Happy Birthday Crown Princess Victoria! 5 Things You May Not Know About The Heir Apparent

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Happy Birthday Crown Princess Victoria! 5 Things You May Not Know About The Heir Apparent

Crown Princess Victoria, aka Crown Princess of Sweden, Duchess of Västergötland, celebrates a birthday Sunday – but we dare not say her age: How uncouth would that be?

We decided to brush up on our knowledge of the Heir Apparent by reading up on her official royal bio and the Swedish Royal page on Sweden.se.

In case you weren’t a Swedish royal aficionado, here are five things to know about Sweden’s future queen.

Even heiresses pay their dues (as interns)

Princess Victoria came to the United States during her early collegiate years. And, she did what most normal college kids do – go to class and complete a few internships. In her case, those internships were with the UN in New York and the Swedish Embassy in Washington, D.C.

She probably could kick our butts

Remember how we said Princess Sofia – Crown Princess Victoria’s sister-in-law – could be the ultimate lady Viking? Well, we have to reconsider that claim. In 2003, the Heir Apparent went through basic military training with the Swedish Armed Forces International Center.

Photo: Sara Friberg

Lady rulers…rule

Apparently, there are only a few female Heir Apparents in the world, which include Crown Victoria, Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange and Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant. According to Wikipedia, there also is Margareta of Romania – but that seems up for debate.

She married her trainer

We love a royal marrying a commoner (Grace Kelly, Kate Middleton, Megan Markle – to name a few), and now it’s a lady’s turn to poach an everyday man. The Crown Princess began dating her now-husband, Daniel Westling, in 2002. The two wed in 2010 and have two children, the second and third in line to the throne.

Eating Princess Cake for a cause

As part of her charitable efforts, Princess Victoria established the Crown Princess Victoria’s Fund, to help provide activities to children with chronic illnesses. According to SwedishFood.com, during Princess Cake week, part of the proceeds of every Princess Cake sold goes to benefit the Crown Princess’ fund.

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