Friday 22 June 2018

Sweden's royal babies steal the show at King Carl Gustaf's birthday celebrations

Queen Silvia of Sweden, Princess Estelle, Duchess of Ostergotland, Prince Oscar, Duke of Skane and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden attend a celebration of King Carl Gustav's 72nd birthday anniversary at the Royal Palace on April 30, 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
Queen Silvia of Sweden, Princess Estelle, Duchess of Ostergotland, Prince Oscar, Duke of Skane and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden attend a celebration of King Carl Gustav's 72nd birthday anniversary at the Royal Palace on April 30, 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
Queen Silvia of Sweden, Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Varmland, Princess Estelle, Duchess of Ostergotland, Princess Sofia, Duchess of Varmland, Prince Oscar, Duke of Skane, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden attend a celebration of his 72nd birthday anniversary at the Royal Palace on April 30, 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
Queen Silvia of Sweden, Princess Sofia, Duchess of Varmland, Princess Estelle, Duchess of Ostergotland, Princess Sofia, Duchess of Varmland, Prince Oscar, Duke of Skane, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Prince Daniel, Duke of Vastergotland and King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden attend a celebration of his 72nd birthday anniversary at the Royal Palace on April 30, 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
Queen Silvia of Sweden, Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Varmland, Princess Estelle, Duchess of Ostergotland, Princess Sofia, Duchess of Varmland, Prince Oscar, Duke of Skane, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden attend a celebration of his 72nd birthday anniversary at the Royal Palace on April 30, 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
Queen Silvia of Sweden and Princess Estelle, Duchess of Ostergotland attend a celebration of King Carl Gustav's 72nd birthday anniversary at the Royal Palace on April 30, 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
Little Prince Alexander of Sweden. Picture: Swedish Royal Court
Little Prince Alexander of Sweden. Picture: Swedish Royal Court
Queen Silvia of Sweden, Princess Estelle, Duchess of Ostergotland, Prince Daniel, Duke of Vastergotland, Prince Oscar, Duke of Skane and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden attend a celebration of King Carl Gustav's 72nd birthday anniversary at the Royal Palace on April 30, 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
Queen Silvia of Sweden, Princess Estelle, Duchess of Ostergotland, Princess Sofia, Duchess of Varmland, Prince Oscar, Duke of Skane and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden attend a celebration of King Carl Gustav's 72nd birthday anniversary at the Royal Palace on April 30, 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
Princess Madeline with daughter Princess Adrienne. Picture: Swedish Royal Court
Princess Madeline with daughter Princess Adrienne. Picture: Swedish Royal Court
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

It might have been the 72nd birthday celebrations for Sweden's King Gustaf, but it was his adorable grandchildren that stole the show.

The Swedish royal family led the festivities for the monarch on Monday, and Crown Princess Victoria's two children Prince Oscar (one), who looked thrilled as always to be there, and Princess Estelle (six) that took centre stage by their grandparents side.

Queen Silvia of Sweden, Princess Estelle, Duchess of Ostergotland, Prince Daniel, Duke of Vastergotland, Prince Oscar, Duke of Skane and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden attend a celebration of King Carl Gustav's 72nd birthday anniversary at the Royal Palace on April 30, 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
Queen Silvia of Sweden, Princess Estelle, Duchess of Ostergotland, Prince Daniel, Duke of Vastergotland, Prince Oscar, Duke of Skane and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden attend a celebration of King Carl Gustav's 72nd birthday anniversary at the Royal Palace on April 30, 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

Carl Gustaf and his wife of 42 years Queen Silvia, beamed as they were joined by their young family, including Princess Sofia, who married into the family in 2015, on the balcony of the Royal Palace in Stockholm.

Today's celebrations also honoured the fact that as of last Thursday, the king became the longest reigning monarch in Swedish history, and he is busier than ever having just concluded a trip to Japan last week.

The younger generation of royals are doing things a little differently and similarly to Kate Middleton and Prince William, the royals prefer to keep their children's lives as normal as possible and they only appear in public for milestone family events or national celebrations, releasing select images of the children on their birthdays.

New portraits of Little Prince Alexander, the oldest son of Sofia and Prince Carl Philip, were released earlier this month to celebrate his second birthday and the same has been done in the past with Estelle and Oscar.

Queen Silvia of Sweden, Princess Sofia, Duchess of Varmland, Princess Estelle, Duchess of Ostergotland, Princess Sofia, Duchess of Varmland, Prince Oscar, Duke of Skane, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Prince Daniel, Duke of Vastergotland and King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden attend a celebration of his 72nd birthday anniversary at the Royal Palace on April 30, 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
Queen Silvia of Sweden, Princess Sofia, Duchess of Varmland, Princess Estelle, Duchess of Ostergotland, Princess Sofia, Duchess of Varmland, Prince Oscar, Duke of Skane, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Prince Daniel, Duke of Vastergotland and King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden attend a celebration of his 72nd birthday anniversary at the Royal Palace on April 30, 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

There was no sign of new mother Princess Madeleine, who just gave birth to her third child, little Princess Adrienne.

Princess Madeline with daughter Princess Adrienne. Picture: Swedish Royal Court
Princess Madeline with daughter Princess Adrienne. Picture: Swedish Royal Court

Online Editors

Style Newsletter

Stay on top of the latest fashion, beauty and celeb gossip in our Style newsletter.

Also in this section