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Carl, Madeleine: why the Swedish royal family will not spend Christmas together

The royal families are not spared. While Europe and the world are currently facing a second wave of coronavirus, the end of the year celebrations are at the heart of all questions. As will normally be the case with the British Crown, members of the Swedish Royal Family are also seeing their plans compromised. And especially those of Princess Madeleine, who currently lives in Florida with her husband Christopher O’Neill. According to Swedish magazine Svensk Damtidning, the couple hoped to return to the country for the birthday of Queen Silvia, the mother of Princess Madeleine, on December 23 and then at Christmas. However, due to health restrictions, lovers will obviously not be able to cross the Atlantic by the end of the year. The Swedish Crown’s Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties will therefore have to take place without them.

Margareta Thorgren, the communications manager for the Swedish Royal Family, provided additional details to Svensk Damtidning. “Princess Madeleine lives in Florida and the restrictions are stricter. The family respects them, she explained. Therefore, it is not possible for the princess to travel and they cannot return home to Christmas.” Princess Madeleine, her husband and their three children moved to Florida in 2018. Last year, the mother hen expressed her joy at being back in Sweden for the holidays. “The kids had been looking forward to coming to Sweden for so long, to their rooms and their things,” she told Swedish magazine Mama at the time. “But also because we are a lot more outside here than we are. in Florida. It’s so hot there, and you can only be outside for short periods of time, so for them to be able to be in the forest and run, it’s a dream. really missed it. ”

The king confined himself

The family also owns a residence in Stockholm. Princess Madeleine and her relatives usually visit Sweden several times a year. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the family has not been able to travel from the United States to Europe for many months. It is mainly because of this that they also missed the Swedish National Day celebrations on June 6. To avoid contracting the coronavirus, King Carl XVI Gustaf and his wife, considered at risk, confined themselves to Drottningholm Palace. “We must all shoulder our responsibilities and continue the joint efforts to stop the spread of the infection,” said the monarch. The Royal Palace added: “For the time being, the King and Queen will, as far as possible, carry out their missions remotely from Drottningholm Palace”. If Sweden had preferred not to confine during the first wave, the country has put in place tougher restrictions to face the second.

Princess Madeleine of Sweden © Dana Press

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