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Princess Estelle of Sweden horses around with mum and grandfather at the zoo


July 7, 2014
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Princess Estelle of Sweden enjoyed a family day out horsing around with her mum Crown Princess Victoria and her grandfather King Carl XVI Gustaf. The inquisitive two-year-old was treated to a gentle pony ride at Skansen in Stockholm – the country's oldest open-air museum that features a zoo, aquarium and miniature display of Sweden. Wearing a safety helmet and gripping onto the saddle, Estelle was guided through the leafy grounds by her 68-year-old reigning grandfather, while Victoria placed a protective hand on her firstborn's back.

Princess Estelle

Crown Princess Victoria, Princess Estelle and King Carl XVI Gustaf

Royal watchers were amazed to see how much Estelle had grown since her last high-profile appearance, which took place on 8 June at her cousin Princess Leonore's christening.

Estelle kisses newborn baby Leonore in cute photosDuring her visit to Skansen, Estelle eagerly dove into the other child-friendly activities on offer, which included meeting a fellow kid. As King Carl XVI Gustaf fed the baby goat some leaves, Estelle reached out to tentatively pet the creature. The royal darling was particularly humoured when a colourful parrot landed on her mum's head, as the trio visited the bird enclosure.

Princess Estelle

Princess Estelle giggles as a parrot lands on her mother Crown Princess Victoria's head

The visit to Skansen by the three generations seemed especially fitting for Estelle who will one day be queen of Sweden. Founded by teacher and folklorist Artur Hazelius in 1891, the museum encourages visitors to learn about their country's history and see the plants and animals from all over Sweden.

GALLERY: Princess Estelle's cutest momentsArtur himself lived by the motto "Know thyself" – an expression of his belief that it is only by knowing one's history that one can truly know oneself.

Crown Princess Victoria, Princess Estelle and King Carl XVI Gustaf

Princess Estelle meets a fellow kid at Skansen museum

Royal fans can expect to see more of Estelle in the near future. The adorable princess recently undertook her first royal engagement in May, when she was accompanied by her parents to Linkoping castle, in the province of Östergötland.

Estelle charms Sweden on mother's name dayThe youngster, who is the Duchess of Östergötland, took part in a walkabout and charmed the locals who she met. Estelle waved to the flag-bearing crowds and was later scooped up her charming father Prince Daniel for the last leg of the walk. Earlier that day, the trio had opened the Fairytale Path at Lake Takern.

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