Saturday, July 29, 2017

Day 7 Victoria's birthday celebration at Solliden

July 15, 2017.  Victoria's birthday celebration at Solliden castle, the royal family's summer home on Öland.   For the first time ever,  guests had to go through a bag check before entering the grounds.      The King and Queen and Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar came out at 11 am.  The crowd was at least six deep.  It took the Crown Princess about 2 hours to make her way through both sides, greeting people, accepting presents, and posing for selfies.  Estelle and Oscar posed for photos, greeted a few people before deciding they wanted to go inside.   

I did speak with the Crown Princess about this being my first visit to Sweden.  I also spoke with the King and Queen, mentioning that we met in Serbia in 2004 for Crown Prince Alexander's 60th birthday.   I said that I had let the King cut in front of me in the dessert line, and His Majesty then asked me what should he choose:  I answered: always go with chocolate.

Carl Philp's dog Siri

I believe the other dog is Princess Madeleine's dog

Same band that played before the concert

the three photos of the King and Queen and I were taken by Dutch photograher Patrick van Katwijk