Thank you everyone for all the photos and articles so far. Victoria certainly has looked lovely on this trip. It must be Australia.
Anyway, here is another article from the SMH. http://www.smh.com.au/news/National/...417690928.html
Life of a Swedish princess is not all charm
By Jordan Baker
March 12, 2005
Crown Princess Victoria in Melbourne yesterday, left, and suffering from an eating disorder in 1997, right.
To outsiders Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden seems to live a charmed life.
The cherubic beauty, who will arrive in Sydney next week, studied at Yale, has worked for the United Nations and is destined to become queen of a country in which royalty is adored.
But life as a princess is not all tiaras, ballgowns and princes. It also has pressures.
When she was 20, Victoria, who was often described as plump in the media, suddenly appeared in public looking dangerously thin.
The palace admitted that, like Princess Diana before her, Victoria was suffering from an eating disorder. In a public announcement, it blamed stress from public commitments and media scrutiny.
The princess, now 27, has learnt to cope with the pressure of royalty. She was a picture of health as she attended functions in Melbourne yesterday, giving Australia its third dose of royalty in a month.
But the spotlight has moved to Australian-born Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, whose big weight loss is alarming her admirers and prompting fears for her ability to produce an heir.
The two princesses are not close. But Victoria's years of experience in learning to handle life as a princess could be a valuable guide to Mary.
Princess Victoria has been heir to the Swedish throne since she was two, when the constitution was changed to allow a woman to be first in line to the throne even if she has a younger brother.
Unlike Britons, Swedes love and respect their royal family, so her childhood was as normal as royal childhoods get.
She went to "regular schools", studied political science at Yale, learnt French and did internships at the United Nations and the Swedish embassy in Washington.
But she battled with an eating disorder and struggled with her royal responsibilities. She later said: "There are times when you wish you were somewhere else and someone else."
As she gets older, the pressures grow. There are reports she wants to marry her boyfriend of three years, Daniel Westling, a gym owner. But he has been criticised in the media as being too "simple and uneducated".
"I'm tired of the speculations," the magazine Hello!
quoted her as saying. "It's really a problem to have a relationship with someone."
She has also begun official schooling in "queenology", according to the Swedish news website The Local.
Training involves a course in peace and conflict studies and a hectic schedule of royal trips, including the 10-day visit to Australia to promote Swedish design, fashion, music, travel and food.
Her trip here is the longest official trip she has made and includes royal gala dinners, fashion shows, trade seminars, exhibition openings and a special performance of the Abba show Mamma Mia