Spotlight Wedding: Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel

 

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden defied royal tradition by marrying her personal trainer Daniel Westling.   Her father was not pleased that she was marrying a commoner and under the Swedish Succession Act, the King can  approve on who the princess can marry. If he disapproves they lose the right to the  Swedish throne.

The  Crown Princess wedding was considered by the European press as the biggest royal wedding since Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s decade earlier.   Daniel Westling and the Crown Princess were first pictured together in 2002.  The Swedish press constantly mocked Westling, because he didn’t fit in with the Royal circle.  In 2009, they officially announced their engagement.  Sweden  had wedding fever, memorbilia of the couple were everywhere.

The couple married on July 19, 2010, also her parent’s wedding anniversary. It was the usual Royal wedding ceremony but with a little twist.  The  Crown Princess requested  to walk  down the aisle with her father King Carl XVI Gustav, which is not the tradition in Sweden.    The ceremony was held at the Stockholm Cathedral  and was attended by 1,2000 guest, mostly made up of Royals.  THe ceremony was also televised throughout the world and viewed by about  500 million people.  The  bride wore  a cream-colored  satin gown with a 16 foot train designed by swedish designer  Par Engsheden.  She topped off the look with a gold tiara.  The ceremony ended with the usual royal precession, thru the streets of Stockholm. The couple ended the precession by getting on a  royal boat. Westiling was given the title of His Royal Highness, as well as Dukedom, he is now known as the Duke of  Vastergotland.

Below are snippets from their 2010 wedding, just by looking at the video you can see that they are truly in love  and happy.

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