On Friday 14 July, The Crown Princess celebrates her 40th birthday. The celebrations commence in Stockholm on Friday and conclude on Öland on Saturday 15 July.
The Crown Princess’ birthday began with a thanksgiving service, Te Deum, in the Royal Chapel at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. The service was attended by the Royal Family, representatives of the Riksdag, the Swedish Government and official Sweden, and the staff of the Royal Court.
The Te Deum is an ancient church ceremony, which in a royal context takes place in connection with important events at the Royal Court: weddings and christenings, birthdays, jubilees or other ceremonial occasions. The Te Deum ceremony is usually held in the Royal Chapel, either on the day of the celebration itself, or the day after.
Guest list for the Te Deum i the Royal Chapel
Watch a film about celebrations to mark The Crown Princess’ 40th birthday. Photo: Kaffegruppen/Kungahuset.se
Afterwards, a reception was held at Logården for all guests who attended the Te Deum.
At 12.00, a 21-gun salute was fired from Skeppsholmen saluting station. Salutes were also fired from the saluting stations in Boden, Härnösand, Karlskrona and Gothenburg.
The Crown Princess Family then travelled by cortège from the Royal Palace through Stockholm to the Royal Stables.
The birthday celebrations continued during the evening on Öland. The Royal Family travelled by horse and carriage from Solliden Palace to Borgholm Sports Arena.
Kalle Moraeus served as Victoria Day compere, and the artists taking part were Malena Ernman, Magnus Uggla, Jill Johnson, Marcus & Martinus, Boris René and Christer Lindarw.
The Crown Princess presented this year´s Victoria Scholarship to to Olympic gold medallist and mountain-biker Jenny Rissveds from Falun.
In a speech delivered at the festivities at Borgholm Sports Arena, The Crown Princess said:
“The first time Victoria Day took place here at Borgholm I was just two years old. Now I am… well, a little older. And I have so many wonderful memories of events here. I remember when the stage was a small platform…
I also recall how exciting it was, as a child, to be involved and to present the Victoria Scholarship to the year’s chosen athlete. And what fantastic athletes we have been able to celebrate over the years – and this year is no exception! Jenny, your Olympic gold in Rio was incredible!
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Today is sometimes also called Öland’s national day. This makes me both proud and happy – that my birthday has come to be associated with this beautiful island. For me, Öland is, and always has been, a summer paradise. For my family – for many generations. Many thanks to all Ölanders, who make us feel so welcome and at home here.
And I also want to take the opportunity to thank the people of Sweden for all the warmth and love you have shown me! I cannot put into words how much this means to me!”
Saturday 15 July
The festivities continued on the Saturday when The Crown Princess’ birthday was celebrated in the traditional manner outside Solliden Palace on Öland. Several thousand visitors had gathered in front of the palace to congratulate The Crown Princess.
Friday 14 July – Stockholm
10.00 Te Deum
Thanksgiving service in the Royal Chapel at the Roya Chapel
Reception at Logården for the guests who attended the Te Deum
Presentation of gifts by the Prime Minister, the Speaker of the Riksdag, county governors and the Royal Court.
12.00 Gun salute
The Swedish Armed Forces fire a salute from Skeppsholmen.
The Crown Princess Family travel by horse and carriage from the Royal Palace via Slottsbacken, Slottskajen, Norrbro, Gustav Adolfs Torg, Fredsgatan, Tegelbacken, Vasagatan, Kungsgatan and Birger Jarlsgatan to the Royal Stables.
Friday 14 July – Borgholm
Cortège departs from Solliden Palace to Borgholm Sports Arena
18.30 Victoria Day
Victoria Day celebrations at Borgholm Sports Arena
Saturday 15 July – Solliden
8.30 The gates open to the public at Solliden Palace
11.00 Birthday celebrations for The Crown Princess outside Solliden Palace
Read more about the celebrations at www.kungahuset.se/kronprinsessan40