Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden took her two children, Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar to the Vivat Regina exhibition on Thursday, 22 February at Stockholm Cathedral in Stockholm.

Experienced tour guide Chaplain Ulf Lindgren explains the history of the regalia. Photo: Henrik Garlöv, Kungahuset.se

Chaplain Ulf Lindgren gave the Crown Princess and her children a special guided tour of the Cathedral, which is known locally as Storkyrkan (the Great Church).

The exhibition shows the coronation robes, regalia and jewels used during Queen Kristina’s coronation at Stockholm Cathedral on 20th of October 1650.

Queen Kristina’s coronation robe was ordered in Paris for the coronation. The blue, violet and purple robe was originally decorated with 7,645 embroidered crowns in gold and sewn on pearls. It is currently on loan from the Livrustkammaren (the Royal Armoury).

Many coronations, royal weddings and funerals have been held at the Storkyrkans including the present Royal Family’s celebrations.

The last Coronation was held when Oscar II was crowned in 1873.

King Carl XVI Gustaf married Silvia Sommerlath on 19 June 1976 in the Cathedral and Crown Princess Victoria followed in her parents’ footsteps by marrying Daniel Westling on her parents’ 34th wedding anniversary in 2010.

Princess Estelle with Chaplain Ulf Lindgren. Photo: Henrik Garlöv, Kungahuset.se

Princess Estelle who is second in line to the Swedish throne was impressed with the exhibit and listened as Ulf Lindgren explained the Cathedral’s history during the 17th Century, including Queen Kristina’s Coronation.

Her little brother Prince Oscar, nearly two, was understandably less enthusiastic about the exhibition.

Photo: Henrik Garlöv, Kungahuset.se

Visit Svenska Kyrkan for more details about the Vivat Regina exhibition and where to buy tickets.

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