The Crown Princess's birthday celebrations

The Crown Princess and Prince Oscar during the Victoria Concert.

The Crown Princess and Prince Oscar during the Victoria Concert. Photo: Henric Wauge/SPA

Wednesday 14 July was HRH Crown Princess Victoria's 44th birthday. Her birthday was celebrated at Solliden on Öland.

The traditional tribute from the general public at Solliden was cancelled again this year. Ahead of The Crown Princess's birthday, Victoria Days External link, opens in new window. had been arranged on Öland including Covid-safe sports tours, during which funds were raised for the Swedish Radio Appeal's Crown Princess Victoria's Fund.

The Swedish Armed Forces' salutes for The Crown Princess

As is traditional, the Swedish Armed Forces fired salutes for The Crown Princess on her birthday. As well as being a national flag day, The Crown Princess'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.

The Crown Princess Family at Solliden Palace.

The Crown Princess Family at Solliden Palace. Photo: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

Mr Christopher O'Neill, Princess Madeleine and Prince Carl Philip arrive at the ruins of Borgholm Castle.

Mr Christopher O'Neill, Princess Madeleine and Prince Carl Philip arrive at the ruins of Borgholm Castle. Photo: Henric Wauge/SPA

The Victoria Concert

In the evening, the Crown Princess Family travelled in a horse-drawn cortège from Solliden Palace to the ruins of Borgholm Castle for this year's Victoria Concert, which was broadcast on TV.

In the inner courtyard, they were joined by The King, The Queen, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Madeleine and Mr Christopher O'Neill.

The concert was hosted by Yvette Hermundstad, and the performers were Sabina Ddumba, Benjamin Ingrosso, Smith and Tell, Sofia Jannok, Moonica Mac, Björn Dixgård and Daniel Haglund from Mando Diao. The house band for the evening was Augustifamiöjen, conducted by Stefan Sporén.

The King and Queen during the concert at the ruins of Borgholm Castle.

The King and Queen during the concert at the ruins of Borgholm Castle. Photo: Henric Wauge/SPA

Prince Daniel and Princess Estelle.

Prince Daniel and Princess Estelle. Photo: Henric Wauge/SPA

Nils van der Poel wins the Victoria Prize

Since 1979, a Swedish sports personality has received the Victoria Prize on The Crown Princess's birthday. This year's recipient was skater Nils van der Poel, who received his diploma from The Crown Princess during the concert. During the year, he won gold medals at the World Championships in the 5,000 and 10,000 metres events, and set a world record for the 10,000 metres distance.

The Crown Princess presents the 2021 Victoria Prize to skater Nils van der Poel. Photo: Mikael Fritzon/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.

A list of all scholarship/prize winners since 1979


1979

Ingemar Stenmark, downhill skiing

1980

Stefan Persson, ice hockey

1981

Linda Haglund, athletics

1982

Tomas Gustafsson, skating

1983

Stig Strand, downhill skiing

1984

Gunde Svan, cross-country skiing

1985

Patrik Sjöberg, athletics

1986

Torbjörn Nilsson, football

1987

Tomas Johansson, wrestling

1988

Tomas Gustafson, skating

1989

J-O Waldner, table tennis

1990

Mikael Appelgren, table tennis

1991

Pernilla Wiberg, downhill skiing

1992

Jörgen Persson, table tennis

1993

Torgny Mogren, cross-country skiing

1994

Peter Forsberg, ice hockey

1995

Tomas Brolin, football

1996

Sara Wedlund, athletics

1997

Susanne Gunnarsson & Agneta Andersson, canoeing

1998

Magdalena Forsberg, biathlon

1999

Lars Frölander, swimming

2000

Therese Alshammar, swimming

2001

Mikael Ljungberg, wrestling

2002

Magnus Wieslander, handball

2003

Carolina Klüft, athletics

2004

Anja Pärsson, downhill skiing

2005

Christian Olsson & Stefan Holm, athletics

2006

Anna Carin Olofsson, biathlon & Björn Lind, cross-country skiing

2007

Henrik Larsson, football

2008

Susanna Kallur, athletics

2009

Helena Jonsson, biathlon

2010

Charlotte Kalla, cross-country skiing

2011

Daniel and Henrik Sedin, ice hockey

2012

Anette Norberg, curling

2013

Johan Olsson, cross-country skiing

2014

The ladies' and men's relay teams, cross-country skiing

2015

Sarah Sjöström, swimming

2016

Henrik Lundqvist, ice hockey

2017

Jenny Rissveds, mountain biking

2018

Stina Nilsson, cross-country skiing

2019

Hanna Öberg, biathlon

2020

Armand Duplantis, pole vaulting

2021

Nils van der Poel, skating