Today is the thirtieth birthday of Princess Madeleine of Sweden. The third and youngest child of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, the Princess was born at Drottningholm Palace, the family home on the island of Lovön some 10 kilometres west of Stockholm.
Unlike her eighteenth and 25th birthdays, and the thirtieth birthdays of her older siblings, there will be no official celebrations of the anniversary today. This is said to be in accordance with Princess Madeleine’s own wishes. However, the Princess is on a visit to Sweden these days and is reported to be celebrating her anniversary privately.
Princess Madeleine holds a bachelor degree in the history of art from the University of Stockholm and was as such only the second member of the Bernadotte dynasty to gain an academic degree. Since the break-up of her engagement to Jonas Bergström in April 2010, the Princess has been living in the USA, where she works for Childhood, a charity set up by her mother Queen Silvia.
Today is also the 91st birthday of Prince Philip of Britain. The Duke of Edinburgh is also celebrating privately at home, having been released from hospital yesterday. He was admitted to hospital with a bladder infection on 4 June and thus missed the second half of the diamond jubilee of his wife, Queen Elizabeth II.