and snow boots for a glamorous luncheon with the Swedish royal family at the Royal Palace of Stockholm on day one of their four-day tour of Sweden and Norway.

    Hosted by King Carl KVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, the lunch was also attended by Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel.

    All three couples gathered together for the ultimate royal photo op in one of the stunning palace drawing rooms.

    Kate showed off her growing baby bump in a forest green Catherine Walker dress with black sheer stockings and pumps. And her signature blowout was as perfect as ever, proving that all the products and tools her private hairdresser, Amanda Cook Tucker, packed for the tour went to good use!

    Victoria and Daniel have a lot in common with the British royals. In addition to being the future King and Queen, they are also parents to two young children: 5-year-old Princess Estelle and 1-year-old Prince Oscar.

    Following the luncheon, Will and Kate, accompanied by Victoria and Daniel, will walk through the picturesque cobbled streets of Stockholm from the royal palace to the Nobel Museum. From the Nobel Museum, they will travel to Ark Des, Sweden’s national center for architecture and design.

    Later in the evening, they will attend a black tie dinner at the residence of the British ambassador, attended by members of the Swedish royal family, and representatives from government, and popular culture, including Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, and actors Stellan Skarsgård and Alicia Vikander.

    With reporting by SIMON PERRY

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    Two future queens, side by side!

    On the first day of their official visit to Sweden, Prince William and Kate Middleton met up with their hosts (and Swedish counterparts!), Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel after a morning spent watching (and playing a bit of) bandy hockey. After a lunch with Victoria’s parents, King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia, the foursome bundled up to make their way to Stockholm’s Nobel Museum, where they met with the curator to learn a bit more about Sweden’s famed Nobel Laureate system.

    And Kate and Victoria, it seems, have more in common than just their royal status: They both wore green, faux fur-trimmed coats for the occasion. (Their futures don’t exactly align: While Victoria will one day be the monarch, Kate will be the consort.)

    Victoria’s coat is from Ida Sjostedt, a Swedish designer. Kate wore a green coat with black faux fur cuffs and a black faux fur lapel by TROY London over a green dress by Catherine Walker. She also wore the Peruvian Connection alpaca hat we saw her wear on Christmas Day. (Troy was founded by Kate’s friend, Rosie van Cutsem.) Kate’s earrings were Green Amethyst and Green Tourmaline Special Edition  in 18-carat yellow gold by Kiki McDonough.

    It was a reunion of sorts of the two couples, who are basically each other’s counterparts in their respective countries. One day, William will be King, and Victoria will be Queen — and the two are actually distant cousins! Their ages are within just a few years of one another — William and Kate are 35 and 36, respectively, while Victoria is 40 and Daniel is 44. Their children are close in age, too, and they each have one girl and boy (though in opposite order): Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar are 6 and almost 2, and Prince George and Princess Charlotte are 4 and 2. Victoria and Daniel also attended William and Kate’s 2011 wedding.

    RELATED VIDEO: Pregnant Kate Middleton Boldly Hits the Ice as She Rounds Her Third Trimester

    The group’s arrival to the Nobel Museum gathered quite a crowd in Stockholm. Well-wishers and locals even had a chance to hand over gifts to the royals. Karin Wahlgren, 75, from the suburb of Järfälla, handed William a special glove to wipe their dog Lupo’s paws with.

    Princess Victoria, Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Daniel

    “You hold the dog with one hand and use the glove on the other to wipe him,” she told PEOPLE. “He said, ‘The dog always comes in with dirty paws, so it will come in handy.’ ’”

    Wahlgren was also awestruck by Kate, who she says “was more beautiful in reality than I imagined she’d be. She has a sort of radiance.”

    Staci Cunningham, another member of the crowd, told PEOPLE that she chatted about the bitter Swedish cold with William and Kate.

    “We asked them if they were enjoying their visit,” she said. “They are. They were friendly and sweet. It was kind of them to take so much tome in the cold.”

    Also among the crowd was math teacher Niklas Schild, 33, who told William that he’s planning to travel to Windsor to join the festivities surrounding Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle on May 19.

    “William told me, ‘You’ll be very welcome — it will be a very happy day’,” said Niklas.

    The couple also chatted to British 7-year-olds Tia Hart and Eva Rouse, who live in Stockholm.

    “Kate asked us if we like living here and what kind of things we like doing,” said Tia. “We said we like tobogganing and she said that her children would love that too.”

