Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, Duchess of Västergötland ( Victoria Ingrid Alice Désirée; born 14 July 1977), is the eldest child and heir apparent of King Carl XVI Gustaf. If she ascends to the throne as expected, she will be Sweden’s fourth queen regnant (after Margaret, Christina and Ulrika Eleonora) and the first since 1720.
Victoria was born on 14 July 1977 at 21:45 CET at the Karolinska University Hospital in Solna, Stockholm County, Sweden, and is the oldest child of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. She is a member of the Royal House of Bernadotte. Born as a Princess of Sweden, she was designated Crown Princess in 1979 ahead of her younger brother. Her place as first in the line of succession formally went into effect on 1 January 1980 with the parliamentary change to the Act of Succession that introduced absolute primogeniture.
Victoria studied for a year (1996/97) at the Université Catholique de l’Ouest at Angers in France, and in the fall term of 1997 participated in a special program following the work of the Riksdag. From 1998 to 2000, Victoria resided in the United States, where she studied various subjects at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.
In 2006, Victoria enrolled in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ Diplomat Program, running from September 2006 to June 2007. The program is a training program for young future diplomats and gives an insight to the ministry’s work, Swedish foreign and security policies and Sweden’s relations with the rest of the world. In June 2009, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Uppsala University.
She speaks Swedish, English, French and German.
The wedding of Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden and Daniel Westling took place on 19 June 2010 in Stockholm Cathedral. It has been described as “Europe’s biggest royal wedding since the Prince of Wales married Lady Diana Spencer in 1981.” Westling thereby acquired Victoria’s ducal title, becoming a Swedish prince and Duke of Västergötland. In time for the wedding, a joint monogram of their initials was created.