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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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    Kronprinsessan Victoria och Prins Oscar är på plats i Hagaparken ☀ #pepdag #generationpep #kronprinsessanvictoria #prinsoscar

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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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    Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle aren’t the only royals who know how to rock a tiara!

    The Swedish royals dipped into their jewelry vault on Tuesday for a state banquet at the Royal Palace in Stockholm held in honor of president of Italy’s visit.

    Crown Princess Victoria stunned in a green gown topped with the Six-Button Tiara, an accessory made up of diamond rosettes that is a favorite Princess Christina, King Carl XVI Gustaf’s sister. Victoria and husband Prince Daniel also sported matching green and red sashes.

    Princess Sofia joined husband Prince Carl Philip sporting the tiara she previously wore on their wedding day in 2015 — with a twist. Although the sparkler, a gift from the King and Queen Silvia, was topped with emeralds for her walk down the aisle, Sofia has replaced the emeralds with pearls. She also gave off wedding vibes at the banquet with her white floor-length dress with three-quarter length sleeves.

    Queen Silvia accompanied Italian president Sergio Mattarella into the banquet wearing a purple gown and her Leuchtenberg Sapphire Tiara. The piece, a wedding gift from Napoleon to his step-daughter-in-law, Princess Augusta of Bavaria, has been worn by all queens of Sweden since Queen Victoria.

    President Mattarella is on a three-day visit, during which he’ll visit Stockholm and Skåne.

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

    Although the Swedes will not be attending Prince Charles‘ 70th birthday gala on Tuesday, Europe’s royals from Norway, Belgium, Luxembourg and Denmark are expected to be out in full force for the private party at Buckingham Palace.