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Old 12-19-2014, 10:01 AM
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Her lovely little face is the perfect blend of both CP and PD. Precious child.
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Old 12-19-2014, 11:15 AM
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Estelle von Schweden Ihr ganz besonderer Weihnachts-Gruss BUNTE.de
Sugar Sweet Video Princess Estelle decorates the Christmas tree GALA.DE

God Jul önskar prinsessan Estelle! Svensk Damtidning
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Prinsessan Estelles julhälsning från Haga Nyheter Expressen
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Här klär kronprinsessfamiljen granen och önskar god jul Stoppa Pressarna

PurePeople has a gallery with photos taken from the video and also some old photos
Princesse Estelle Coquine, elle décore le sapin et vous souhaite un joyeux Noël

TV4 News about Victoria and Estelle receiving the Christmas Trees
Här godkänner Estelle julgranen - TV4 Play

The king and queen were at Christmas shopping at 17.30 on Sunday with four bodyguards. Claudio Pena, who was also shopping, tells that they got a private tour of the toys. The other customers didn't get close to the royal couple who were in the store for half an hour before they were satisfied with their shopping. The shop was of course normally open when they were there.
According to an eyewitness the royal couple bought an electric car track and a walker for small children, likely to Princess Leonore.
- They stuffed the stuff in a black sack.
According to Claudio Pena both the king and queen listened with interest to the staff.
- A woman from the staff gave advice on what to buy and then she opened her own cash for them, said another witness.
- Some of the stuff was a little too expensive the king thought, said a source.
Kolla Estelle och Leonore*–*här handlar morfar julklapparna! Nyheter Aftonbladet
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Old 12-19-2014, 11:41 AM
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one thing to say..May God bless them :)
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Old 12-19-2014, 12:00 PM
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The concluding moments of that little video are so sweet!
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Old 12-19-2014, 02:43 PM
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Estelle is very sweet and full of energy. How nice that they do this video
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Old 12-19-2014, 03:00 PM
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Oh that's an enchanting video! I love their home and their Christmas tree, above all I like the sweet and relaxed way they have presented this special greeting!
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Old 12-19-2014, 09:45 PM
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I was wondering if we'd get a video this year & here it is!! Estelle is such a happy little girl, who my Dad thinks could have a future as a Rockette judging from those high kicks after she hung up her ornament...LOL!!

They really are such a loving & charming Family. Victoria & Daniel must be so excited for Christmas this year, as it's really the first year Estelle's old enough to truly understand what Christmas is. The next few days are going to be so much fun & special for all of them. :)


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Old 12-20-2014, 06:35 AM
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I am happy to see the family with Estelle , I like to see her , she is so cute.
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Old 12-22-2014, 08:53 AM
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How cute! Who is Claudio Pena? His name sounds italian...

A car track for little girls may be a bit odd though
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Old 12-22-2014, 09:01 AM
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Not so nice for Vic & Dan and Madde & Chris to find out via a newspaper what presents their kids are getting!


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Old 12-22-2014, 09:38 AM
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A car track for little girls may be a bit odd though
I don't know about that!? I'm very impressed and proud of the King and Queen that don't care if it is "girl toys" or "boy toys" they buy for their grandchildren. That is the spirit! Maybe it is still a bit unusual, but nothing odd!
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Old 12-22-2014, 09:44 AM
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We don't know if the king and queen buy presents only to Estelle and Leonore. For instance, princess Christina has three grandchildren, two of them are boys.
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Old 12-22-2014, 10:04 AM
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I don't know about that!? I'm very impressed and proud of the King and Queen that don't care if it is "girl toys" or "boy toys" they buy for their grandchildren. That is the spirit! Maybe it is still a bit unusual, but nothing odd!

Well as a girl I only wanted to play with "girl stuff" such as barbies, castles etc but maybe at so a young age Estelle and Leonore simply don't care
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Old 12-23-2014, 02:50 AM
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Carl Philip and Sofia told about their Christmas after the Christmas concert yesterday evening.
- We celebrate Christmas in Stockholm and Dalarna, we take the opportunity when the families are gathered, says Sofia after the concert.
Also Carl Philip thinks that the concert provides "a nice Christmas spirit" and is a good start to the weekend.
- It's great to be uncle again. A great feeling, so this will be a particularly good Christmas for the whole family. We have already had some small Christmas with my sisters and their families, the prince said.
Carl Philip och Sofia rockade in julhelgen Nyheter Expressen

The king was on Monday shopping in the middle of the Christmas rush. He was seen going into an antique store in central Stockholm. Forty minutes later he came out with a black bag in his hand. What he bought remains a secret.
http://y.cdn-expressen.se/images/45/...6x9/912@70.jpg

The king and queen attended this evening at the concert of Drottningholm Palace Theatre at the Royal Chapel at the Drottningholm Palace.
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Old 12-25-2014, 02:24 AM
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Madeleine wished everyone Merry Christmas at her Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/PrincessMad...type=1&theater

The king has held his traditional Christmas speech and it will be shown tonight at 19.45 on SVT1.
The speech
H.M. Konungens jultal 2014 - Sveriges Kungahus
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Video of the speech, first a little history
H. M. Konungens jultal - Avsnitt 1 SVT Play

The Christmas greeting from Haga has been watched at the Royal Court's Youtube well over 1 million times!
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Celebrating Christmas in Sweden today
from www.sweden.se - Sweden's official web portal


Christmas is the greatest festivity of the year in Sweden. In former times, it was an occasion for the whole family, when everyone finally had a chance to eat fresh food. Today, the emphasis is on the children and on Christmas presents. In Sweden, Christmas Day and Boxing Day used to be the most important part of the holiday, but nowadays most Swedes celebrate Christmas Eve, 24 December.
Advent

In anticipation of the holiday, shops begin selling Christmas articles as early as November. Streets and trees in cities and towns are decorated with festive lighting, and in many places a giant Christmas tree is put up in the main square. Officially, celebrations in Sweden begin on Advent Sunday, when stores display their Christmas shop windows and when many people decorate their own windows with electric Advent stars and candlesticks that light up the home. This is also the day on which the first of four candles is lit and children open the first window on their Advent calendars.

