In an interview with Aftonbladet today Princess Christina reveals that she is battling breast cancer. The 67-year-old Princess was diagnosed with cancer in the spring and has since then undergone surgery three times as well as chemotherapy and radiation treatment.
The highly intelligent Princess, who might have made an excellent Queen Christina II, is the youngest of King Carl Gustaf’s four elder sisters. The two of them have apparently always been close and she was a steadfast support for him when he became king at the age of only 27.
Princess Christina herself became the first lady of Sweden when their mother, Princess Sibylla, died from cancer in 1972. She has continued to take a share of royal duties ever since and was for many years working President of the Swedish Red Cross, a role which had previously been held by her relatives Folke Bernadotte and Prince Carl.
She married the businessman Tord Magnuson in 1974 and is the mother of three sons.