Read Daniel's Banquet Speech
Prince Daniel's speech at the wedding banquet is topping the headlines here in Sweden Sunday. Here is a transcription/translation of the speech he gave, where he refers to his love for Victoria, and his sense of responsibility for the duties that lie ahead.
Your Imperial Highness,
Your Royal Highnesses,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear family and friends.
Dear Victoria. Crown Princess Victoria. Princess of Sweden. Princess of my heart.
Nine years ago I had the privilege to get to know a young woman with a great sense of humour, a strong sense of duty, and on top of that great wisdom. We became friends, but the more I got to know her, the more irresistible she became.
These years with you Victoria have flown by, they have been the best years of my life.
There have been times when Victoria's official duties have separated us. Often taking her to far away countries and continents. I will never forget some years ago when she left for one of her many trips. This time to China.
We were going to be apart for a whole month.
The night before she left, she got home late after an official engagement and she had many preparations to make for the long month ahead. Instead of getting some valuable sleep, she stayed up the whole night, writing.
In the morning, after she had gone, I found a box, and in that box I found 30 beautiful letters, all addressed to me. One for every day she would be away.
This romantic gesture is so typical of you, Victoria. It says everything about the loving person you are.
Once upon a time, the young man was perhaps not a frog in the beginning of the fairytale first told by the Grimm brothers, but he was certainly not a prince. The first kiss did not change that. His transformation was not possible without the support of the wise King and Queen, who had ruled the kingdom for many years, and who were full of wisdom, experience and had good hearts. They knew what was best, and guided the couple with a gentle hand, generously sharing all their valuable experience.
I feel a great sense of gratitude towards Your Majesties, the king and queen, for your whole-hearted support and the way you have welcomed me into your family. My thoughts are of course also with my own family, to my mother and father, my sister and her daughters.
Mother and father. Throughout my childhood you gave me your unconditional love. You have helped me with your wisdom, and helped me build a good sense of self-confidence and security, through healthy values which have guided me through my life.
When we passed through the streets of Stockholm today we were met by such joy and warmth, a memory we will take with us forever. During the years Victoria and I have been together, I have felt a huge sense of support from the people I have met. That has been very important to me. Thank you.
I feel great respect for the duties that await me. It will no doubt be a big challenge. I will do my best to live up to the expectations placed on my shoulders. I will do my best to support my wife, Sweden's Crown Princess, in her important role.
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