The King opens an exhibition about Crown Princess Margareta

During a tour led by exhibition curator Bronwyn Griffith, The King and Princess Christina shared stories about their grandmother, Crown Princess Margareta.

During a tour led by exhibition curator Bronwyn Griffith, The King and Princess Christina shared stories about their grandmother, Crown Princess Margareta. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

On Sunday 6 June, the exhibition 'Daisy. Princess Margareta, 1882–1920' was opened. Before the official opening, The King and Queen, The Crown Princess and Princess Christina, Mrs Magnuson visited the exhibition.

The exhibition is on display at the Royal Palace, in the apartment where Crown Princess Margareta lived together with her husband, the future King Gustav VI Adolf, and their five children. The exhibition gives visitors the opportunity to see archive materials and objects from the Royal Collections that belonged to Crown Princess Margareta.

Gustaf (VI) Adolf and Crown Princess Margareta with their children (from left) Prince Sigvard, Prince Gustaf Adolf, Prince Bertil and Princess Ingrid on the football pitch at Sofiero, 1914.

Gustaf (VI) Adolf and Crown Princess Margareta with their children (from left) Prince Sigvard, Prince Gustaf Adolf, Prince Bertil and Princess Ingrid on the football pitch at Sofiero, 1914. Photo: The Bernadotte Library's archive/The Royal Court of Sweden

Crown Princess Margareta, known as Daisy to her family and friends, was actively involved in many of the major social issues of the time. These included humanitarian initiatives for children, building up Sweden's civil defence, disability rights and the survival of prisoners of war during the First World War.

Ever since her childhood as a granddaughter of Queen Victoria of Great Britain, she was interested in art, sport and gardening. She wrote gardening books, laid the groundwork for the gardens at Sofiero Palace, enjoyed skiing and played as a forward in her own bandy team.

The exhibition about Crown Princess Margareta is on display at the Royal Palace from 6 June to 30 September.

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Opening speech

During the tour of the exhibition, The King gave a speech in which he said:

"I am delighted to be opening a new exhibition here at the Royal Palace in Stockholm today. An exhibition that is, in fact, particularly close to my own heart.

"My grandmother, Crown Princess Margareta – known as Daisy to her family – was a multitalented individual with a powerful presence. She was genuinely interested and involved in many different areas: art, sport, social charity work and gardening."

In 1908, the crown princess founded Sweden's first women's team for bandy (known then as hockey): The Crown Princess's Hockey Club. The team spawned others, and there was soon a league of six teams, all of which trained twice a week. The crown princess stands on the far right.

In 1908, the crown princess founded Sweden's first women's team for bandy (known then as hockey): The Crown Princess's Hockey Club. The team spawned others, and there was soon a league of six teams, all of which trained twice a week. The crown princess stands on the far right. Photo: The Bernadotte Library's archive/The Royal Court of Sweden

The Queen and The Crown Princess in front of a bronze trophy created by Carl Fagerberg and the Herman Bergman foundry. Crown Princess Margareta's bandy team won the trophy in a 1913 competition.

The Queen and The Crown Princess in front of a bronze trophy created by Carl Fagerberg and the Herman Bergman foundry. Crown Princess Margareta's bandy team won the trophy in a 1913 competition. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

Crown Princess Margareta at her easel with Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf at Drottningholm in 1915. The crown princess particularly enjoyed plein air painting. She took part in two public exhibitions: the Baltic Exhibition in Malmö (1914) and Nya Idun (1920).

Crown Princess Margareta at her easel with Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf at Drottningholm in 1915. The crown princess particularly enjoyed plein air painting. She took part in two public exhibitions: the Baltic Exhibition in Malmö (1914) and Nya Idun (1920). Photo: The Bernadotte Library's archive/The Royal Court of Sweden

The exhibition includes costumes from a theatrical performance that Crown Princess Margareta helped to arrange. The theatre was seen as a good way to prepare royal children for public life, and the crown princess ensured that the income raised by performances was donated to charity.

The exhibition includes costumes from a theatrical performance that Crown Princess Margareta helped to arrange. The theatre was seen as a good way to prepare royal children for public life, and the crown princess ensured that the income raised by performances was donated to charity. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

The King and The Crown Princess look at historic images from Crown Princess Margareta's life.

The King and The Crown Princess look at historic images from Crown Princess Margareta's life. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

The King, The Queen, The Crown Princess and Princess Christina, Mrs Magnuson examine a display case about Crown Princess Margareta's great interest in gardening.

The King, The Queen, The Crown Princess and Princess Christina, Mrs Magnuson examine a display case about Crown Princess Margareta's great interest in gardening. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden