Royal Wedding

Anti-Royal Wedding Art

A Swedish magazine has published anti-royal poems and artwork in protest at what some see as the slavishly pro-monarchy media coverage in the run up to next month’s royal wedding in Stockholm.

Re:public magazine, which takes it's name from "Regarding: Public Service", rather than republicanism, commissioned a group of artists and poets to make satirical tributes to the royal family. Some of the poets previously turned down an offer from Stockholm city council to write love poems for the wedding.

Anders Birgersson, the magazine's editor in chief said it was addressing the balance of biased media reporting about the wedding of princess Viktoria and Daniel Westling.

One of the poems describes the king as Sweden’s biggest beneficiary of social welfare, incapable of supporting himself with a real job. “His talents as a political analyst are so weak,” wrote Göran Greider, “that it hurts me when he’s given the opportunity to speak in public.”

Another poet described the royals as “that spoiled little family with their expensive habits”.