Swedish palace releases gorgeous new photos of Crown Princess Victoria ahead of birthday

The Swedish palace published five stunning new portraits of Crown Princess Victoria on Friday. Taken by Stockholm based photographer Erika Gerdemark, the images show Victoria both inside and outside of her residency at Haga palace. The photo release comes just ahead of the royal’s upcoming 40th birthday on July 14.

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Crown Princess Victoria poses inside Haga palace Photo: Erika Gerdemark/Kungahuset.se

The 39-year-old heir apparent appears luminous in the fresh pics, donning all white and a simple gold necklace. Her brunette locks are pinned back into a tight bun, keeping her big smile in perfect view. Erika, who took the beautiful pictures, has snapped several images of the Swedish royals in the past, including the first family photos released after Prince Alexander's birth last year.

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Victoria smiling ahead of her 40th birthday celebrations Photo: Erika Gerdemark/Kungahuset.se

Celebrations for the mother of two will span over a weekend, beginning on her actual birthday and carrying on the following day, July 15. According to the Swedish royal’s website, the "Victoria Day" festivities will start at 10 a.m. on the Crown Princess’ big day with a “Te Deum Thanksgiving” service in her honor in the Royal Chapel of the Royal Palace of Stockholm. This will be followed by a reception and a salute from the armed forces at noon. Afterward, the Crown Princess Family will ride in a horse-drawn carriage to the royal stables at Hovstallet. Later the ceremonious concert and awarding of the Victoria Scholarship on Victoriadagen will occur on the island of Öland.

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The Crown Princess of Sweden stuns in white Photo: Erika Gerdemark/Kungahuset.se

July 15 will be more of a public birthday celebration. The gates to Solliden Palace, the summer residency of the Swedish royals, will open for the public to come and wish Victoria well. At 11 a.m. the Crown Princess and her family, which includes: 43-year-old husband Prince Daniel and children Princes Estelle and Prince Oscar, will greet the crowds.

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Princess Victoria pictured outside of Haga palace Photo: Erika Gerdemark/Kungahuset.se

Those who wish to send a gift to the princess for her milestone birthday are asked to donate to the Swedish Crown Princess Couple’s Foundation. A note reading “Crown Princess 40 years” should be included with the donation so that the organization knows it is in honor of Victoria’s 40th. The foundation aims to “prevent social isolation and promote good health among children and youths in Sweden.”

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