Here are some newspaper articles from 1935, reporting on Queen Astrid's death and recalling her life. The Evening Independent described her talents as follows:
From her girlhood, Queen Astrid was trained to many accomplishments. Slender and of medium height, she was fond of outdoor sports, was a good horsewoman, a beautiful dancer and adverse to pomp and display. Her dress was always simple. She spoke French and German almost as well as her native Swedish, and was a fair musician, with a pleasing voice.
But in her domestic accomplishments, Queen Astrid shone with the greatest brilliance. She had been trained at a school of nursing and had made a special study of what she considered an art- the business of running a household. She knew this art from peeling potatoes to hanging curtains. (Read full article)