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Old 09-26-2015, 07:47 AM
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An article at Dagens Industri, at the Ledare (leader) column
Leader: A Queen to all the People of Sweden
Anyone who follows the royal family can't be without noticing the King and the Crown Princess' commitment to integration and migration issues. At the opening of parliament the King spoke unusually long time about the escape from conflict, the importance of doing what we can to help and to prepare new generations at major changes.
Yesterday the King and the Crown Princess visited a school in Sweden's largest refugee receipt center in Vänersborg and repeated there the same message.
Previously, the Crown Princess and her husband have visited several times the House of Emigrants in Växjö.
The Royal Family's growing interest in migration is positive news. Sweden is a large country of immigration but suffers grave lack of common institutions that can collect all of the country. Traditionally strong immigrant countries like the United States, United Kingdom and Canada are careful about their patriotism and filling citizenship with feelings that touch people. Affiliation with the Swedish nation has been so obvious and so implied that nobody has needed to institutionalize it.

It is a weakness that is now obvious. For example, we do not even have a word for the Swedish citizen which works completely painlessly. The word "svenskar" ("Swedes") is perceived by too many as the name for the old ethnicity and find it difficult to collect all. The Crown Princess avoids the word and uses instead "Sveriges folk" ("The People of Sweden").
In this gap between the old and the new also principled republicans must admit that the monarchy may be the only institution that can now bring together the people of Sweden, and that can symbolize "vi" ("we"). No party has right now that role, not the army, not the football, not the SVT, not Astrid Lindgren, and certainly not the Tax Agency.
For the Crown Princess the role is perfect. The King has profiled himself as an environmentalist. She is a second-generation immigrant and can play a major, important and long-term role as a symbol of an inclusive patriotism. It seems difficult to know what it means to be a Swede, but it is easy to keep on the queen.
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Old 09-26-2015, 11:44 AM
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General News about the Swedish Royal Family, Part 1: April 2015-




Great article - sums up a lot of why I think a monarchy is still relevant today and have a future tomorrow as an institution apart from and above the political anthill and not part of their squabbling over tax reductions for domestic help or hunting quotas for wolfs etc...


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Old 10-07-2015, 04:40 PM
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Roger Lundgren, the chief editor of Kungliga Magasinet (Royal Magazine) has made a special magazine "Kungligheter & fest" (Royals and party).
He interviewed the king before the Sweden dinner. The magazine has some photos from the dinner. Among those who are interviewed in the magazine are also court florist Claes Carlsson, royal resteurateur Stefano Catenacci, party organizer Micael Bindefeld. The magazine tells about clothes, hairdos, jewellery, tableware.
You can read the magazine here:
ISSUU - Kungligheter & fest by AMPG
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Old 10-20-2015, 01:31 AM
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Carl Philip was a guest at "Hellenius hörna" -talk show on TV4 last autumn.
David Hellenius tells that they had hoped that Sofia would be a guest this year.
But then the court said stop, he says. According to the program director that Sofia lacked a title must have been the reason that the interview did not happen.
- Sofia - we have talked to. But she was not allowed to participate because she does not have a title yet. That is the answer we got. Before she gets to be on the interviews she had to get a title, we heard, he says.
This despite the fact that Sofia on May 17 this year received the title of princess, after the king's decision.
- I can not answer when she was asked. I don't call in that way. But I know we've asked her, but it did not fit this season, he said.
David Hellenius hopes that Princess Sofia wants to be included in a future season.
At the same time he says that Prince Daniel is a dream guest.
- We have asked everyone in the royal family. But the one I would most like to have is Daniel. He is the most interesting because he has been a prince for a while. It is obvious you wonder how it is. It feels very interesting. I hope he wants to come. We try. It's like Carl Philip, one hopes that eventually they want, he says, and continues: The King, we have not asked. But we've asked Sofia and we have asked Daniel.
The court says that a contribution this season was not up to date.
- We get many requests. Prince Carl Philip starred in "Hellenius hörna" last fall. Any involvement of the royal family this season is not an issue, says Margareta Thorgren from the press department.
Prinsessan Sofia fick inte medverka i _Hellenius hörna_ _ Nöje
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Old 10-29-2015, 04:41 AM
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Svensk Damtidning tells, that the king and queen have spent some time with Madeleine's family in London and were with Madeleine at musical "Miss Saigon" at Prince Edward Theatre.
- It was of course a bit special, really fun, tells swedish Marsha Songcome, who plays Gigi's role.
Musikal och barnbarns-mys i London för kungaparet _ Svensk Damtidning
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Photos at the article are old.

Marsha Songcome on her Twitter on 23rd October
"Can't believe I just performed 2nite in Miss Saigon as Gigi in the presence of the King, Queen & Princess Madeleine of Sweden"
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The official biographies of Prince Daniel and Princess Sofia were edited to alter Olof Daniel Westling Bernadotte and Sofia Kristina Hellqvist Bernadotte to Olof Daniel Bernadotte and Sofia Kristina Bernadotte.

