HRH The Crown Princess's 43rd birthday

The Crown Princess Family photographed outside Solliden Palace on 14 July 2020.

The Crown Princess Family photographed outside Solliden Palace on 14 July 2020. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Tuesday 14 July was HRH Crown Princess Victoria's 43rd birthday. The Crown Princess celebrated her birthday at Solliden on Öland.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and current restrictions on gatherings, the traditional tribute from the general public was cancelled this year.

The Swedish Armed Forces' salutes for The Crown Princess

As is traditional, the Swedish Armed Forces fired salutes for The Crown Princess. As well as being a national flag day, the heir to the Swedish throne's birthday is also an official day on which salutes are fired by the Swedish Armed Forces.

Twenty-one gun salutes were therefore fired at 12:00 from the salute stations at Skeppsholmen in Stockholm, Kungshall in Karlskrona, Skansen Lejonet in Gothenburg and Kusthöjden in Härnösand, and from a mobile saluting battery at Kvarnängen in Boden.

Home guard soldiers from Gothenburg Garrison fired a salute for The Crown Princess from Skansen Lejonet on Gullberget in Gothenburg.

Home guard soldiers from Gothenburg Garrison fired a salute for The Crown Princess from Skansen Lejonet on Gullberget in Gothenburg. Photo: Ali Ravan/The Swedish Armed Forces

Armand Duplantis receives the Victoria Prize

On the evening of her birthday, The Crown Princess – together with Prince Daniel, Princess Estelle, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia – attended the Victoria Concert, which was broadcast on TV. This year's concert was recorded without an audience at the Audience Chamber in the ruins of Borgholm Castle. During the concert, music was performed by Court Singer Ann Sofie von Otter and Petra Marklund, Sigrid, The Mamas, Linnéa Henriksson and Oscar Stembridge. The on-stage orchestra was Augustifamiljen, conducted by Stefan Sporsén.

Since 1979, a Swedish sports personality has received the Victoria Prize on The Crown Princess's birthday. This year's recipient was pole vaulter Armand Duplantis, who received his diploma from The Crown Princess during the concert. The Swedish-American athlete holds a double world record in pole vaulting.

The Crown Princess with this year's winner, Armand Duplantis.

The Crown Princess with this year's winner, Armand Duplantis. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

The Crown Princess, Prince Daniel, Princess Estelle, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia at the ruins of Borgholm Castle.

The Crown Princess, Prince Daniel, Princess Estelle, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia at the ruins of Borgholm Castle. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Fundraising for the Swedish Radio Appeal

The concert traditionally raises funds for the Swedish Radio Appeal's Crown Princess Victoria's Fund. The fund supports associations for children with disabilities and chronic diseases in Sweden. The money raised goes towards activities such as camps, travel, trips and various sports.