Princess Estelle, Duchess of Östergötland

Princess Estelle
Duchess of Östergötland

Princess Estelle in 2016
Born (2012-02-23) 23 February 2012
Karolinska University Hospital,
Solna, Sweden
Full name
Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary
House Bernadotte
Father Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland
Mother Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden
Religion Church of Sweden

Princess Estelle of Sweden, Duchess of Östergötland (Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary;[1] born 23 February 2012), is the elder child and only daughter of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland. She is the first grandchild of King Carl XVI Gustaf, and is second in line of succession to the Swedish throne.


Princess Estelle was born at 04:26 CET on 23 February 2012.[3][4] The birth was greeted by two 21-gun salutes on the island Skeppsholmen, opposite the Royal Palace in the capital Stockholm.[5] Her names and title were announced on 24 February 2012 by her maternal grandfather, King Carl XVI Gustaf at a cabinet meeting.[6] After the cabinet meeting, a Te Deum was held in the palace's royal chapel. Prior to the official announcement of her name and title, an error resulted in the royal website displaying the false name and title Ulrika Marianna Annika David - Duchess of Upplands Väsby which was later removed.[7] The staff eventually revealed the reason was that they were testing the system.[8]

Estelle with her parents, grandparents and godparents

Estelle was christened on 22 May 2012 at the Royal Chapel of Stockholm Palace in Stockholm, Sweden.[9] Her godparents were her maternal uncle, Prince Carl Philip of Sweden; her paternal aunt, Anna Westling-Söderström; Willem-Alexander, the then-Prince of Orange; Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (for whom she was given her fourth name); and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway. She was christened in the family's antique christening gown which was first worn by Prince Gustaf Adolf when he was christened in 1906. Her name and date of christening was added in embroidery to the gown.[10] On the date of the christening, a limited-edition prayer book titled Princess Estelle's Prayerbook (Swedish: Prinsessan Estelles bönbok) was released and published.[11]

Princess Estelle is second in the line of succession to the Swedish throne.[12] Princess Estelle is the first female in Swedish history to be born with a right to inherit the crown that cannot be superseded by the birth of a male heir, as well as the first person in Swedish history to be born of a female heir apparent. The only two princesses of Sweden[13] to be born first in line for the throne were heir presumptive at their birth: Christina (who eventually became queen regnant) and Hedwig Sophia (who was superseded by a younger brother).

Education and royal functions

As second in line to the Swedish throne, Princess Estelle has been in the public eye since birth. On 17 May 2014, two-year-old Princess Estelle inaugurated a fairytale path, named in her honour as "Duchess Estelle's Fairytale Path" in Tåkern, Östergötland. At the time of her christening, she was presented with a miniature swan and certificate to the trail indicating that in the future she would perform official engagements there.[14] She also visited Linköping Castle, where she was received by Elisabeth Nilsson, Kristina Zetterström and Ann-Catrine Hjerdt, the mayor of Linköping.[15][16]

On 25 August 2014, Princess Estelle started preschool at Äventyret Preschool in Danderyd Municipality, Stockholm.[17]

Titles, styles, and honours

Titles and styles

Estelle is styled as: Her Royal Highness Princess Estelle of Sweden, Duchess of Östergötland.[18]

Swedish appointments and honours




  1. The father of the princess, Prince Daniel, registered his legal surname as Bernadotte after marrying her mother, Crown Princess Victoria, who belongs to that royal dynasty. Princess Estelle, like other members of the royal family, does not have a surname.[2]
  2. Princess Estelle skirts Swedish naming laws, The Local, 24 March 2012. Archived 23 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. "Kronprinsessan och Prins Daniel har fått en dotter" (Press release) (in Swedish). Royal Court of Sweden. 23 February 2012. Retrieved 25 February 2012.
  4. "Kronprinsessan och Prins Daniel har fått en dotter" (Press release) (in Swedish). Royal Court of Sweden. 23 February 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  5. "Sweden's Princess Victoria gives birth to baby daughter". BBC News. 23 February 2012. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
  6. "Princess Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary, Duchess of Östergötland" (Press release). Royal Court of Sweden. 24 February 2012. Retrieved 25 February 2012.
  7. "'Her name is Estelle': King Carl XVI Gustaf".
  8. "Princess Ulrika Marianne Annika David, duchess of Upplands Väsby.".
  9. "Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary, Swedish Royal Heir, Baptized (PHOTOS)". 2012-05-22. Retrieved 2014-05-17.
  10. "Official site". Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  11. "Kronprinsessan närvarade vid lanseringen av Prinsessan Estelles bönbok".
  12. Nudd, Tim (23 February 2012). "Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria Has a Baby Girl". People. Retrieved 23 February 2012.
  13. Lagerqvist & Åberg in Kings and Rulers of Sweden ISBN 91-87064-35-9
  14. "Sagostig vid Tåkern till Prinsessan Estelles ära".
  15. "Google-kääntäjä" (in Finnish). Retrieved 2014-05-17.
  16. "Crownprincess Victoria, Prince Daniel and Princess Estelle open Crownprincess Victoria, Prince Daniel and Princess Estelle open Fairytale Path - Monarchy Press Europe". Retrieved 2014-05-17.
  17. "Princess Estelle starts preschool". Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  18. Hovkalender. Riksmarkskalksämbetet. 2014. p. 3.
  19. Swedish Monarchy Website, Photos after the granting and on the way out at the end of the christening.
Princess Estelle, Duchess of Östergötland
Born: 23 February 2012
Swedish royalty
Title last held by
Prince Carl
Duchess of Östergötland
Lines of succession
Preceded by
The Crown Princess
Line of succession to the Swedish throne
2nd position
Succeeded by
Prince Oscar

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