Friday 14 July 2023

Victoriadagen Concert - Royal Attendance 2010-Present

Each year to mark Victoriadagen (Victoria Day), a concert is held. The concert is aired on SVT. 

Royal202020212022 20232024
King Carl Gustaf
Queen Silvia
Crown Princess VictoriaX-
Prince DanielX-
Princess EstelleX-
Prince Oscar
Prince Carl PhilipX-
Princess SofiaXAt home with 3.5 month old
& other sons
Princess Madeleine
Chris O'Neil
XIn the USAX-
NotesDownsized due
to Pandemic

45th Birthday

Royal201520162017 20182019
King Carl GustafX
Queen SilviaX
Crown Princess VictoriaX
Prince DanielX
Princess Estelle
Prince Carl PhilipX
Princess SofiaX
Princess MadeleineX
Chris O'NeilX
Notes:--40th Birthday--
Royal201020112012 20132014
King Carl GustafX
Queen SilviaX
Crown Princess VictoriaOn honeymoonX
Prince DanielX
Prince Carl PhilipX
Princess SofiaPre-wedding Engaged
Princess MadeleineX
Chris O'NeilPre-weddingX
Notes:On honeymoon
35th Birthday --

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Victoriadagen (Victoria Day) (Sweden)

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Solliden Palace where Walkabout takes place
Andreas Preuß, GFDL 1.2, via Wikimedia Commons

Victoriadagen is the official celebration to mark Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden's Birthday. The tradition started on Victoria's 2nd Birthday in 1979. At the time of the first Victoriadagen celebration Victoria was not yet heir apparent, being displaced by her younger brother then Crown Prince Carl Philip. The government had already agreed to change the succession rules which went into effect on January 1st, 1980. 

Victoriadagen is usually held on Crown Princess Victoria's birthday, July 14th. For milestone celebrations there are multiple days of celebrations and the event is referred to as Victoriadagarna (Victoria Days).


  • Walkabout at Solliden Palace
    • Usually attending: King Carl Gustaf & Queen Silvia, and Crown Princess Family
  • 21 Gun Salute at various "salute stations" at Noon
  • Concert at Borgholm Castle
    • Usually Attending: King Carl Gustaf & Queen Silvia, their children & spouses, Princess Estelle & Prince Oscar
During the concert the Victoria Award (Victoriastipendiet) is presented to a Swedish sportsperson who has performed an especially meritorious achievement during the year.

Thursday 6 July 2023

July 2023 Q&A

When we first started this blog, we had Friday Q&A, where we would answer readers' questions. That eventually ended as people were just asking me questions on Twitter all the time. And it seemed easiest to just answer them there. 

We have decided to resume our Q&As, as I often get asked the same questions again and again on social media. And this gives me a chance to give a longer, more detailed answer. 

Submit your questions. We aren't able to answer everyone's questions but from time to time will try to pick one that is asked a lot, or is particularly interesting, or relevant. 

Q1: Do you think the Princess of Wales will attend more of Wimbledon and if so when?

Princess Kate normally attends Wimbledon 3 times during the tournament. Usually once during the 1st week and then attends during the last two days for the finals. 

You can find charts of past attendance here

Q2: When is Princess Claire's baby due

The Luxembourg Palace did not give any information about when Princess Claire's due date is. So, we don't know exactly. But it seems like it would be early 2024. 

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Monday 3 July 2023

Holyrood Week 2023

Each summer the British Monarch spends a week at the Palace of Holyrood in Edinburgh, Scotland and has a week of official engagements. 

Monday 3rd

  • Charles
    • Visited Kinneil House to mark the Centenary of Kinneil Estate becoming a public park
    • Ceremony of the Keys in the Forecourt of the Palace of Holyroodhouse. 
      •  presented the new Elizabeth Sword (part of the Honours of Scotland) to The King, which His Majesty returned to him.
    • Received Lord Lyon King of Arms, Dr. Joseph Morrow, who presented the new Elizabeth Sword (part of the Honours of Scotland) to The King, which His Majesty returned to him.
  • Charles & Camilla
    • Attend Reception on the Royal Yacht Britannia to mark 25 years since her arrival in Edinburgh.
  • Anne
    • Visit the Scottish Fisheries Museum
Tuesday 4th