As a prelude to Christmas, many people bake thin ginger biscuits and saffron bread. Each Sunday in Advent, as anticipation grows, a new candle is lit and each day a new window is opened in the children's calendar. During this period, a popular beverage is glögg, a hot mulled wine spiced with nuts, raisins and cloves. It warms both body and soul in the cold, dark Swedish winter.

Lucia

Lucia Day on 13 December is celebrated in daycare centres, in schools, at workplaces and in the home with a singing, white-gowned 'Lucia' who drops in with coffe and biscuits, leading an entourage of attendants. The Lucia tradition originated in aristocratic circles in Sweden and spread through the population from the 1920s onwards. Each year, a 'national Lucia' is elected at the Skansen open-air museum in Stockholm. Lucia Day begins with an all-night vigil celebrated by young people in particular, often in combination with large quantities of alcohol. As a result, the celebrations tend to become fairly disorderly in many areas.



Christmas

After Lucia, Christmas preparations begin in earnest. People exchange Christmas cards, clean the home and shop for Christmas presents and Christmas food. Each year brings record sales in the shops. A few days before the holiday begins, a Christmas tree is brought into the home and decorated with coloured balls, tinsel and lights. Some people hang up a sheaf of grain outdoors so that birds can also join in the celebrations. Homes are decorated with red curtains and tablecloths, candles, straw figures and little gnomes. People also buy special Christmas flowers for the home, or to give away, such as hyacinths, poinsettias or amaryllises. Candles are lit and wreaths laid on family graves.

Christmas food is prepared ahead of Christmas Eve. People usually try to cook as much of it themselves as they can. The most popular kinds of food are ham, brawn, sausage, rice pudding and pickled herring, but in recent years healthier fare has found its way onto the Christmas table, including salads. Meals are accompanied by root beer or a special Christmas beer, which is slightly darker than the ordinary kind. People also like to down a shot or two of vodka with their pickled herring.

Christmas presents are handed out by Santa Claus after the Christmas lunch, but for many children - and adults - the holiday festivities really begin mid-afternoon with the screening of a Disney Hour, followed by other traditional TV programmes. In Sweden, Christmas Eve is usually celebrated at home with the family, and rarely at a pub or restaurant.

For many people, Christmas Day begins with Christmas matins - a daybreak visit to church - which is a popular tradition in Sweden. Usually, the day is then spent at home with more Christmas food and TV, and possibly a refreshing walk. Boxing Day follows the same pattern. In many divided families, children celebrate Christmas Eve on Christmas Day and/or Boxing Day as well, so as to be fair to both parents. People without families can join alternative Christmas celebrations organised by the municipal authorities, where they are given a meal and perhaps some form of entertainment. Otherwise, they have little option but to consume Christmas via television.

Between Christmas and the New Year, shops and stores hold their Christmas sales. For most, this interim period provides a much-needed rest from work, a time when you can visit relatives, be with your family or prepare yourself for the coming year.

http://www.sweden.se/upload/Sweden_s...t_helspalt.jpg

New Year

The New Year holiday is celebrated, as it always has been, mostly by young people, but also of course by adults, who organise their own parties or go out to restaurants or discotheques. Traditionally, people dress up in their finest clothes and eat fine dishes - salmon, crab or lobster. New Year's Eve is an important TV event with programmes that are screened every year. On the stroke of midnight, people toast each other in champagne and wish each other a Happy New Year, while the bells chime on radio or TV - or outside in the town. People also make New Year resolutions, usually promising to become a better person. In some towns and cities, there are public firework displays to welcome in the New Year, bringing people out onto the streets to celebrate. Or families fire off rockets from their own backyards or gardens. New Year celebrations are not so much for children as for older teenagers and adults.

On New Year's Day, many people prefer to stay at home and listen to the traditional New Year concert from Vienna on TV. Often, families eat a good dinner together or perhaps visit friends and relatives to wish them luck in the new year. As a rule, the New Year is not considered the end of the holiday period in Sweden. This lasts through the Epiphany (Twelfth Night) weekend, after which school begins. The festive season officially ends on Knut's Day, 13 January, when Christmas trees - which have usually turned from green to a dry, brittle brown - are finally thrown out, the children having played and danced round them for one last time.

Christmas, originally intended to mark the birth of Christ, is nowadays more of a commercial family festivity, offering people in modern Sweden a welcome break from the toils of everyday life.
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Someone is selling a Christmas Card from the Royal Family on Ebay from 1987. It is addressed to Prince Charles and Princess Diana
Signed Autograph Christmas Card King Carl XVI Gustav Queen Silvia Sweden 1987
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That's interesting! I wonder who might owns that card. Surely, it must be original...
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Someone is selling a Christmas Card from the Royal Family on Ebay from 1987. It is addressed to Prince Charles and Princess Diana
Signed Autograph Christmas Card King Carl XVI Gustav Queen Silvia Sweden 1987


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That's interesting! I wonder who might owns that card. Surely, it must be original...

I guess the roof of the dining room at Buckingham palace is going to cost more than expected if the Windsors are selling off their old Christmas cards


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I guess the roof of the dining room at Buckingham palace is going to cost more than expected if the Windsors are selling off their old Christmas cards


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I had the same thought!
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