I assume it was done for a reason, but for what purpose should the prince and princess abandon the names Westling and Hellqvist just now?
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King's sisters Sweden's Svensk Damtidning
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Old 11-11-2015, 10:37 AM
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King's sisters Sweden's Svensk Damtidning
Nytt nummer ute nu – Hagasessornas uppror mot kungen | Svensk Damtidning

What is the news?
There reads: "Missnöjet pyr i kulisserna / Hagasessornas uppror mot kungen / Alla som vill får visst en titel numera" = "The discontent smolders behind the scenes / The Haga princesses' rebellion against the King / Anyone who wants gets a title nowadays"
I get my Svensk Damtidning tomorrow, then I will see what SD writes. Or maybe they put the article online before that.

Svensk Damtidning writes that there are new times at the royal family now and according to their knowledge not everyone is pleased that the king is so generous with giving titles. Three of the king's sisters didn't attend at the christening of Nicolas. According to SD's sources princess Désirée was ill, but princess Christina was at the family house at French Riviera. And SD called to princess Birgitta, who told that she was engaged in other event:
- Yes, I had booked in another event already more than a year ago. And I am not a person who changes her mind because something more fun comes up. If I have said yes, I have said yes!
At the same time SD's sources tell that there is more dimensions at the Haga Princesses's absence than just practical reasons. Ultimately it is about a conflict regarding the older generation's animosity to accept the younger generation's "gräddfil", advantages. Above all two things cause irritation: Madeleine lives relatively private life abroad and her children are prince and princess and members of the Royal House. And Carl Philip's wife Sofia got title princess and became a substantial member of the Royal House. At the background is of course that Margaretha, Désirée and Christina lost their royal privileges when they married a "common" man - but got as a bandage the honorary title princess. They chose then to leave publicity, which many thought was self chosen, but which obviously is still a sore point.
Even at the circles close to the royal family some think that the king is too generous with titles: in five years the Royal House has got two new princes and three princesses and next year becomes two more. Anyone who wants gets to become prince or princess nowadays, says one source. The rumors about conflict at the royal family have been there for years, but become more intensive now. When Birgitta said at "Parneviks", that the king is jealous of her and doesn't understand how hard she works for Sweden, that was the first time king's family member criticized him openly. SD's sources mean that it wasn't a coincidence that it happened on the same year when Carl Philip married Sofia, and that it wasn't a coincidence either that three Haga Princesses didn't attend at Nicolas' christening.
- They are simply tired of always being loyal and travelling home to Sweden as soon as their little brother calls. The princesses understand that the times have changed, but they think there must be some moderation. And one thinks that especially Christina who is always there, should get something back. Why isn't Tord a duke, for instance?
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Old 11-11-2015, 10:39 AM
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There reads: "Alla som vill får visst en titel numera" = "Anyone who wants gets a title nowadays"

So maybe the anger is about that.
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Old 11-12-2015, 05:00 PM
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Very interesting... I haven't much knowledge on the matter but I wonder what should the King do? Surely he can't deny a title to his own grandchildren, children of a born princesses... As for the in-laws that is different matter, and maybe far more complicated as well...
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Old 11-12-2015, 07:27 PM
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Tord Magnusson can't be made a duke because the King since 1974 isn't allowed to ennoble someone anymore. The last time it happened was in 1901. It's also impossible because before Victoria princesses wasn't made duchesses in their own right so Christina has never held that title. While the King regulates the titles of the Royal House Christina left said house upon marrying in 1974 so he couldn't, to my knowledge, bestow any titles upon her.
Regarding the "Parnevik incident" Birgitta was clearly intoxicated when she said what she said and when asked about it later the same night she commented something in the lines of "Oh you know stupid things you say when your drunk". She had so much to drink she almost didn't recognise a good friend of hers Mrs Tumba so I wouldn't take it that seriously...


