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Crown Princess Victoria – future Queen of Sweden – 1977

Crown Princess Victoria – future Queen of Sweden – 1977

In addition to the title of Crown Princess, Victoria also holds the title of Duchess of Västergötland, which refers to a province located in southwestern Sweden.

On July 14, 1977, Princess Victoria of Sweden was born, the heiress to the throne, ie the crown princess and probable future Swedish queen. Her father is today’s Swedish King Charles XVI Gustav, and through his line she belongs to the Bernadotte dynasty, descended from Napoleon’s Marshal Jean Bernadotte (this marshal was elected King of Sweden in the 19th century). In one line, Crown Princess Victoria also comes from the famous British Queen Victoria, whose namesake she is. It is especially interesting that according to one of her grandmothers, born under the name Alice Soares de Toledo, Victoria is partly of Brazilian origin. In addition to the title of Crown Princess (Swedish: Kronprinsessan), Victoria also holds the title of Duchess of Västergötland (Swedish: Hertiginna av Västergötland), which refers to a province located in southwestern Sweden. Västergötland in translation means roughly the country of the Western Goths, and it is also home to the large Swedish city of Gothenburg (the second most populous city in Sweden, just behind Stockholm).

In 2010, she married Daniel Westling, her former personal trainer. With this marriage he became Swedish prince and duke of Västergötland. Given that Crown Princess Victoria has a younger brother, her arrival as heiress to the throne was a novelty in Swedish and general European practice. Namely, in the past, in European monarchies, there was a regular practice according to which male children of rulers had an advantage in inheriting the throne. In Victoria’s youth, this custom was changed so that absolute primogeniture was introduced, according to which the throne is inherited by the ruler’s oldest child, regardless of gender.

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