Balancing motherhood and a career can be just as challenging when you’re the heir to a European monarchy. In a new interview with Swedish National News agency TT, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden opened up about the downside of raising her two young children – Princess Estelle, five, and Prince Oscar, one – while carrying out royal duties.

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VER GALERÍA Victoria revealed the downside to balancing motherhood and her royal duties Photo: Erika Gerdemark, The Royal Court, Sweden

"You miss a lot of nice moments with the kids,” the 39-year-old royal confessed. Though she may miss out on special times with her daughter and son, Victoria makes up for her absence in other ways. She explained, “I’m one of those parents who are quite careful about documenting their children’s upbringing. I really try to actively observe and write down the little things that happen.”

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One thing the Crown Princess has observed is how different her children’s personalities are. “Oscar is very calm. Observance to the highest degree. A little reserved,” Victoria shared, while noting he “Loves his big sister.” The future Queen admitted, “I have no boring children!”

VER GALERÍA The Crown Princess turns 40 on July 14 Photo: Erika Gerdemark, The Royal Court, Sweden

As her 40th birthday approaches next month (July 14), Prince Daniel’s wife turns to her great-aunt Princess Lilian’s words of advice when it comes to aging. “Princess Lilian always said it’s how you feel that counts,” she said. “I don’t feel like 40 at all.” Victoria added, “Time flies by too quickly.”

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