Lovely weather for a sleigh ride together for Princess Estelle and her doting parents
13 DECEMBER 2012
The last time royal watchers saw Sweden's little Princess Estelle, she was enjoying her first autumn, playing with the leaves in the picturesque gardens of the royal residence of Haga Palace in Stockholm with her parents Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Prince Daniel.
Now, new pictures of the adorable little girl show the happy family experiencing Estelle's first winter – and her first ever sleigh ride in the snow. Wrapped up warm in a white snow suit, gloves, bobble hat and wellies, the cute tot sits atop a sledge while mum and dad crouch down in the snow for the family snap.
While Daniel and Victoria are grinning from ear-to-ear, their daughter seems a little unsure about the snowy fun. Perhaps the little one is wondering why they've stopped and is keen to get going again, making tracks in the snow.
The picture-perfect family snap was captured again in the grounds of Haga Palace, the official royal residence. It was posted on the Swedish royal family's Facebook account, with the message: "Winter greetings from Hagaparken," referencing the vast and popular nature area which plays host to the building.
Victoria has been in her element ever since welcoming the little girl, who will one day be queen of Sweden. Along with Elisabeth of Belgium, Dutch Princess Catharina-Amalia and Ingrid Alexandra of Norway, she is likely to reign towards the middle of the century.
Announcing her birth to the press back in February, proud and emotional dad Daniel said: "There is a radiant, happy new mother with a baby in her arms. There is something special about becoming parents." He later said that his feelings were "all over the place", admitting to feeling overwhelmed with happiness at becoming a father.
The mini royal's full title is Estelle Silvia Eva Mary, Duchess of Ostgotland, but she is known as Stella within the family. Silvia is after her maternal grandmother, while Eva comes from Daniel's mother.