Celebrations for Crown Princess Victoria’s 40th birthday

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.

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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.

At the reception at Logården Speaker of the Riksdag Urban Ahlin and Prime Minister Stefan Löfven presented a gift from the Riksdag and the Swedish Government: a silver cruet stand to hold three small bowls for condiments. It has been made by silversmith Petronella Eriksson. The design is based on flowers and tendrils from climbing plants and is inspired by The Crown Princess’ love of nature. Engraver Lisa Henrich has engraved The Crown Princess’ monogram on one of the bowls. Photo: Kungahuset.se

The reception at Logården concluded with The Crown Princess thanking everyone for their attendance. Photo: Lisa Raihle Rehbäck/Kungahuset.se

The Crown Princess Family then travelled by cortège from the Royal Palace through Stockholm to the Royal Stables.

The Crown Princess Family travelled through Stockholm in a parade barouche from the Royal Stables. It is the same barouche used by The Crown Princess Couple at their wedding in 2010. Photo: Lisa Raihle Rehbäck/Kungahuset.se

The birthday celebrations continued during the evening on Öland. The Royal Family travelled by horse and carriage from Solliden Palace to Borgholm Sports Arena.

The Prince Couple and The Princess Couple en route from Solliden Palace to Borgholm Sports Arena and the celebrations for Victoria Day. Photo: Kungahuset.se

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 Scholarshipexternal link, opens in new window to to Olympic gold medallist and mountain-biker Jenny Rissveds from Falun.

Victoria Scholarship recipient Jenny Rissveds accepts her award from The Crown Princess. Photo: Vilhelm Stokstad/TT

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!”

Read the speech in full here.

The King gave a speech outside Solliden Palace and led four cheers for The Crown Princess. Photo: Mikael Fritzon/TT

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.

The King and Queen greet those who have gathered at Solliden Palace. Photo: Mikael Fritzon/TT

Messages of congratulations for The Crown Princess can be sent via the the Royal Court´s Facebook-pageexternal link or using the Royal Court website message formexternal link.

Programme for the celebration on 14 and 15 July

Friday 14 July – Stockholm

10.00 Te Deum
Thanksgiving service in the Royal Chapel at the Roya Chapel

11.15–13.00 Reception
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.

13.00 Cortège
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