Summary of a number of articles in Billed Bladet #29, 2013.
Written by our reporter on Öland Marianne Singer.
3.000 people had gathered at Sollidens Slott for Victoria's birthday. The weather was great, the ladies and gentlemen of the press were getting ready when suddenly a royal dog, in the shape of Madeleine's terrier Zorro, decided to investigate the commotion. Darting completely undisturbed around among humans and journalists. Having entertained the crowd for a few minutes the dog was called inside.
Then 45 minutes later Victoria showed up, carrying Estelle and flanked by her parents and Daniel, to loud cheers from the many well wishers.
King Carl Gustaf welcomed those who had shown up and after leading in a communal singing of the birthday son, he gave four cheers for Victoria.
And the King has apparantly gone freelance because microphone in hand he turned to his daughter: "Now for once I will interview the Crown Princess. It's a scoop. - How does it feel today? Has the Crown Princess recieved many presents? Nice presents"?
Victoria replied: "Thank you, thanks for asking. It feels really good". The King exclaimed: "But how nice! Exactly what I thought she should say...wonderful"!!
He also attempted to interview Estelle, but she opted for a no comment stance, so King Carl Gustaf had to give up: "We'll do that again another time".
Handing over Estelle to Daniel and Queen Silvia, who took turns in taking care of her, Victoria then spend the next hour and a half, slowly walking along the crowd, chatting, being photographed and recieving loads of gifts and flowers. Discreetly escorted by her parents who took care of the flowers and presents Victoria couldn't carry.
Estelle in the meantime ensured entertainment for the photographers. Including checking out a chain across a lane, which her dad visibly interpreted as his daughter attempting to dance limbo - and he demonstrated how to his mother-in-law... Alas the chain was too low...
One of mother Victoria's present, a long necklace, was something Estella had a lot of fun wriggling herself in and out of. - But hey, what's that on the lawn?
A red rose. Estelle picked it up and neatly placed it in a basket carried by Victoria's chief of court, Karolin Johansson.
Mother did get quite a lot of really good presents. Among them a stuffed dog, which Estelle fell in love with and held closely while she observed the proceedings in the comfort of her grandmother's arms.
At some point Estelle was also carried in the arms by her new nanny, 22 year old Adeleine Petersson, who has been working full time for V&D since June.
The old nanny, Elisabeth Zimmermann, will now work part time.
At some point our reporter got eye contact with Estelle and waved to her. Estelle attempted to return the curtesy, but her waving skills aren't that developed yet.
Our reporter also managed to ask Victoria about how the day had been so far, Victoria replied: "It's been a fantastic birthday. And it's really nice to celebrate it with my daughter, even though she doesn't understand everything. It makes it a bit different from what it usually is.
She (Estelle) thought it was fun with the presents, which she helped me unpacking".
The show ended at 15.45, by which the SRF retreated back inside.
But there was an evening show as well. The big concert at Borgholm sportsgrounds nearby. Here Queen Silvia and Victoria wore national costumes. The royal gentlemen and Madeleine were however in civillian attire. (*)
This being a Danish magazine the article focus on one singer, Emmelie de Forrest, the winner of the European Song Contest. She's half Swedish, so her presence is natural. - And then there were some other Swedish artists, something...
The SRF went backstage to say thanks to the performers after the show
(*) I notice all the royals wore a red rose, does that have some significanse?