    And wellwisher Christine Redrin, 50, gave Wiliam and Kate presents for Prince George and Princess Charlotte — two stuffed toy elks.

    “I loved Princess Diana and her boys are just like her,” she told reporters. “I told William that I’m so happy for Harry getting married, and he thanked me. I remember them when they were little boys and they have both been through such a lot, and it’s lovely to see them happy.”

    Earlier, William and Kate had enjoyed a private lunch at Stockholm’s Royal Palace, hosted by King Carl Gustaf and Queen Sylvia, before emerging from the palace doors with Victoria and Daniel, who proudly showed them the view of the river before walking with them through the cobbled streets a short distance to the square.


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    Heirs to the throne!

    Princess Estelle poses alongside her grandfather, King Carl XVI Gustaf, and her mom, Crown Princess Victoria, in a regal new portrait released by Sweden’s Royal Palace this week.

    The photo, which was taken on the day of the Nobel ceremonies on December 10 in Stockholm, was released to mark 200 years of rule by the Swedish royal family.

    Emphasizing continuity, all three generations of the royal family are dressed in blue, with the king and his heir apparent both wear ceremonial sashes.

    According to Bernadotte family tradition, 5-year-old Princess Estelle will be allowed to wear one of the family’s many tiaras, like her mom, when she turns 18. In the portrait, Victoria is wearing the stunning Swedish Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara.

    The king, who has been the monarch for 44 years, gave a speech to some 300 dignitaries who gathered together on Monday at Stockholm’s National Hall to celebrate two centuries of the Bernadotte dynasty’s reign.

    “My wish is that the royal palace should be a living place, a place for conversation. A link between our history and our present,” he said. “I dare to believe that this would also have been my ancestor Karl XIV Johan’s wish too.”

    Surprisingly, the founder of the dynasty, Karl XIV Johan, was not Swedish — but French. He was a successful marshall in the army of France’s then almost omnipotent kingmaker, the self-styled Emperor Napoleon.

    Jean Baptiste Berndotte didn’t even speak Swedish, but came to the country’s throne after the country was in crisis in early 1818.

    Sweden’s previous monarch, Karl XIII, had no natural heirs, and his successor, the Danish prince Christian August, suffered a sudden fatal stroke.

    Bernadotte was rewarded for his service to Napoleon with the throne and changed his name to the more Swedish sounding Karl Johan.

    His wife Désirée, a former fiancée of Napoleon, didn’t appreciate the nation’s cold, wet climate and lived in Paris for more than 12 years before moving to Scandinavia.

    Nevertheless, the couple had a child together who inherited the monarchy on his father’s death in March 1844 as King Oscar I.


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    A princess can do just about anything in heels!

    First, Kate Middleton expertly recovers after getting her sky-high stilettos stuck in a metal grate, and now, Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria is running through the palace in her high heels.

    In support of the Swedish campaign App & Hoppa Sverige, which inspires young people to stay active, the royal released a video this week that shows her running up and down the stairs and hallways of the royal palace in Stockholm — in her pantsuit and heels, no less.

    The video begins with Victoria sitting at her desk in the middle of her royal work when a staff member comes in. Victoria then says, “It’s time again,” and she stands up and walks out the door. She then turns a corner and starts to sprint up the stairs, giving viewers a glimpse of Victoria’s impressive stamina in heels and the stunning palace decor!

    Generation Pep, or Gen-Pep, is a non-profit Victoria founded with her husband, Prince Daniel, that aims to “spread knowledge and engage both people and organizations in a joint effort to make it easier for children and young people to live a healthy life.”

    Encouraging physical wellbeing is an important cause for the royal family. Before being a royal, Daniel was a personal trainer and gym owner. In fact, he met Victoria when he became her personal trainer in 2001.

    RELATED VIDEO: Will and Kate Pose with the Swedish Royal Family in the Ultimate Royal Photo Op!

    The couple has passed on their love of staying active to their children, too. In October, they shared an adorable video of 5-year-old Princess Estelle showing off her somersault skills alongside her dad.

    Just last week, Victoria and Daniel hosted Princess Kate and Prince William during their royal couple’s tour of Sweden and Norway.


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    A French photographer has been accused of groping Sweden’s heir apparent Crown Princess Victoria.

    According to reports, Jean-Claude Arnault allegedly grabbed the princess’s bottom at an event organized by the Swedish Academy at its Villa Bergsgården in Stockholm in an incident that is said to have occurred around 2006. The Swedish Academy is the body that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature.

