11 SEPTEMBER 2002
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden continues her rigorous grooming for her role as the country’s future monarch with a stint at the Swedish Foreign Trade Bureau in Berlin. The 25-year-old royal showed photographers around her new work space on Tuesday, marking the beginning of a two-month stay in Germany.
Dressed in a pink sleeveless vest and dark trousers, her hair pulled back in a ponytail, Victoria was all smiles as she got settled in at the desk where she’ll spend her days as a trainee. There are no exclusive offices for the future queen, however – instead, she’s sharing her table space with a co-worker.
The new post comes nearly a month after the princess revealed publicly for the first time that she suffers from dyslexia. “I used to think I was dumb and slow,” she said during an August conference on bullying in schools. “It wasn’t always fun to sit those extra hours and practice words. But today I realise that I’ve been lucky. I have received a lot of help and support with my dyslexia. Therefore, I don’t have a problem talking openly about it.”
Victoria, who was last month voted the third most-admired woman in Sweden, behind her mother Queen Silvia and politician Gudrun Schyman, has gone through extensive training in preparation for her role as head of state one day. The job at the Foreign Trade Bureau follows training periods at the United Nations in New York and the Swedish Embassy in Washington DC, as well as extensive work with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.