Government Wishes Couple Best of Luck
After a fourteen month engagement, Crown Princess Victoria will finally wed her long-time beau Daniel Westling on Saturday. The preparations are hard to miss: police began cordoning off parts off Stockholm for the royal cortege on Friday, while national and local politicians alike gathered at City Hall to celebrate the pair.
Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt waxed sentimental at the occasion, pointing out that the Swedish people "saw the Crown Princess get born and grow up."
"When such an great event happens, we see that as a state matter, and we have invited guests from the whole world. But we also wanted to connect all of Sweden, and that's why we've invited municipalities and city councils," Reinfeldt told news agency TT.
Many of those local authorities took the chance to give presents to the bridal couple. Westling's hometown of Ockelbo presented the pair with folk costumes, while Malung-Sälen handed over a traditional painted Dalecarlian horse, Danderyd gave a toaster, and Vallentuna offered a runestone.
After the reception in Stockholm City Hall, the government continued its hosting duties at a dinner on Skeppsholmen and a gala at the iconic Concert Hall.