"Love is the Greatest Thing of All"
Stockholm is cleaning the streets Sunday, following the wedding between Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel Saturday. Over 500 thousand Swedes are said to have lined the streets to see the Royal couple.
The wedding celebrations went on through the night at Stockholm Palace, starting off with a wedding banquet in the Hall of State. The invited guests enjoyed a menu including pea soup, lobster, veal and strawberry and rhubarb mousse.
Most important, however, were the wedding speeches from the King, Prince Daniel and Daniel's father Olle Westling.
Daniel's speech has received the most attention in the Swedish media Sunday, with newspaper readers classing it "the best wedding speech ever".
In both Swedish and English Daniel declared his love for his new bride, joking about his background, and that, "though I'm no frog, I still didn't turn into a prince on the first kiss".
Turning to his bride at the end of the speech he said:
"Dearest Victoria. I'm so proud of what we have together. I'm so happy to have become your husband. I'm going to do everything I can to make sure you stay as happy as you are today. Victoria, love is the greatest thing of them all, I love you so much".
Daniel's father, Olle Westling also referred to the couple's love, and also to the health issues that have troubled Daniel since his teenage years. A hereditary kidney condition led to Daniel needing a kidney transplant, his father was the organ donor.
Following the speeches and food guests moved on for the traditional cutting of the wedding cake, a white four-leaf clover-shaped wedding cake, 330 cm high, and made up of 11 tiers, before heading to the dance floor for the first dance.
They were then treated to performances by artists such as Carola, Cotton Club and Roxette. A strict "no photography" policy was imposed for the later parts of the evening, but Swedish TV viewers were able to follow the banquet, speeches, cake cutting and first dance in unprecedented TV coverage.