The Crown Princess Couple and Princess Estelle visit Linköping Castle and open the Fairytale Path at Lake Tåkern

Motiv: Princess Estelle met a frog along the Fairytale Path. All the creatures along the path have their habitats at Lake Tåkern. Photo: Anna Hållams/TT

Motiv: Along the Fairytale Path. Photo: royalcourt.se

Motiv: The Fairytale Path begins with a wooden bridge over the water, and runs through the reeds with views over Lake Tåkern. There are ten stops along the trail, each of which tells part of the fairytale. Photo: royalcourt.se

Motiv: A large crowd had gathered to welcome Princess Estelle, The Crown Princess and Prince Daniel to Östergötland. Photo: Patrick van Katwijk/Stella Pictures

Motiv: County Governor Elisabeth Nilsson gives a guided tour of Duchess Estelle's Room. Photo: David Sica/Stella Pictures

Motiv: The Crown Princess Couple and Princess Estelle at Tåkern Visitor Centre. There, the Fairytale Path was opened with a speech by County Governor of Östergötland County Elisabeth Nilsson. Princess Estelle played on a rocking swan. This symbolises Svanshals, which is the name of the place and the church where the visitor centre is situated, and the mute swan which is the province bird of Östergötland. Photo: royalcourt.se

On Saturday 17 May, The Crown Princess Couple and Princess Estelle visited Linköping Castle and opened the Fairytale Path at Tåkern Visitor Centre, a christening gift to Princess Estelle from Östergötland County.

The visit began at Linköping Castle, where County Governor Elisabeth Nilsson welcomed them to the county. Linköping Castle is now home to Duchess Estelle's Room, which was shown to the visitors by Court Architect Mats Fredriksson and Museum Director Markus Lindberg. The room is located next to the dining room, where lunch was then served.

The Crown Princess Couple and Princess Estelle are welcomed to Linköping Castle. Photo: royalcourt.se

The Crown Princess Couple and Princess Estelle are welcomed to Linköping Castle. Photo: royalcourt.se

Linköping Castle traces its roots back to the beginning of the 12th century, when Bishop Gisle built a bishop's palace and a fortified house on the site. Parts of the bishop's palace make up the castle's west wing today. In the 16th century the castle became a royal palace, and was extended. The first county governor moved into the castle in the late 1700s. Find out more about Linköping Castle hereexternal link, opens in new window.

During the afternoon, The Crown Princess Couple and Princess Estelle visited Lake Tåkern, one of Northern Europe's most important bird reserves. The Crown Princess Couple and Princess Estelle opened the Fairytale Path, a christening gift to Princess Estelle in May 2012. The path is 700 metres long, and there are ten stops along the path with figures and activities for children to enjoy. Colourful illustrations along the path tell a fairytale, linking the various stops and leading visitors along the path.

Princess Estelle walks along the Fairytale Path. Photo: Anna Hållams/TT

Princess Estelle walks along the Fairytale Path. Photo: Anna Hållams/TT

The Duchy of Östergötland

On Friday 24 February 2012, The King announced at a cabinet briefing that the newborn Princess Estelle would be given the title Duchess of Östergötland. The previous Dukes of Östergötland were Duke Magnus (1542-1595), Duke Johan (1606-1618), Duke Fredrik Adolf (1772-1803), Prince Oscar (later King Oscar II) (1829-1907) and Duke Carl (1911-1937).

The King opened Tåkern Visitor Centre in 2012.external link, opens in new window

The King and Queen visited Östergötland County during The King's jubilee year, 2013.external link, opens in new window