Crown Princess Victoria’s ‘unorthodox’ route to becoming monarch: ‘Don’t sleep as much’

The 43-year-old made her first appearance since contracting coronavirus by delivering a video message from Haga Palace to mark the beginning of the World Figure Skating Championships in Stockholm. She and husband Daniel Westling both tested positive for COVID-19, and the Swedish royal court confirmed their diagnosis on March 11 by saying the couple were “healthy but still isolated at home according to the Public Health Agency’s recommendations”. Victoria had been seen regularly throughout the pandemic, boosting morale across Sweden, particularly at a time when Covid continues to ravage the world.

The Princess is the first daughter of Carl XVI Gustaf, the King of Sweden, and his wife Silvia Sommerlath, and will inherit the throne, following in her father’s footsteps.

But according to Amazon Prime documentary Princesses of the World, Victoria’s route to becoming monarch has been a different path to her predecessors.

This is because she decided on the unusual route of carrying out military training, in a bid to understand how Swedish forces operate.

When she becomes Queen of Sweden, Victoria will have a vital role for the nation’s defence as she will be the country’s chief military commander.

The documentary’s narrator said: “Princess Victoria’s unorthodox preparations have included undergoing basic military training at a base outside Stockholm.

“Sporting combat fatigues, camouflage face-paint and full battle gear, the future Queen was asked by reporters whether she found the training tough.”

Speaking after her training, in which she braved harsh conditions, Victoria described how it offered her an insight into how the military operated.

She said: “It has been tough in a sense that you don’t sleep as much as you usually would. But yes, of course, you carry heavy stuff but it has been extremely interesting. I have learned a lot.

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She said: “Ladies and gentlemen, I am so proud, that our beautiful capital gets to host the World Figure Skating Championships. I really wish that I could have been in the Eriksson Globe Arena tonight for the grand opening ceremony. But I am glad to have this opportunity to send you all my best wishes.

“Just like millions of other viewers, all over the world, my family and I are looking forward to seeing the world’s best figure skaters compete here in Stockholm.

“To all of you participants and volunteers – the best of luck – for the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2021.”

Along with Victoria’s recovery from the virus, the Swedish royals were also celebrating after her brother Prince Carl Philip, and his wife Princess Sofia, welcomed their third child to the world.

Prince Julian Herbert Folke was born last week, and in a statement Philip expressed his delight at the new addition.

He added: “Princess Sofia and I, and his two big brothers, have all been longing for this day.

“And now we are looking forward to getting to know this new little member of our family.”

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