In comparison to cleaning haunted houses cleaning the study chamber of the swedish crownprincess sounds rather bland, don’t you think? That’s what I do this summer when times are slow. It’s a standard conference room that was used for security reasons when the princess was attending lectures at Uppsala university. When I clean it I feel a bit sorry for her royal highness that she couldn’t study as a normal student. On the other hand she spent two years at Yale, which probably put a milder pressure on her than if she’d done all her studies at Uppsala.
Princesses, and especially crownprincesses, are a staple in fairytales and fantasy writing. Yet we are a bit hazy when it comes to the subject of their education. We tend to alter between a solely decorative one, focusing on embroidery and good conduct, or a badass one with lots of swords and military training. So I got curious and looked up what a real crownprincess study.
Turns out the swedish crownprincess got a smorgasboard (ahaha) of an education. To sum it up in bulletpoints
- A year in France studying french.
- Half a year studying the swedish parliament and gouvernment from within the institutions.
- Political science and history at Yale.
- Internship at UN and the swedish embassy in the US.
- Peace and conflict-resolution at Stockholm and Uppsala university.
- Studying the swedish chairmanship of the EU.
- Different kinds of internships at the swedish cabinet office, SIDA (the swedish international aid agency), and the Swedish Trade and Invest Council (their offices at Berlin and Paris).
- Basic military training as well as studies at the national defence college in political science, international relations and conflict resolution.
- National study tours of the swedish commercial industrial life, one focusing on forestry and agriculture, one on small and medium sized companies.
- International study tours studying swedish national aid and commercial relations as well as the permanent represention of Sweden to the EU.
- One year of studying diplomacy at the swedish foreign office.
I may have left a few things out – she studied for ten years. The crownprincess has a bachelor in conflict resolution, but a small glance at the list above should tell you that her exam is somewhat more solid than a ‘normal’ person’s. Even if she slept through all her lectures, she should know her stuff by now.
Did she slept through the lectures? Probably not – she’s rumoured to be dutiful and ambitious.
Food for thought, isn’t it? That a nation where the queen or king is ceremonial puts so much effort into the education of the royal heir. The list covers most of the things a head of state must know, so from that aspect it’s usefull as a pattern to build on for a fictional crownprincess or crownprince. I need to add, though, that I don’t know how other countries are educating their royals. Every country is different, and need to pick the education carefully to suit their needs. Most do, since times are ever changing and you never know when the heir sits on the throne, or what role she or he will play once there.