Royal Couple in Emotional Wedding
Crown Princess Victoria has married Daniel Westling. He now becomes Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland.
Victoria wore a dress designed by Pär Engheden, made of pearl-white silk duchess satin, with a five metre long train. She also wore the Cameo Tiara, probably a gift from Napoleon to his wife, Empress Josephine, in 1809. She also wore Queen Sophia's lace veil, the same as used by her mother Queen Silvia in her marriage in 1976.
Both husband and wife shed tears as they exchanged rings in an emotionally charged service.
Last to arrive among the guests were Victoria's siblings Carl-Philip and Madeleine, together with Queen Silvia.
Officiating at the ceremony was Archbishop Anders Wejryd. In what was a controversial move, Victoria was led down the aisle by King Carl-Gustav. It is Swedish tradition for the bridegroom to take his wife to the aisle, not the bride's father, and the move is seen by some as being old fashioned.
Victoria did, however, request that a female vicar be present at the cerenomy.
Prince Daniel's best man was Prince Carl-Phillip, Victoria's bridesmaids and page boys consisted of young relatives from both sides of the family, including Princess Catharina-Amalia from The Netherlands, Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway and Prince Christian of Denmark.
Stockholm Cathedral takes 1200 guests, and these include royalty from across the world, including representatives from the royal families of Norway, Denmark, Spain, United Kingdom, Jordan, Netherlands, Belgium, Japan and others, as well as the presidents of Finland and Iceland. They are joined by government ministers, diplomats, and friends and family.
The ceremony included a newly written song in honour of the royal couple, performed by pop singer Agnes, and Swedish pop icon Björn Skifs, as well as a new hymn written by Abba star Benny Andersson.
Following the service the couple stepped out of the cathedral beaming with smiles, and started their cortege procession around central Stockholm, despite a delay for the open-air carriage to arrive. Thousands of Swedes and visitors from abroad lined the streets, as the carriage sped through the streets, with suited secret police officers running alongside, for safety reasons.
The couple then returned to the Royal Palace, where they greeted the throng of well-wishers from a balcony, and were serenaded by a host of choirs.
This was to be followed by the royal wedding banquet and a disco late into the evening.