With the introduction of absolute primogeniture in most European monarchies, there are now several Queens in waiting. With our series Female Heirs, we’ll be taking a look at those young women who will one day rule in their own right. Today we’ll be taking a look at Princess Estelle, Duchess of Östergötland.
On 23 February 2012, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden gave birth to her first child – a daughter named Princess Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary, Duchess of Östergötland. Her father is Prince Daniel, born Daniel Westling. Due to absolute primogeniture, Princess Estelle will one day succeed her mother as Queen Regnant. She was born at the Karolinska University Hospital in Solna. A 21-gun salute was held opposite the Royal Palace. The following day her names were announced by her grandfather King Carl XVI Gustaf, followed by a Te Deum service.
Estelle’s baptism took place on 22 May 2012 in the Royal Chapel of Stockholm Palace. Her godparents were Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, Anna Westling-Söderström, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway. She was baptised in an antique christening gown, and her name and date of baptism were embroidered into the gown.
Princess Estelle has been slowly introduced to royal life. From a young age, she undertook childproof royal duties – such as the opening of fairytale path named for her when she was two years old. She began her education on 25 August 2014 at the Äventyret Preschool. She is currently attending the Campus Manila School. A younger brother named Oscar was born in 2016.