Royals give back in so many ways – whether it is through their patronages, speaking out about important issues or throwing support behind initiatives. They also often sweetly connect on personal levels with fans, which Crown Princess Victoria did last week.
On Feb. 13, the future Swedish Queen made seven-year-old Emilia's wish come true after the girl travelled more than 500 kilometres from Skåne to meet her at the Royal Palace in Stockholm.
Emilia has had an ependymoma brain tumour, a type of primary central nervous system (CNS) condition that typically begins on the spinal cord or brain. She made a wish to meet Victoria, 42, through the Min Stora Dag ("My Big Day" in English) charity.
"Emilia loves everything that is royal and usually watches the Nobel dinner and TV shows with the Royal Family to see the princesses in their fine dresses," Min Stora Dag wrote in Swedish on Instagram as the organization explained Emilia's wish. "On her Big Day, she wanted to meet Crown Princess Victoria."
The brave young girl's wish was fulfilled in a memorable event in which Emilia and her sister Maja wore their prettiest princess dresses! The girls and their parents were welcomed to the royal palace with a delicious afternoon tea in the Blue Lounge in Princess Sibylla's floor. They enjoyed the selection while asking Victoria questions.
"I wanted to ask Crown Princess Victoria what it feels like to be a real princess and if she also has a hard time in life sometimes, even though she is a princess," Emilia told Min Stora Dag before meeting the future Queen.
Mom of two Victoria reportedly shared some details on royal life, including her first years at the palace and how the diadem crown requires a lot of hairpins to remain in place!
After enjoying tea and biscuits, the girls got another surprise when they were taken on a horse and carriage ride around Stockholm. This was surely a special treat for Emilia because she loves horses.
The Swedish royals' Instagram shared photos and video of Victoria's special day with Emilia and Maja. Everyone looks to be having so much fun from the time the girls climbed up the grand steps of the palace to the Blue Lounge to the end when they jaunted around the city.