Princess Estelle is only 10 years old but she went to a good school. Since she was very young, she got into the habit of participating in public engagements. Crown Princess Victoria’s daughter will also be queen one day. This October 11 is one more step for the young princess. For the first time, she attended an engagement related to a state visit. She was present to welcome King Willem-Alexander to Stockholm who is none other than her godfather.
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Princess Estelle makes her first appearance on the program of a State visit
King Willem-Alexander, 54, and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, 51, began their state visit to Sweden this Tuesday, October 11, 2022. The Dutch royal couple will stay in Stockholm for two days and will end their trip with a day in Gothenburg. The sovereigns landed at the capital’s airport and were greeted by Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel as they exited the plane.
The king, queen and heir couple drove through the center to the Royal Stables where they joined King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden. From there, they joined the Royal Palace by carriage. At the Royal Palace, as is usually the case, Prince Carl Philip, brother of Crown Princess Victoria, and his wife, Princess Sofia, were waiting for them to take an official photo at the palace. This time, a surprise awaited the guests! Princess Estelle was also present.
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King Willem-Alexander reunites with his Swedish goddaughter
Princess Estelle, 10, daughter of Crown Princess Victoria, wore a vintage dress from Patachou and was already holding a handbag like a grown-up. The presence of the princess was obviously a surprise. She had never before taken part in an engagement linked to a state visit.
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A State visit is an extremely codified diplomatic stay, which calls for the highest protocol requirements and which is organized at the request of a Head of State to another Head of State. The tradition is that a reverse state visit is organized in return in the years that follow.
The presence of Princess Estelle was a surprise but it was not completely unexpected either. Princess Estelle is the goddaughter of King Willem-Alexander. The princess was baptized in May 2012 and received as godfather Willem-Alexander, who was still Prince of Orange. He succeeded his mother on the Dutch throne in 2013. Princess Estelle is also godfather to her uncle, Prince Carl Philip, and godmother to her paternal aunt, but also Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway. .
There are genuine ties between the two royal families. Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange, eldest daughter of King Willem-Alexander and heiress to the throne of the Netherlands, is godmothered by Crown Princess Victoria. The christening took place in 2004. When Crown Princess Victoria married Prince Daniel in 2010, her goddaughter, Princess Catharina-Amalia, was present at the wedding and played the child of honor.
King Willem-Alexander and Princess Estelle are also cousins. Their closest common ancestor is Prince Georges-Victor de Waldeck-Pyrmont, whose daughter, Princess Emma, would marry the elderly King William III of the Netherlands. King William III and Queen Emma are the great-great-grandparents of King Willem-Alexander. Princess Hélène, Emma’s younger sister, is also the maternal great-great-grandmother of King Carl XVI Gustaf, himself Estelle’s grandfather. The King of the Netherlands and the King of Sweden are also both descendants of Duke William of Nassau and of course Count Christian III of Deux-Ponts-Birkenfeld, who is the closest common ancestor to all European sovereigns. .