When Princess Victoria celebrated her last birthday solo at Solliden

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FLASHBACK IN IMAGE – On July 14, 2008, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden celebrated, as she does every year, her birthday in public at Solliden Palace, the royal family’s vacation home on the island of Öland. For the last time officially as a single woman.

It’s a tradition. Every year on July 14, Princess Victoria of Sweden celebrates her birthday on the island of Öland, where the Swedish royal family’s summer resort is located. The occasion to receive bouquets, drawings and other gifts from the public invited to meet her in the gardens of Solliden Palace in the afternoon. Then to take part, surrounded by her family, in a ceremony in the ruins of Borgholm Castle during which, in traditional costume, she presents an award in her name.

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The 2024 vintage will not deviate from this unchanging program. The heiress to the Swedish crown will celebrate her 47th birthday in the same way this Sunday. A moment that she will experience in particular alongside her husband Prince Daniel and their two children, Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar, aged 12 and 8 respectively.

Still solo for her 31st birthday, alongside her fiancé the following year

We have to go back to 2008 to see the one who is destined to reign over Sweden celebrate her birthday as a single woman for the last time. For her 31st birthday, the young woman appeared solo, even though she shared the life of her former sports coach Daniel Westling. A man who had made her heart beat for several years already but who did not tick the boxes of a future prince consort, as the Kingdom of Sweden imagined.

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, still single, with her parents, brother and sister, at her 31st birthday ceremony in Borgholm on the island of Öland, July 14, 2008

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On July 14, 2009, Victoria was resplendent for her 32nd birthday. She had managed to impose her great love. The couple had been engaged for almost five months and Daniel could – finally – appear at her side for this official event… While waiting for their wedding which took place less than a year later.

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Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden with her fiancé Daniel Westling at Solliden Palace on the island of Öland on July 14, 2009, her 32nd birthday.

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