Happy 3rd birthday to Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine

The twins are growing up. Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine turned three years to day.

Prins Vincent og Prinsesse Josephine
The Danish court released these pictures for the occasion. This lovely photo, with both of them, is probably my favorite. It feels a lot less airbrushed and more spontaneous than what we might normally see from the Danish court.

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A year with Estelle

Photo: Kate Gabor, Kungahuset
Photo: Kate Gabor, Kungahuset

How much has Estelle grown in a year? The Swedish royal court has released these quarterly pictures of Princess Estelle.






Photo: Kate Gabor, Kungahuset
Photo: Kate Gabor, Kungahuset

But it wasn’t before I propped these photos in order, with the newest last that I noticed how much she has grown and developed.









Photo: Kate Gabor, Kungahuset
Photo: Kate Gabor, Kungahuset

The tiny imp is becoming a big girl who can run, walk and bake.










Photo: Kate Gabor, Kungahuset
Photo: Kate Gabor, Kungahuset

Someone over at Aftonbladet said that the best PR for the Swedish monarchy for a while would be to have the King “work from home”, and to let pictures of Princess Estelle be the media strategy…

It has certainly been a while since there was young, giddy children for photo shoots like this in the Swedish royal family. The current “middle” generation of Victoria, Carl Philip and Madeleine put a stopper to it when they were in their teens. It is therefore nice to see that the Crown Princess is bringing the tradition back with Estelle.

Mette-Marit not queen yet?

Picture credit: Sølve Sundsbø / Det kongelige hoff

Bild has a story about the new official portraits the Norwegian court released last week. They put forward the query whether this is the year Mette-Marit will become queen. On their side in the evidence cluster is the Grand Tour trip the family took these past months, but they also cite that she is wearing a “crown, sash and an order with the King’s picture on it” as an introduction to the question.

Although, King Harald has had his share of health problems, he seems to be in okay enough shape today that any sort of prediction on the matter as to when his son will take over… is equally difficult as to any other person at his age.

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New Three-Generation picture

TreGenerasjoner3The Norwegian court released a new picture of the King, the Crown Prince and the Hereditary Princess last week.

The last picture of the three together like this was released in 2005, at the time of the celebrations of 100 years of the Norwegian Monarchy.

This picture was taken in the park at Bygdø Kongsgård, the summer residence of the King and Queen.

(Photo: Morten Brun, The Royal Court)