My new university is a renovated medieval monastery in Slovakia called Dux Ducis' (leader of leaders in Latin). The university is run by professors from all over the world. Monks abandoned it many years ago, not exactly the place an eighteen-year-old girl wants to be, except I don't have a choice.
I am Sweden's Crown Princess Paola Katarina. The monastery houses male and female royalty.
My best friends are Crown Princess Sofia Eleonora from Finland and Crown Prince Oskar Niklas from Norway.
Monks' former cells were rebuilt into large dormitories that accommodate two students of the same gender. The boys' dorms are on the left side, the girls' on the right. A central garden divides us.
The dining room is by the main entrance, the kitchen and laundry rooms are on the right side. The classrooms are in the back of the monastery. Because students have different religions, the last room on the left, which was double the size of the others, was used by the students who wanted to pray or meditate. Half of the room had perfectly carved wooden benches, the other half was empty, and three beautiful chandeliers illuminated medieval castles paintings.
My father, King Rikard, and Sofia's father, King Alpertti, arranged for us to have the same dorm. Oskar is also attending our university, and that's perfect. We are the same age and have known each other since we were little.
I have been engaged to Crown Prince Dominick Sander from Denmark since I was six years old. He will be one more royal in the monastery.