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Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden
Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden (Victoria Ingrid Alice Desirée) (born July 14, 1977), Duchess of Westregothia, is the heir apparent of Sweden, being the first-born child of HM King Carl XVI Gustaf and HM Queen Silvia. She was created crown princess and heir apparent on January 1, 1980, by a constitutional reform (This meant that the throne would be inherited by the eldest child without regard to sex, and Sweden was the first country to adopt it).
Victoria attended a state elementary school and a private gymnasium (secondary school) in Stockholm, graduating in 1996. Afterward, she has studied for a year at Université Catholique de l'Ouest in Angers in France, and for two years at Yale University in the United States. She has also spent considerable time studying and following the work of the Swedish government at the local, national and EU levels, as well as familiarizing herself with the Swedish economy.
In addition to her studies, Victoria has worked as a trainee at the United Nations in New York and at the Swedish Embassy in Washington, DC, and she has also visited three week introduction to a Swedish Defence Forces course that aims to prepare its participants for international missions. Victoria has also studied conflict solving and international peacekeeping, completed an educational programme with the SIDA, Swedish International Development Agency, interned at the Swedish Trade Council in Berlin and Paris, and studied forestry and agriculture.
Victoria has made many official trips abroad as a representative of Sweden. Her first major, official visit on her own was to Japan in the autumn of 2001, where she promoted Swedish design. In 2002 she paid official visits to Kosovo, and in 2003 to Cairo and the United States. In the beginning of 2004, she paid an official visit to Saudi Arabia, as a part of a large official business delegation from Sweden. One of the most recent official trips she has done on her own was to Hungary in October 2004, where she opened an exhibition of great historical significance. Her current official visit to Australia is to promote Swedish design. Soon she will be visiting Japan.
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