Wedding Celebrations Begin
The three-day celebrations ahead of Saturday's Royal Wedding here in Stockholm have begun with a private party for the couple's closest friends at the Royal Family's Drottningholm Palace, just outside of Stockholm.
Thursday was also a day of revelations ahead of the big day, Crown Princess Victoria has banned fireworks, balloons and confetti on Saturday, for environmental reasons. All the flowers will be organically grown and driven in cars driven on ecofuel, according to the palace.
The guest list for Saturday's ceremony was also released Thursday.
Representatives from 18 royal houses around the world will be in attendance. Among them the Japanese Crown Princess Naruhito and Princess Masako. The Brittish Royal House will be represented by Prince Edward and wife Sophie.
Some ex-kings made the list: Konstantin of Greece, Bulgaria's Simeon, the former Yugoslavia's Crown Prince Aleksander, Romania's Crown Princess Margarita and a handful of German princes and princesses from the former kingdom.
Diplomats from more politically controversial countries, some with military dictatorships and some where human rights atrocities have been reported, will also attend. Those countries include North Korea, Eritrea, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Belarus, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Egypt, Cuba, Libya, and Syria.
Finland's and Iceland's presidents Tarja Halonen and Olafur Ragnar Grimsson will also attend.
And from Sweden, many current and former politicians were invited. Editor's in chief, journalists, and heads of industry like H & M CEO Karl-Johan Persson will attend.