Princess Victoria of Sweden gets kidnapped by masked men… as part of her hen party celebrations

Stag and hen parties - the final farewell to single life, and a vital part of pre-wedding preparation for every bride and groom. With a month to go before they tie the knot, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and her fiancé Daniel Westling have bid farewell to bachelorhood with their own special dos.

Victoria was sitting down to dinner at the Royal Palace in Stockholm with her family to celebrate her brother Prince Carl Phillip's 31st birthday, when suddenly a group of masked men burst in.

To the princess' surprise they said they had come to kidnap her, and promptly whisked her her away. She soon learned the true nature of their ransom though after they demanded she attend a party – her own hen party, to be precise.

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Victoria was then taken to meet a group of her closest pals, including her childhood friend Caroline Kreuger, Caroline Dinkelspiel - who studied with her in America - and her secondary school classmate Leonie Persson.

The girls had a night out in the centre of Stockholm before they were dropped off at the harbour. From there they boarded a yacht and spent the next few days sailing around the Swedish coast.

There was of course another notable member of the hen party – Victoria's little sister Princess Madeleine. Although she has not taken part in any official engagements following her return from New York after the announcement of her split with fiancé Jonas Bergstrom, the 27-year-old just couldn't miss out on her sister's big party.

Days before Victoria's "kidnapping" Daniel had his stag, though weather conditions nearly turned it into a wash out. Taking advantage of the fact that Victoria was away on a trip to the US, the gym owner's friends turned up unannounced at the entrance of Drottningholm Palace. They intended to go with him on a boat trip ending up at a party on a nearby island.

But after they set out rain and strong winds forced them to turn back to shore, where they continued the party on dry land.

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