April 6, 2011

Queen Silvia Of Sweden Injured While Escaping Paparazzi

Queen Silvia of Sweden was injured while trying to escape paparrazi in New York City on Tuesday.

Queen Silvia, wife of King Carl XVI Gustaf, was visiting New York to attend events connected to her World Childhood Foundation, which works to raise money for poor and impoverished children. She was accosted by a photographer from a Swedish tabloid while shopping on Madison Avenue with her youngest daughter, Princess Madeleine.

"It's not a question of her simply wanting to avoid being photographed. It's more akin to stalking," a Royal Court spokesman told the Expressen newspaper.

The photographer was reportedly waiting outside the front entrance where she and her daughter were shopping on Tuesday. The pair attempted to escape through a side door but the photographer chased after them, causing Queen Silvia to fall.

"Unfortunately, the Queen then fell, injuring both her foot and wrist," the statement said.

Jan Helin, the editor-in-chief of the Swedish tabloid the photographer was working for, says he will reflect on this incident to determine whether guidelines for reporting on the royal family need to be revised.

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