Saturday, September 19, 2009

Most popular royal summer photos

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Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and her fiance Daniel Westling during Victoria's 32nd birthday celebrations on July 14, 2009 in Borgholm, Sweden. The royal wedding will take place at Stockholm’s Storkyrkan on June 19, 2010. The couple in choosing this date is following royal tradition. Crown Princess Victoria’s parents King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia were married June 19, 1976, on the same date in 1823 Crown Prince Oskar (later to become King Oskar I), wed Josefina of Leuchtenberg, and Crown Prince Karl (King Karl XV) married Princess Louise of the Netherland also on June 19, 1850.

Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she is shown an orphaned cygnet during a swan upping census, the ancient ritual of her swans being counted, on the River Thames, July 20, 2009. Traditionally, the Monarch of the United Kingdom owns all unmarked mute swans, which dates from the 12th century, when swans were a common food source for royalty. This year Her Majesty, as "Seigneur of the Swans," attended the Swan Upping ceremony for the first time in her reign, and the first time that a monarch has watched the ceremony in centuries.

Belgium's Crown Prince Philippe and his wife Crown Princess Mathilde talk while Queen Fabiola holds up an apple after the traditional military parade on National Day in front of the Royal Palace in Brussels July 21, 2009. The widow of King Baudouin showed humour by mocking her would-be assassins, who had written in anonymous letters to newspapers she would be killed with a cross bow during the national day celebrations. ‘Here is an apple’, the queen seemed to say, ‘so, where are you William Tell?"

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