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Svensk Damtidning writes that there are new times at the royal family now and according to their knowledge not everyone is pleased that the king is so generous with giving titles. Three of the king's sisters didn't attend at the christening of Nicolas. According to SD's sources princess Désirée was ill, but princess Christina was at the family house at French Riviera. And SD called to princess Birgitta, who told that she was engaged in other event:
- Yes, I had booked in another event already more than a year ago. And I am not a person who changes her mind because something more fun comes up. If I have said yes, I have said yes!
At the same time SD's sources tell that there is more dimensions at the Haga Princesses's absence than just practical reasons. Ultimately it is about a conflict regarding the older generation's animosity to accept the younger generation's "gräddfil", advantages. Above all two things cause irritation: Madeleine lives relatively private life abroad and her children are prince and princess and members of the Royal House. And Carl Philip's wife Sofia got title princess and became a substantial member of the Royal House. At the background is of course that Margaretha, Désirée and Christina lost their royal privileges when they married a "common" man - but got as a bandage the honorary title princess. They chose then to leave publicity, which many thought was self chosen, but which obviously is still a sore point.
Even at the circles close to the royal family some think that the king is too generous with titles: in five years the Royal House has got two new princes and three princesses and next year becomes two more. Anyone who wants gets to become prince or princess nowadays, says one source. The rumors about conflict at the royal family have been there for years, but become more intensive now. When Birgitta said at "Parneviks", that the king is jealous of her and doesn't understand how hard she works for Sweden, that was the first time king's family member criticized him openly. SD's sources mean that it wasn't a coincidence that it happened on the same year when Carl Philip married Sofia, and that it wasn't a coincidence either that three Haga Princesses didn't attend at Nicolas' christening.
- They are simply tired of always being loyal and travelling home to Sweden as soon as their little brother calls. The princesses understand that the times have changed, but they think there must be some moderation. And one thinks that especially Christina who is always there, should get something back. Why isn't Tord a duke, for instance?
Unfortunately Svensk Damtidning has become a gossip magazine. Their main interest now appears to be to put a negative spin on the royal family. Tord Magnuson is in the same position as Chris O'Neill. He was for a long time a businessman managing a family business. I doubt he would have wanted to quit in order to be a fulltime royal (if that would have been a choice). Besides Princess Christina lost her royal title due to her marriage and received a honorary title of Princess Christina Mrs Magnuson from her brother.
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Tord Magnusson can't be made a duke because the King since 1974 isn't allowed to ennoble someone anymore. The last time it happened was in 1901. It's also impossible because before Victoria princesses wasn't made duchesses in their own right so Christina has never held that title. While the King regulates the titles of the Royal House Christina left said house upon marrying in 1974 so he couldn't, to my knowledge, bestow any titles upon her.
But the Swedish royal dukedoms are not titles of nobility, and as far as I know, there is no legal instrument restricting the King's right to bestow royal titles, although it is convention to reserve ducal titles for the Royal House.
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Old 11-14-2015, 04:24 PM
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Daniel and Carl Philip are this evening at the Euro 2016 qualifying football match Sweden - Denmark in Friends Arena in Solna. It looks that Carl Philip has Erik Hellqvist and Jonas Frejd with him.
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@Lady Finn - why is Daniel sitting apart from Carl Phillip and his in-laws, moreso, in front of them? Who is sitting with Daniel, his Sapo detail?
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@Lady Finn - why is Daniel sitting apart from Carl Phillip and his in-laws, moreso, in front of them? Who is sitting with Daniel, his Sapo detail?
They are Daniel's friends who are sitting with him. He goes often to football matches with his friends. The other of them is Patrik Vrbanc, the ceo of Daniel's gyms. Daniel, Patrik and Lars Hellström founded Master Training. I think that the man sitting alone to the right of Daniel at the first row is a SÄPO-bodyguard.
In fact, the both men have been seen with Daniel and Victoria at football matches before:
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Johan T Lindwall writes in Expressen that the Royal Family has arrived in the evening to Drottningholm Palace to celebrate queen Silvia's 72 birthday.
The Queen chose via Expressen to thank for all the congratulations and send a Christmas greeting to whole Sweden:
- I would like to wish a Merry Christmas and a restful holidays!
According to tradition, the Queen was celebrated with a Christmas concert and a small church service on her birthday. The whole family has gathered at the Palace for her birthday dinner and a soft-start of Christmas celebrations.
- It's a private dinner for the Queen, where she and her family are gathered at Drottningholm, says Margareta Thorgren.
One of the first to be in place in a dark suit was Prince Daniel. He came with the family's new car, a black Volvo XC90. He and the Crown Princess and daughter Estelle seem to have plans for the coming holidays - on the roof of the car was a big black ski box. Maybe it's a trip again to the family's vacation home in Storlien?
Shortly before dinner would start came also Carl Philip and Sofia in another XC90.
The concert this evening in the Drottningholm Palace chapel is in honor of the Queen on her birthday:
- Yes absolutely! This has become something of a tradition, says Christer Villard, Chairman of the Friends of the Drottningholm Palace Theatre.
The Queen heard arias of baroque masters and those who performed the music were court singer Elin Rombo Maria Lindal, violin, Joel Sundin violin, Mats Klingfors on flute, Karl Nyhlin on lute and Jonas Dominique on bass.
- It is an extremely important night for us and the queen always tends to appreciate the concert. It is our way to woo her. She is always happy, committed and positive! She usually thrives, says Christer Villard.
Queen fills today 72 years. How important she is for example for the Friends of the Drottningholm Palace Theatre?
- The Queen bestows phenomenal presence and shine to all the activities we conduct. Her role as the honorary president of the association is extremely important for example to maintain the number of members. The queen is important.
Hela familjen samlad för Silvias stora dag _ Nyheter _ Expressen
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Old 12-30-2015, 08:07 AM
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Expressen has published their annual photo book/magazine "Året med Estelle & Kungafamiljen" (The Year with Estelle & The Royal Family). It has 176 photos of the events of the royal family in 2015.
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Expressen published similar books also in 2014
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And 2013
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The Royal Family wishes Happy New Year!
The court publishes highlighs-photos of the events during 2015.
Gott nytt år! Året som gick 2015 - Sveriges Kungahus

HQ version of the family photo taken at the Nobel banquet
https://www.kungahuset.se/images/200...ahuset.se+.jpg

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I have to admit that I am very disappointed by these photos. I had expected more "warm" pictures, as they were those of the years before, taken during the summer. Plus, the children were not even included.
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