    Mr Arnault’s lawyer, Björn Hurtig, told The Telegraph: “My client most strongly denies these allegations. He claims that these malicious rumors serve a single purpose; to blacken his name and damage him.” Hurtig has yet to respond to PEOPLE’s request for further comment.

    One of the princess’s aides forcibly removed Arnault’s hand from Victoria’s buttocks, according to reports in Svenska Dagbladet and other local media outlets, including Sweden’s national broadcaster STV, who cited multiple sources.

    “He was lurking behind (her) and I saw his hand land on her neck and go down. All the way down,” Ebba Witt-Brattström, a 64-year-old scholar in comparative literature, said.

    One of the Victoria’s female assistants immediately neutralized the situation, Witt-Brattström added.

    “She just flew at Arnault. She grabbed him and pushed him away,” Witt-Brattström told Sweden’s Expressen newspaper. “The Crown Princess turned in surprise. I guess she had never been groped. She just looked like ‘What?’ ”

    At the time of the alleged incident, Arnault was 59 years old, and Crown Princess Victoria was 27. 

    In November 2017, the Swedish Academy was rocked by allegations made by 18 women claiming that Arnault had either groped or harassed them at a cultural center he ran or at Swedish Academy-owned apartments in Stockholm and Paris.

    French-born Arnault, 71, is currently married to former Swedish Academy member Katarina Frostenson, 65. He denies all accusations made against him. No criminal charges have been filed.

    Sweden’s Royal Palace has not officially commented on the incident, but has previously indicated its support for the #MeToo campaign. Crown Princess Victoria, now 40, and her mother Queen Sylvia both personally visited a Stockholm theatre presenting actress’ accounts of sexual harassment within the entrainment industry in November 2017.

    At that time, Princess Victoria told local media that #MeToo was “an extremely important campaign.”

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    The incident has sparked protests from six members of the Swedish Academy’s 18-person committee. Technically none can resign as they are life-long appointments — but they also cannot be forced to participate in the Academy’s activities, including the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature.

    “After our next Thursday meeting there will most probably be a statement on whether we will award a prize this year or reserve it for next year, in which case two prizes for literature will be announced in October 2019,” Per Wästberg, a committee spokesman, told The Guardian.

    A decision will likely be announced early next week, he added.


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    Wedding season is in full swing and the Swedish royals made sure to RSVP.

    Princes Madeleine served as a bridesmaid when her longtime friend Louise Gottlieb married Gustav Thott at Holo Church in Södermanland on Saturday. Just under three months after welcoming her third child with husband Christopher O’Neill, she donned an airy, ruffled light blue gown.

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    Madeline’s family — including her parents Queen Silvia and King Carl, her sister Crown Princess Victoria, her brother Prince Carl Philip and his wife Princess Sofia — also attended. Silvia and Carl are friends of the bride’s parents.

    IBL/REX/Shutterstock (9699360x) Prince Daniel, Princess Sofia of Sweden, Prince Carl Philip, Exclusive - The Wedding of Louise Gottlieb and Gustav Thott, Holo church, Sweden IBL/REX/Shutterstock (9699360x) Prince Daniel, Princess Sofia of Sweden, Prince Carl Philip, Exclusive - The Wedding of Louise Gottlieb and Gustav Thott, Holo church, Sweden

    Victoria, wearing a blush pink floral organza Jenny Packham gown, arrived arm in arm with her husband, Prince Daniel. Sofia, 33, rocked a yellow one-shoulder dress with a slit on the left side, and was all smiles alongside Carl Philip throughout the ceremony. Both Victoria, 40, and Sofia wore matching brooches on their left sides.

    RELATED VIDEO: Princess Sofia and Prince Carl Philip Welcome Second Child

    Following the church service, guests were taken by boat to the family’s summer home, where another ceremony took place, as well as dinner and dancing.

    Carl Philip, 39, and Sofia’s scene-stealing moment at Gottlieb’s nuptials came almost three years to the date after the royal couple tied the knot at Royal Chapel of Stockholm Palace on June 13, 2015. They’ve since welcomed sons Prince Alexander, 2, and Prince Gabriel, born in August.


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    It’s Nationaldagen (National Day) in Sweden and Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar are decked out in traditional garb for the celebration!