  • Charles
    • Received Lieutenant Colonel Alastair Colville, winner of the annual shooting event of The King's Body Guard for Scotland, Royal Company of Archers, and presented him with The King's Prize.
    • Received Alison Johnstone, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament
    • Received Humza Yousaf, First Minister of the Scottish Government
  • Camilla
    • Received Edward Russell, winner of the 2022 annual shooting event of The Queen's Body Guard for Scotland, Royal Company of Archers, and presented him with The late Queen's Prize.
    • Received Members of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners when they presented a Bouquet to mark Her Majesty's Coronation.
  • Charles & Camilla
    • View the Jubilee Gates at the entrance to Abbey Yard, Palace of Holyroodhouse, commissioned last year by the High Constables to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee.
    • Visited the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh to mark the Seventy Fifth Anniversary of the National Health Service (NHS)
  • Charles, Camilla & Anne
    • Attend Garden Party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse to celebrate the coronation year.
  • Anne
    • Visit Strathcarron Hospice
    •  Attend a 5 Military Intelligence Battalion Training Night at Army Reserve Centre,

Wednesday 5th

  • Charles
    • Hold an Investiture at the Palace of Holyroodhouse
    • Presented the Honours at the Palace of Holyroodhouse to members of the Army who were involved in the Lying at Rest of The late Queen Elizabeth II in St Giles’ Cathedral
    • Received Hamish Macfarlane who delivered up the Badge and Star of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle worn by his father, the late Lord Macfarlane of Bearsden.
    • Received The Earl of Home, who delivered up the Badge and Star of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle worn by his father, the late Earl of Home.
  • Camilla
    • Meet weavers at Dovecot Studios. 
  • Charles & Camilla
    • Attended a Reception for The King’s Body Guard for Scotland, Royal Company of Archers at Archers’ Hall
  • Charles, Camilla, William & Kate
    • Attend National Service of Thanksgiving and Dedication at St Giles’ Cathedral following processions on the Royal Mile
  • Anne
    • Open NHS Lothian Facilities
    • Open King's Buildings Nucleus Building at University of Edinburgh
    • Launch 'Wetwheels Edinburgh' Boat at Port Edgar
    • Received Professor M Coffey, Professor in Livestock Informatics, Scotland’s Rural College, and Head of Edinburgh Genetic Evaluation Services
    • Attend a Dinner for The Eric Liddell 100 at Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh
Thursday 6th
  • Charles & Camilla
    • Visit the Great Tapestry of Scotland visitor centre in Galashiels. 
    • Tour the Lochcarron of Scotland weaving mill before finishing the week in Selkirk where Their Majesties will visit the marketplace and watch a historical performance of Selkirk’s “Casting of the Colours”.
  • Edward
    •  Host The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards Celebration at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Service of Thanksgiving & Dedication at St. Giles Cathedral (2023)

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Dave Hitchborne / The Cathedral of St Giles, Edinburgh

King Charles & Queen Camilla will be presented with the Honours of Scotland at a National Service of Thanksgiving and Dedication at St Giles’ Cathedral. (This is sort of like the Scottish coronation ceremony.) This will follow a people’s procession on the Royal Mile.

Prince William & Princess Kate will also attend the service.

Live Streams: 

  • BBC 
  • BBC Radio


1:15 PM-  People’s Procession leaves Edinburgh Castle Esplanade

1:30 -  People’s Procession arrives at West Parliament Square

1:40 -  The Honours of Scotland (Crown Jewels) leave the Castle Esplanade under military and police escort

1:40 -  Military bands and Household Cavalry Mounted Regiments depart from Palace of Holyroodhouse to West Parliament Square 

1:50 -  The Honours arrive at West Parliament Square

2:05 -  Royal Procession leaves the Palace of Holyroodhouse 

2:10 -  Royal Procession arrives at St Giles’ Cathedral

2:15 -  National Service of Thanksgiving and Dedication begins

3:15 -  Service ends

1520 -  King and Queen exit St Giles. Royal Gun Salute from Edinburgh Castle

1540 -  RAF flypast

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