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Swedish royals issue rare group picture as New Year’s treat

Sweden’s Royal Family have wished their subjects a Happy New Year with an album of private moments from 2016 — including a rare group picture of all thirteen family members together.

Swedish royals issue rare group picture as New Year's treat
“This has been a very eventful and positive year for the family,” the Royal Court’s press chief Margareta Thorgren told the Aftonbladet newspaper. “The Royal Family want to wish everyone a Happy New Year for 2017”. 
 
The group picture was taken during the birthday celebrations for Crown Princess Viktoria at Solliden, the royals’ summer residence on the island of Öland. 
 
It shows King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia seated with the rest of the family standing behind them.  
 
Their eldest daughter Crown Princess Victoria stands in the middle holding her baby son Oscar (9 months), next to her husband Prince Daniel, who his carrying Princess Estelle (4). Prince Carl Phillip (37) stands to the right next to his wife Sofia, who is carrying Prince Alexander, who at 8 months old is the youngest Swedish royal. 
 
Princess Madeleine (34), stands to the left clutching her daughter Leonore (2), while her financier husband Christopher O'Neill holds their son Nicholas (18 months). 
 
The slide show, which was issued on Instagram and YouTube, followed a Christmas video showing Viktoria (39) and her family grilling traditional ‘pinnbröd’, or ‘stick bread’ in Tyresta national park outside Stockholm. 
 
‘Pinnbröd’, a staple of Swedish childhood forest outings, is a form of soda bread dough, which is wrapped around a stick and then roasted over a camp fire. 
 
“Merry Christmas and a New Year year,” the family, with the exception of Oscar,  declare while warming themselves by the fire. 
 

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Swedish Crown Princess and Prince catch Covid-19 for the second time

Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel have both tested positive for Covid-19 for the second time, although the pair have very mild cold symptoms.

Swedish Crown Princess and Prince catch Covid-19 for the second time
Both Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel have tested positive for Covid-19. Photo: TT

Sweden’s Royal Court announced that Prince Daniel had tested positive in a press release issued on Sunday, while Crown Princess Victoria’s second infection was revealed in another release on Saturday.

The royal couple, who are both fully vaccinated, first tested positive for the virus in March last year, and have only mild symptoms. 

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According to the press releases Prince Daniel was suffering “very mild symptoms and feels well”, while Princess Victoria has “the symptoms of a cold but otherwise feels well”.  

The couple are both now isolating in Haga Palace in the north of Stockholm, where they have lived since 2010. 

Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, who are triple-vaccinated, both tested positive on Tuesday. The couple are now symptom-free, but are continuing their isolation at Drottningholm Palace to the west of Stockholm. 

Prince Carl Philip, Victoria’s younger brother, and his wife Princess Sofia were the first Swedish royals to test positive in November 2020. 

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