    The scene-stealing 6-year-old daughter of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel is pictured wearing a traditional Swedish national dress in white, yellow and blue — the latter two colors appear on the country’s flag. However, Estelle is too young to wear the hat, known as a Sverigedräkten, which is also part of the costumeThe head scarf is only worn by Swedish princesses once they’re married. Therefore, Estelle’s mom Victoria is permitted to wear one, as are Princess Madeleine, Princess Sofia, and of course, Queen Silvia.

    Estelle’s 2-year-old brother Oscar donned a simple yet classic crisp white button down shirt and dark blue shorts for Sweden’s annual national day on Wednesday.

    Sweden began officially celebrating the holiday on June 6 in 1983 to commemorate the day Gustav Vasa was crowned king in 1523, as well as the day a new constitution was adopted in 1809. Arthur Hazelius, the founder of Skansen, Stockholm’s open-air museum, first suggested the idea for national day and started celebrating there as early as the 1890s.

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    Now each year the king and queen partake in a ceremony at the museum, during which the Swedish flag is run up the mast and children in traditional costumes present the couple with bouquets of summer flowers.


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    First day jitters? Not for Princess Estelle!

    Just one day after the Swedish royal family shared adorable photos of their summer break at Solliden Palace in Öland — which included pony rides, nature walks and boat rides —  it was time for Estelle to kick off the new school year. Escorted by her parents, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, the 6-year-old was all smiles heading into her new school, Campus Manilla in Stockholm, on Tuesday.

    Estelle, who is second in line to the Swedish throne behind her mother, wore the perfect first day ensemble: a white skirt and blue shirt, topped by a light pink jacket and her grey backpack.

    Students headed into school in a unique way: by hopping aboard a yellow and red train for a ride!

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    In photos released by the family’s official Instagram page, she looked eager to learn seated at her desk among her classmates, and she happily looked over some learning materials.

    RELATED: Swedish Royal Family Shares Their Summer Photo Album — and Princess Victoria Got Behind the Camera!

    Victoria said in an interview last year that Estelle’s lively personality is a mix from both her mother and father.

    “I think Estelle gets her character from both of us,” she said. “She is very curious about people, she is very social and very brave. It’s an asset in life, particularly in her role.”


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    Why keep family photos in your wallet when you can put your loved ones right on your phone case?

    Prince Daniel of Sweden revealed the tech-savvy reminder of his wife, Crown Princess Victoria, and their two children, Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar, at Sunday’s Race and Pep Day in Stockholm. As he chatted on the phone, fans realized that the cover featured a never-before-seen shot featuring the trio.

    In the photo, Victoria gazes lovingly as her son as the two children smile for the camera, with Estelle hugging her mother’s arm. The portrait is believed to have been taken along with the snaps released for Estelle’s sixth birthday back in February, as the second-in-line to the Swedish throne appears to be wearing the same outfit.

    Along with a 5K race, the day of sports also includes a fun race for 6 to 12-year-olds named for Prince Daniel. Following the event, all participants were awarded medals by the royal, a former personal trainer who celebrated his 45th birthday on Saturday.

    “The purpose of Prince Daniel’s race and Pep Day is to make more young people move and attract them to the sport,” according to the Swedish royal family’s website.

    RELATED: Swedish Royal Family Shares Their Summer Photo Album — and Princess Victoria Got Behind the Camera!

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    I dag ägde Pep-dagen och Prins Daniels lopp rum i Hagaparken i Stockholm. Pep-dagen inleddes med Prins Daniels lopp där Prinsen delade ut medaljer till alla deltagare. Efter Prins Daniels lopp deltog Prinsen i aktiviteter från scen och i parken. Som avslutning på Pep-dagen besteg Prinsen Hagaberget tillsammans med En Frisk Generation och äventyraren Oskar Kihlborg. Pep-dagen anordnas för att uppmuntra barn och unga till rörelseglädje. 📸 Kungahuset.se #kungahuset #prinsdaniel #kronprinsessparetsstiftelse #generationpep #pepdagen

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    Estelle participated in the race for the first time, wearing a bib with the number 85, while her 2-year-old brother cheered her on from his mother’s arms.

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    The little princess also showed off her bold side, strapping on a helmet to try skateboarding. She proved to be fearless, sporting a big grin as she cruised down the road — and even when she took a spill!

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    Before Estelle headed back to school, the family enjoyed a summer break at Solliden Palace in Öland. Princess Victoria even got behind the camera to capture some of their special memories, like a moment of sibling love and a family nature walk in the woods.


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