Sunday, 1 May 2016

Prince Oscar's balcony debut

Prince Oscar of Sweden makes his balcony debut as the Swedish Royal Family celebrate King Carl XVI Gustaf's 70th birthday

It was his grandad's big day but he won't have minded one bit sharing the limelight with his second youngest grandson. As King Carl XVI Gustaf turned 70, Prince Oscar of Sweden made his balcony debut. Unsurprisingly, it was a huge hit.

Prince Oscar sizes up the cameras and decides he doesn't like them - the second newest royal in Europe isn't impressed by what has woken him from his snooze

Oscar joined Sweden's royals for a balcony appearance mid way through the day of celebrations for the 70th birthday of King Carl XVI Gustaf.  He almost, but not quite, stole the limelight from big sister, Princess Estelle, who got cuddles from just about everyone as she proved that four year olds love waving.

There was a speech from the birthday king as well as a huge crowd gathered to sing for him and to cheer on his 70th birthday.

They had been greeted by many more as they stepped into the courtyard of the Royal Palace for the traditional military ceremony held on the Swedish King's birthday.

With his son, and new dad, Prince Carl Philip at his side, King Carl XVI Gustaf took the salute and then received gifts of flowers from children.

Queen Silvia led the rest of the Royal Family in watching - with Victoria, Prince Daniel, Estelle, Princess Sofia, Princess Madeleine and Chris O'Neill at her side.
But they had more guests this year than usual as some of Europe's royals joined them - Queen Margrethe, Princess Beatrix, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary and Princess Martha Louise were all there for this part of the celebrations.

Then it was time for King Cartl XVI Gustf and Queen Silvia to enjoy a carriage ride through the streets of Stockholm which were lined with thousands of people wanting to share in the celebrations.

The royals headed to Stockholm City Hall for a special lunch held in King Carl XVI Gustaf's honour and more singing. And the star of the show looked rather moved as his family, friends and choirs joined in to serenade him on this special day.

After lunch, it was back to the Royal Palace for receptions for politicians who wanted to congratulate the king. 

Then it was time for a little rest before the gala evening celebrations and quite possibly a snooze. And that's an area of royal life that Prince Oscar is really rather good at, especially when he's just made his balcony debut.


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