Fly the flags!


The first child, adorable Princess Estelle

Even though the Swedish Court has not published any official statement on their website (ehm, weird?), my people have not missed to inform me. Literally 2 minutes after Twitter had the news of Crown Princess Victoria giving birth to her second child, my friend Andrea texted me the news.

Now the messages come dropping in from all sides (when Princess Estelle was born, I actually got a text saying “Congrats on the baby!” from a friend) and one reminded me that I actually guessed the baby would be born on the second of March – call me the Royal Oracle!

Lots of questions remain: is it a girl or a boy? What names will s/he get (and what goes with Estelle?)? Which dukedoms will be given to the baby? And, very important, should my co-worker and I fly the Swedish flag tomorrow? We have a large flag pole in the middle of Düsseldorf (i.e. in front of our office) and the consulate (which we also house) is open tomorrow – wouldn’t it be a perfect  opportunity?


“Don’t you have a scepter?!”

IMG_0946IMG_0941I have been running late and stressing a little with my over-burdened schedule but as far as I’m concerned it’s been a lovely day. Very beloved people whose mere demeanor is an inspiration to me, gorgeous locations and late night deep talks.

The funniest thing I did today was probably when our group of what we call The Golden Hearts was waiting for our lasagna to be done. Suddenly, I decided that we needed to take a “Royal Picture”. It’s something I learned from the class under me that studied in my Master’s. In Uppsala, there were always many times when we dressed up for formal dinners and they then took the opportunity to stage royal pictures in ball gowns and tuxedos. So when I saw my friend Magdalena sitting so classy in Andrea’s Carl-Malmsten-armchair, I was immediately reminded of the “Royal Picture Taking”. Andrea who had been in the kitchen came back to the living room to find me arranging everyone for the photo and did not even question the fact that we now had to take a “Royal Picture”. I mean, of course. It’s like reading Schiller before dinner. Some things just need to be done.

Let me just tell you: we had a blast. This is one of the most fun things I can recommend to do. People started shouting questions such as, “Don’t you have a tiara here? Where’s a scepter? Get a sash, please?” After all requisites were in place (pyjamas becames sashes, a candlesnuffer the scepter and big necklaces the tiaras), we had a really hard time to look royal instead of bursting out in laughter.

Please meet King Linus I and Queen Magdalena,Crown  Princes Andrea, Princesses Martina, Mia and Helen as well as the servant Josefine.


Failed attempts:

This would have been THE picture if not Jossan had been missing...

This would have been THE picture if not Jossan had been missing…


Behind the scenes: