07 August 2018

Tuesday Tidbits for August 7: Updates from Sweden

Welcome to the summer slow season, where the royal news and appearances slow waaaaaaaay down, and so does the blog. Posts may be a little sporadic until things pick back up, so don't worry if you don't see one every day and enjoy a little summer yourself!

The Swedish royal family kept the royal news mill running last week:

--Princess Madeleine provided the most surprising news, as the Swedish royal court announced that her family will be moving back to the United States! They'll move to Florida in the fall. According to the announcement, it's a good time for the family since the kids are still pre-school age, and Madeleine will be focusing on the World Childhood Foundation's United States work. They released a new family photo to go along with the news.
Anna-Lena Ahlström, Kungahuset.se

--Princess Christina, sister of King Carl Gustaf, also chimed in with some big news: she's retiring! In an interview for her 75th birthday (which was August 3rd), she said the milestone birthday will mark the end of her royal duties. She will be missed, but she deserves the rest. Some new pictures were taken in conjunction with that, too. [Instagram]

--In regular Swedish news, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia shared a picture of their two boys enjoying the summer at Solliden. [Instagram]
prinsparet Instagram

--With the (as yet unsolved) mystery of the stolen Swedish royal regalia still swirling in my brain, I couldn't help but find this story fascinating: A Willem de Kooning painting worth an estimated $160 million was discovered some 30 years after it was stolen from an Arizona museum. The whys and hows of the situation remain an intriguing set of question marks. [Washington Post]

--And finally, a non-Swedish note: QEII has begun her Balmoral holiday (she's been there for a couple weeks), and we have our annual big Balmoral post up at the Jewel Vault, where you'll find all her appearances during her Scottish break.

Coming up this week: It's more of a working holiday in Spain...

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