Crown Princess Victoria at 40: carriages and kids

The celebrations for the 40th birthday of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden are well and truly under way. We've had dancing, singing and speeches and that's before we even get to the carriages. On a sunny day in Stockholm, thousands have come along to join in the festivities for the future queen. Here's a look back at some of the images from this special day so far....

Crown Princess Victoria might well have got herself some goosebumps for her birthday as she walked into the Royal Chapel of the Royal Palace in Stockholm for the Te Deum held to mark the occasion. It was ever so slightly lovely, especially as her mum and dad, Queen Silvia and King Carl XVI Gustaf, walked towards her to welcome her to the church. You can see all the arrivals in this earlier post here.

After the celebrations, the family posed for photos.  Victoria's niece, three year old Leonore, was having none of that keep quiet and carry on nonsense. She had already busted out some moves in the courtyard before joining little brother, Nicolas, on the floor for some games while everyone else smiled for the cameras.

The reception included more smiles, official gift giving and a speech from the birthday girl thanking everyone who had come along to wish her well.  Even Prince Alexander, currently the youngest member of the family, gurgled along happily.

This is a big royal birthday so there were all kinds of big royal things going on including a gun salute and, of course, a balcony appearance. The image of future queen Victoria holding future queen Estelle, both so happy, is one for the history books.

The Crown Princess also headed off on a carriage ride with her husband, Prince Daniel, and their two children, Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar. We got a cute in ride snap from the royals posted on Instagram but there was no time for more photos. Thousands of people had turned out to see Victoria on her special day, an overwhelming response for a hugely popular royal. There are more celebrations to come but this has been a truly happy birthday for the Crown Princess of Sweden.

Photo credit: kungahuset Instagram.


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