Stories from Solliden
As I flip back through the 500+ images I took on Victoriadagen 2019, I see snapshots and events which I wish to share with you and perhaps a few tips would you like to attend yourself in the future.
Stories and Observations:
Prince Oscar was not visibly thrilled to greet the members of the public during the day. He desired for his mother to hold him as they walked toward the public and then could be seen rolling around on the grass, hoping like a frog, and lounging around while the rest of the family talked and received gifts. (Truly a child after my own heart- I’d rather roll in the beautifully green grass than interact with strangers)
While most of the press focus on the Crown Princess at the beginning, I found it fun to watch the Royal Court Staff and then later the children. Here you can see the Aide-de-Camp bringing Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar’s nanny a bag which had some toys for the children.
Princess Estelle started the day helping to place the gifts her mother received in the basket, but then decided the basket was better worn than carried. It was additionally sweet to see the warm relation the children have with their parent’s head of household Karolin A Johansson (who is leaving her post later this month).
At one point Princess Estelle was helping her mother to receive gifts when she and Prince Oscar were given personalized presents. She personally received the gifts and took off running toward the inner pavilion where Prince Oscar had disappeared with the nanny excited yelling for him to come and look at the gifts. It was lovely to see the children so excited to receive gifts and to see the care the little Princess had for her brother.
Prince Oscar continued to explore the gardens, trying to pull up a garden sign (and then resorting to reading it instead when it didn’t budge) and deciding that the chain should be hung up (much to the delight of the SÄPO standing in that area)
While the King was the first member of the family to head in for the day (I do wonder if it was to become educated on the tragic event that took place in Umeå), however I did spot his dog Brandie make a quick appearance (hence the poor quality of these photos).
As I was leaving, the Queen was headed in to the palace but first stopped to talk to the head of the Press Department Margareta Thorngren. During their conversation- Princess Estelle came running over excitedly and what I deduced she wanted to show her grandmother her jump roping skills. The two women stopped their conversation to watch and encouragingly applauded her skills.
While the gates open at 11:00- get there earlier and purchase your tickets ahead of time (at the Cafe) if you want a front row spot.
Bring something to eat, drink, and sit on for your wait! The gates open 3 hours before the Royal family will appear so it is best to have something to do during that time. Many people bring lawn chairs, picnic blankets, and picnic baskets.
If you are going to arrive later, bring a step stool so that you can see over the heads in front of you! (Or if you just want better photos)
The Royal Family starts at the microphone, then they greet the wheelchair section next to the fountain before walking all the way to the left side (left facing the palace- it is their right). If you don’t want to wait long- head to that far area (as many who attend stop in the middle)