Who Pays for the Royal Wedding?
While Swedes have overwhelmingly welcomed the announcement this week that Crown Princess Victoria is engaged to her long-time boyfriend Daniel Westling, there’s less agreement over who should pay for the three day celebration next summer.
The royal family wants the state to contribute, while critics say the monarchy already receives around 6 million dollars a year in public subsidies. They point out that when Norway’ crown prince and his sister married, King Harald paid the entire cost of more than 3 million dollars for both weddings.
Speaking to Swedish Radio News Friday morning, a conservative Moderate member of parliament pointed out that the Norwegian monarchy gets a much larger state subsidy than does the Swedish.
A poll published in the newspaper “Aftonbladet” indicates that one out of three Swedes think King Carl Gustav should abdicate when he reaches retirement age, and turn over the crown to Princess Victoria.