International Royals

The Swedish royal family celebrate Easter together like many families across the world - via a video call

A relatable scene.

By Jess Pullar
It was somewhat of an anomaly to spend Easter confined to our own homes this year without visiting friends or family, but we could all take comfort in the fact that we did so with our own, and other people's health in mind - and we certainly weren't alone.
The coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly made us focus on parts of our lives that are genuinely the most important to us, so when Easter Sunday rolled around this year, families across the world found other ways to connect with their loved ones.
You'll no doubt be familiar with the humble art of a video catch up, perhaps now more than ever, so it would be safe to say the day was rife with FaceTime chats, Zoom calls galore and Skype chats a-plenty.
And the world's most regal families are certainly not exempt from indulging in the feat - as proved case in point by the Swedish royals, who provided fans with an unexpected, albeit relatable insight into their own Easter celebrations.
During the holiday weekend, the Swedish royal family's official Instagram channel shared a video featuring its members having a good old catch up via a video call.
Tech savvy King Carl Gustaf, 73, and Queen Silvia of Sweden, 76 featured front and centre on the call, while their children Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, and their own children, eight-year-old Princess Estelle and four-year-old Prince Oscar were seen in a separate location looking excited to speak to their grandparents from afar.
The two young royals would no doubt have been thrilled to see their cousins as well, as Prince Carl-Philip and Princess Sofia joined in the call with their own children Prince Alexander and Prince Gabriel.
And another aunty, Princess Madeleine, was joined by husband Chris O'Neill and their children, six-year-old Princess Leonore, four-year-old Prince Nicolas, two-year-old Princess Adrienne - and a family dog!
The Swedish royals shared a sweet video chat the family shared to celebrate Easter. (Instagram / @Kungahuset)
In the caption, the Swedish royal Palace explained more about the "digital Easter" catch up between the family.
Written in Swedish, the caption roughly translates to: "Easter celebrations look different in many places this year. There are many who are not given the opportunity to meet loved ones."
The statement confirmed that the family were following official guidelines to stay in isolation amid the Coronavirus pandemic, but that it was "possible to meet digitally to wish Happy Easter, which the Royal Family did earlier in the Easter week."

Fans were thrilled to see the insight from the Swedish royals, with many adding celebratory emojis to the comments section to show their support for the family leading by example.
They're also not the only royal family to embrace video calls in this time of lockdown and isolation.
Indeed the British royals have been right on board the virtual meeting train, with Prince William and Duchess Catherine leading the pack.
Duchess Catherine and Prince William are also well on board the video call band wagon. (Kensington Royal)
In the past week, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have partaken in several video calls that have been shared publicly, further endorsing some of their patronages and charities working hard to help people most affected by the pandemic.
In a sweet Easter video, the British royals were seen speaking to several school children whose parents are currently working on the frontline.
The pair spoke to them about how they were coping and what kinds of things they were doing at school, as well as thanking them, and their parents and teachers who continued to work tirelessly despite trying circumstances.
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While the world adapts to a temporary new normal with social distancing, isolation and even lockdowns becoming common place, connecting with family and friends is more important than ever.
And the royals are certainly no exception - relating to us like never before, it's refreshing to see them utilise these virtual tools in order to speak to loved ones.

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