Why Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden is the most popular royal

By Clare Douglas

Crown Princess Victoria isn’t just the future queen of Sweden; she is also one of Europe's most popular royals! From her friendships with monarchs and princesses to her role as godmother to 18 royal children, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia’s eldest child has cemented herself as a central figurehead in monarchies around the world.

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Much of Victoria’s charm rests in her unwavering loyalty to her friends and family and infectious personality. She also has a wealth of life experience that makes her as interesting as she is intelligent. For instance, while studying political science at Yale, Victoria spent her summers working at the UN in New York and Washington’s Swedish Embassy. She speaks a number of languages, including German and French, completed basic military training at the Swedish armed Forces International Centre and has travelled extensively through Australia, China, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. So when it comes to finding common interests with fellow royals, she has endless talking points.

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Princess Victoria is happily married to Prince Daniel, with whom she shares daughter Princess Estelle and son Prince Oscar.

Victoria’s powerful girl squad includes Princess Mary of Denmark, Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, Queen Mathilde of Begium, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, her sister Princess Madeleine and sister-in-law Princess Sofia. Kate is also in her rolodex, having attended her wedding to Prince William in 2011 and reunited earlier this year when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Sweden on tour.

Crown princes are also fond of Sweden's future queen. Prince Frederik and Prince Haakon have known Victoria since childhood and their shared status as heirs to the throne has helped forge a special bond with the princess. Victoria considers them "princely brothers" and their relationship has gone from strength to strength, especially with the addition of their wives Mary and Mette-Marit, respectively.

Princess Victoria with friends Princess Mary, the Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Mette-Marit.

The mother of two's close bonds with fellow royals has led to her being top of mind when it came time to select godparents for their little princes and princesses. Among her brood of 18 godchildren are: Princess Mary’s son Prince Christian, Princess Mette-Marit’s daughter Princess Ingrid, Queen Mathilde’s daughter Princess Eléonore, her nephew Prince Alexander and niece Princess Leonore. She also received the honour from Prince Constantine Alexios of Greece’s parents Prince Pavlos and Princess Marie-Chantal.

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And the crown princess isn't just popular with the world's royals! In 2017, Victoria won the title of 'most popular member of Sweden's royal family' in a poll by local magazine Svensk Damtidning, proving that her country loves her, too.

Queen Mathilde of Begium's daughter Princess Eléonore is just one of 18 children who call Princess Victoria godmother.

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