Princess Estelle of Sweden, Duchess of Östergötland (Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary; born 23 February 2012), is the elder child and only daughter of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland. She is the first grandchild of King Carl XVI Gustaf, and is second in line of succession to the Swedish throne.
Princess Estelle was born at 04:26 CET on 23 February 2012. She weighed 3.280 kg (7.23 lb) and was 51 cm (20 in) long at birth. The birth was greeted by two 21-gun salutes on Skeppsholmen Island, opposite the royal palace in the capital Stockholm. Her names and title were announced on 24 February 2012 by her maternal grandfather, The King. The father of the princess registered his legal surname as Bernadotte after marrying her mother who belongs to that royal dynasty. Princess Estelle, like other members of the royal family, does not have a surname.
There has been speculation that Estelle was given her name in honour of Countess Estelle Bernadotte (1904–1984), the American wife of Count Folke Bernadotte. On 24 February 2012, the King announced the name at a cabinet meeting saying that the name Estelle is very close to the heart of her mother and also the family. Countess Estelle Bernadotte's son Folke Bernadotte Jr. said in an interview that he is very honoured that Estelle was (as he assumes) named after his mother, and that the royal family had a special relationship to her and her charity work.
Prior to the official announcement of her name and title, an error resulted in the royal website displaying the false name and title Ulrika Marianna Annika David - Duchess of Upplands Väsby which was later removed. The staff eventually revealed the reason was that they were testing the system.
Estelle was christened on 22 May 2012 at the Royal Chapel of Stockholm Palace in Stockholm, Sweden. Her godparents were her maternal uncle, Prince Carl Philip of Sweden; her paternal aunt, Anna Westling-Söderström; Willem-Alexander, the then-Prince of Orange; Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (for whom she was given her fourth name); and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway. She was christened in the family's antique christening gown which was first worn by Prince Gustaf Adolf when he was christened in 1906. Her name and date of christening was added in embroidery to the gown. On the date of the christening, a limited-edition prayer book titled Princess Estelle's Prayerbook (Swedish: Prinsessan Estelles bönbok) was released and published.
Princess Estelle is second in the line of succession to the Swedish throne. Princess Estelle is the first female in Swedish history to be born with a right to inherit the crown that cannot be superseded by the birth of a male heir, as well as the first person in Swedish history to be born of a female heir apparent. The only two princesses of Sweden to be born first in line for the throne were heir presumptive at their birth: Christina (who eventually became queen regnant) and Hedwig Sophia (who was superseded by a younger brother).
Education and royal functions
As second in line to the Swedish throne, Princess Estelle has been in the public eye since birth. On 17 May 2014, two-year-old Princess Estelle undertook her first official engagement, which was inaugurating a fairytale path, named in her honour as "Duchess Estelle's Fairytale Path" in Tåkern, Östergötland. At the time of her christening, she was presented with a miniature swan and certificate to the trail indicating that in the future she would perform official engagements there. She also visited Linköping Castle, where she was received by Elisabeth Nilsson, Kristina Zetterström and Ann-Catrine Hjerdt, the mayor of Linköping.
Princess Estelle attended the wedding of her aunt, Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland and Christopher O'Neill on 8 June 2013. She attended the christening of her cousin the Duchess of Gotland on 8 June 2014.
On 30 July 2014 Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Estelle visited Sollidens castle.
On 25 August 2014, Princess Estelle started preschool at Äventyret Preschool in Danderyd Municipality, Stockholm. The Äventyret Preschool was founded in 1992 and uses the Ur & Skur outdoor teaching methods to teach children about nature and to convey a sense of the natural world. Äventyret means adventure in Swedish.
On 13 June 2015, Princess Estelle served as a bridesmaid at the wedding of her maternal uncle.
Titles, styles, and honours
Titles and styles
Estelle is styled as: Her Royal Highness Princess Estelle of Sweden, Duchess of Östergötland.
Swedish appointments and honours
- Sweden :
- Member of the Royal Order of the Seraphim (23 February 2012, presented 22 May 2012)
- Commemorative Ruby Jubilee Medal of His Majesty The King (15 September 2013)
- Commemorative 70th Birthday Medal of His Majesty The King (30 April 2016)
|Ancestors of Princess Estelle, Duchess of Östergötland|