Victoria to Get Married
The Royal Palace has confirmed the upcoming engagement between Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling.
Members of the Royal Family met with the government today to discuss the issue. The meeting was a formality as the government had to officially approve the marriage of the future Swedish head of state.
They’ve been a couple for seven years. Now, following a meeting of the Royal Council, Crown Princess Victoria, 31, has formally announced her long-awaited engagement to 35 year old Daniel Westling.
The wedding will take place in early Summer 2010.
The royal wedding, the first in Sweden in more than three decades, is expected to attract royalty and political leaders from Europe, as well as from the royal families of Japan and Thailand. In a press release the Royal Court says the wedding will be in late spring or early summer next year.
Daniel Westling is a commoner, like the princess’s mother, Queen Silvia. He’s a personal trainer and gym owner, and became the Crown Princess’s personal trainer in 2001. For some time he’s officially had an apartment at the Drottninghold royal palace, and it’s been an open secret that the couple have been living together at the palace. When Princess Victoria succeeds her father, King Carl the 16th Gustaf, Daniel Westling will be the prince consort.
Following the meeting with the Royal couple, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said he was very happy for Victoria and Daniel, saying that love had won through. He added that in what is otherwise quite a dark time for Sweden, the wedding will be a glimt of light.
Opposition leader Mona Sahlin was quick off the mark and sent a bouquet of flowers to the couple and sent them her best wishes. Local politicians from Daniel Westling’s home county have also wished the couple all the best for the future.
The head of Sweden’s Republican Association was also pleased, Sofia Karlsson says she hopes the upcoming wedding will lead to increased discussions about the constitution, and that the movement will get more chances to explain why a republic would be better than a monarchy.