The Crown Princess' birthday celebrations
Thousands of people had gathered at Solliden Palace on Öland to congratulate The Crown Princess on her 36th birthday. Photo: royalcourt.se
On Sunday 14 July, thousands of people gathered in the circular area in front of Solliden Palace on Öland to congratulate The Crown Princess on her 36th birthday.
Waiting for The Crown Princess. Photo: Stefan Jerrevång/Scanpix
The Crown Princess listened as people wished her a happy birthday in the sunshine, followed by a round of cheers from the crowd, which is traditionally led by The King. The Queen, Prince Daniel and Princess Estelle also attended the celebrations at Solliden.
The King began with a brief speech to The Crown Princess, after which he led the singing and cheers. Photo: Stefan Lindblom/Stella Pictures
At 13:00, a gun salute was fired from Skeppsholmen in Stockholm.
In the evening, The King and Queen, The Crown Princess Couple, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Madeleine and Mr Christopher O'Neill were driven from Solliden Palace to the celebrations at Borgholm Sports Arena in a horse-drawn cortège.
Johan Olsson receives the Victoria ScholarshipThe Crown Princess presented this year's Victoria Scholarship to cross-country skier Johan Olsson. Johan received the scholarship in recognition of "...having entered the history books of cross-country skiing and Swedish athletics through his successes at the 2013 World Ski Championships in Val di Fiemme. Johan has shown the experts of the entire skiing world that nothing is impossible — at least as far as he is concerned. For several years, his involvement in Swedish skiing has featured sterling efforts and a great deal of loyalty, including an Olympic gold medal for the relay event in Vancouver in 2010. He has now added two silvers and a gold in Val di Fiemme in 2013 to his medal tally. Johan's 50 km race at the World Ski Championships shows what a great skier he is. His attitude, his boldness and his incredible ability to spend most of the race alone at the front, pursued by a group of some of the world's finest cross-country skiers, resulted in a triumph the like of which has rarely been seen."
Celebrations to mark The Crown Princess' birthday continued at Borgholm Sports Arena on Öland. From left: This year's Victoria Scholarship recipient, skier Johan Olsson, Prince Daniel, The Crown Princess, The King, The Queen, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Madeleine and Mr Christopher O'Neill. Photo: Stefan Jerrevång/Scanpix
Artists including Emmelie de Forest, Louise Hoffsten, Robin Stjernberg, Top Cats, Tommy Körberg, Darin Zanyar, Zarah Larsson and Malin Byström provided musical entertainment.
In connection with the birthday celebrations, a collection was held via Radiohjälpen to raise money for Crown Princess Victoria's fund for people with disabilities or chronic illnesses. Find out more about Solliden Palace here.
The magazine Medi@Boom was granted an interview with The Crown Princess after the celebrations at Solliden. The Crown Princess had previously met representatives from Medi@Boom in 2004. Photo: royalcourt.se