According to a ‘reliable source’ the queen goes to Brazil – apparently to be more discreet – for the “small adjustments” to her eyes, nose and mouth.
“She usually goes in the autumn, just before the Nobel Prize ceremony,” frothed the paper, which informed readers that the operations began just after her 50th birthday.
And whilst nobody can blame the queen for remaining tight-lipped about the operations over the last few years, Expressen found a plastic surgeon to explain her reticence.
“Even if cosmetic surgery has become more common, it still isn’t politically correct to say what you’re having done,” said Ivan Letterfors. “We still have some way to go before it’s completely acceptable – and of course, there are always risks.”
The queen isn’t alone, though. Some 25,000 Swedes a year have private plastic surgery, at a total cost of 600 million crowns. Those who were born in the 1940s form the biggest part of the market and, says Expressen, “there’s a particularly high demand among women whose appearance is in constant focus.”
But all the nips and tucks in the world wouldn’t have stopped the queen’s face from falling when she saw Monday’s Aftonbladet.
“King drives at 160km/h!” declared the paper, clearly trying to make up for lost time in the race for royal exclusives.
Fellow motorists were “shocked” last weekend when a yellow Porsche shot past them – with the king at the wheel. He and his entourage were on their way to Stockholm from Karlskoga.
“There were three BMWs behind the king and then a Saab Cabriolet with Princess Madeleine in the passenger seat,” said a witness who seemed to have a bit of a thing for cars. “They were driving unbelievably fast and there was a smell of burning rubber.”
Another witness, Hans Danielsson, picked up the chase just outside Stockholm.
“I saw it was the king when I was next to him at a red traffic light,” he told Aftonbladet. “Just after I’d been stopped for speeding.”