Princess Estelle of Sweden is already a pro on the slopes. The little princess who celebrated her fourth birthday on Tuesday is better than her dad, Prince Daniel, in skiing, the doting father reportedly said. The former personal fitness trainer told reporters that his daughter has already bested him on the slopes.
According to the 42-year-old prince, the best skier in the royal family is his wife Crown Princess Victoria, followed by their daughter Estelle and him. “[Estelle is] much better than me. She’s been out on the slopes every season during the past couple of years,” said the prince.
He added that Estelle was a very “competitive little person” and inherited the quality from her mom and dad. Daniel was near Stockholm to support a countrywide Swedish Ski Association drive. The initiative of the association witnesses hundreds of fourth graders each year taking a test of skiing.
This year, the initiative is giving a chance to 22,000 children spread over 38 municipalities in the city to slide on the snow. The project started in 2009 and since then 90,000 children had the chance to experience skiing first hand. The prince told reporters that it was a great opportunity for children to try out skiing and winter sports.
Daniel said that winter games and sports instill a sense of positivity and the feeling of "I can handle this" early in life in a child. The prince himself prefers to ski downhill, though he added that cross-country was a very good endurance exercise. Daniel and his wife Victoria are currently expecting their second child.
When asked about the pregnancy of his wife, he told reporters to be patient. He added that there may be budding skiers in the family. Meanwhile, his wife canceled her Name Day engagement on March 12 and is currently on maternity leave. She will reportedly give birth to her second child at home.