Crown Princess Victoria at the European Athletics Championships: August 2006
Crown Princess Victoria has accepted the invitation to attend the Opening Ceremony of the 19th European Athletics Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden in August.
The Crown Princess has also expressed interest in attending parts of the competitions. The Crown Princess' Household together with the organising committee will plan a schedule for her attendance together.
The Queen is the competition's highest protector, but both the King and Queen have turned down the invitation to attend, which has caused some discussion among sports fans and media, as the King is otherwise a very sports interested person. The Royal Court have said that the Royal Couple will be on private vacation at the time.
Sources: the official website of the 19th European Athletics Championships, Göteborgs Posten
Right now Crown Princess Victoria is in Gotheburg on the west coast of Sweden to attend the 19th European Athletics Championships at the Ullevi Stadium.
She looks very tanned (perhaps the Swedish media has also totally missed out on her on a vacation in France...), but that outfit is horrendeous! It looks like something that an old grandma would wear...
Pictures by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Image
Thank you for the picture series!
Is it just me or does Victoria look, as if this wouldn´t be her day and not the place, she wants to be and as if this, all together, would be faaar tooo soon after her faaaar tooo short summer vacation Well, could just be the pics...it´s not always fair to judge moods from pics...
She is at a sports event. Would look silly to sit there with a grin on her face all day.
Why would it look silly to smile when opening a sports event? Especially an important international sport event like this. (AND on a day where their golden girl Karolina Klüft basically got handed the gold medal before even starting to compete.)
And who is talking about all day? It was the official opening so it would not be to much to ask that she atleast pretended to like it for 5 minutes, its her job afterall, she looked even more gumpy on TV than on theese pictures
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Carolina Klüft has just won her 5th straight championship (6th if you count the junior world title) in heptathlon at the European Championships in Gothenburg tonight! Crown Princess Victoria was in the crowd (I saw someone who looked like Prince Carl Philip as well, but I don't know if it was really him), and just after 9 PM she will be the one to award the gold medal at the prize giving ceremony. "Flower girl" will be the Vice President of the EU Commission, Margot Wallström.
Picture by Carina Olofsson, Göteborgsposten
Crown Princess Victoria watched the morning session at the stadium today, and after that she left together with the General Secretary of the Swedish Athletic Association and her Court Marshal, Elisabeth Tarras-Wahlberg, to go on the tram together with a group of Swedish athletes.
I think the way her (beautiful) hair is, makes her look a bit harsh. It's usually in a poney tail or just hanging down. She could do lots of things with it (not necessarely elaborate) and it would make her look younger IMO.
In a very emotional prize giving ceremony for the women's heptathlon earlier tonight, Swedish Carolina Klüft received her European gold medal from the hands of Crown Princess Victoria. The 30 000 crowd gave her an enourmous response as she secured the gold, and when she stepped up to receive it - tears came.
Victoria looked great tonight, quite an improvement from the outfit from yesterday, and she was so happy for Carolina. After the ceremony, Carro said to SVT's studio programme: - To receive the medal from the Crown Princess, hear the national anthem were everyone sang along, it made the tears come when I stood there on the podium.
A few additional pictures from yesterday (Monday), the day when Crown Princess Victoria officially declared the European Championships in Athletics in Gothenburg open... (from the championship's website)
Crown Princess Victoria and Allwin, the mascot of the European Championships (a crane, the landscape bird of Västergötland, were the games are hosted) outside the VIP entrance to Ullevi
In the VIP lounge: Crown Princess Victoria together with Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee, Yngve Andersson, Chairman of the Swedish Athletic Association, Lamine Diack, Chairman of the International Association of Athletics Federation, and Hansjörg Wirz, Chairman of the European Athletic Association.