Hello-Hello, and welcome to a special weekend edition of the Princess blog, sharing images from today’s royal wedding in Stockholm. When last we chatted, guests were heading off to the dinner in honor of Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria and her betrothed, Daniel Westling.
After dinner everyone headed over to the Royal Concert Hall for a gala concert; the Princess and her fiancée made a dramatic entrance onto the stage.
The concert is said to have been quite a celebration for the 32-year-old Princess and 36-year-old commoner.
Back to today’s events: below we see, Prince Albert of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock on their way to the wedding ceremony.
England was represented by Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex; apparently some in Sweden felt snubbed by Prince William’s decision to attend the World Cup as opposed to the wedding.
Prince Frederik and Princess Mary of Denmark on the left, Margarethe II and Prince Henrik of Denmark are on the right.
Vivid colors were selected by many attending today’s ceremonies; below left, Queen Sonja and King Harald of Norway, and on the right, Mr. Westling’s sister, Anna Westling Blom, and partner Mikael Soederstroem.
Next, Norway’s Prince Haakon and Princess Mette Marit (L), along with Princess Martha Louise and husband Mr Ari Behn (R).
Groom Daniel Westling and best man and brother of the bride Carl Philip of Sweden. Remember, this has not been an easy path for Mr. Westling. Here is part of today’s story in the Telegraph:
“When he first appeared on the pages of the Swedish news papers in 2002 many were horrified at his casual appearance. Even worse, apparently, was his thick, rural accent which was mocked among the Crown Princess’s circle.
But their relationship, though stormy at times, survived – despite the King’s anger. He had hoped his daughter would marry a blue-blooded royal.
When it became clear Victoria was prepared to defy her father he capitulated… “
A bit more on the groom’s preparations for royal life from an AOL story:
“In January, Westling began an intensive training program aimed at preparing him for royal life and his new responsibilities as half of “the crown princess couple.” Earlier this month, he was granted his own coat of arms.
Below left we see the groom’s parents, and on the right, Queen Silvia, mother of the bride, and the bride’s sister, 28-year-old Crown Princess Madeleine, whose own engagement was broken off in April.
Tighter shots of both ladies, wearing what we would categorize as very. serious. accessories.
From AOL’s news story on the wedding:
“Victoria has decided to dispense with adult bridesmaids. Instead, she will be attended by 10 young pages and flower girls. Among them will be three future monarchs: 6-year-old Princess Catharina-Amalia, future queen of the Netherlands; 6-year-old Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway, future queen of Norway; and 6-year-old Prince Christian, future king of Denmark. Victoria is godmother to all three youngsters.”
Here are some of those attendants, Page Boys Ian De Geer, Prince Christian, flower girls Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Princess Catharina-Amalia, Vera Blom and Leopold Sommerlath.
Three more attendants, Vivien Sommerlath, Giulia Sommerlath and Hedvig Blom, all of them lovely.
The person everyone wanted to see, Princess Victoria and her father, King Carl Gustaf.
The bride’s decision to have her father escort her down the aisle was controversial.
“So far, the biggest controversy surrounding the nuptials has come from Victoria’s stated desire to have her father walk her down the aisle. In Sweden, it’s customary for the bride and groom to walk down the aisle together. Several members of the clergy took issue with Victoria’s choice, arguing that the princess should follow her country’s tradition instead of opting for a British or American custom.”
Her gown was designed by Pär Engsheden, made of pearl white silk duchesse, and described in news releases as short-sleeved with an external collar.
Her veil was Queen Sofia’s lace veil, also worn by the Queen Silvia at her and the King’s wedding.
Her bouquet, a mixture of traditional Swedish flowers.
Her cameo tiara is a story unto itself, more from AOL:
“Once owned by Napoleon’s Empress Josephine, it came to the Swedish royal family when Josephine’s granddaughter Josefina married the future King Oscar I in 1823. The pearl-covered diadem, heightened by seven cameos depicting mythological figures, has become traditional bridal headgear in the House of Bernadotte. Victoria’s mother, Queen Silvia, wore it on her own wedding day on June 19, 1976.”
Back to the ceremony at Stockholm Cathedral, with this from the Stockholm News:
“Both the bride and the groom had tears in their eyes when they promised each other eternal loyalty.”
If this bride isn’t beaming, we don’t know who is.
The couple’s official titles are now Princess Victoria of Sweden, Duchess of Västergötland, and Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland.
Afterward, a thank you to the crowd.
And royal smiles all around from guests.
Queen Rania of Jordan, Princess Sophie and Queen Margarethe.
Also celebrating, Crown Prince Philippe of Belgium, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan.
Princess Mathilde of Belgium and Spain’s Princess Letizia.
Crowds waiting to see the couple were estimated at 500,000.
And then it was on to the wedding banquet, below we see the Princess and her father, the King.
Hopefully this will be a real-life fairy tale where everyone lives happily ever after.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a redacted version of our post, edited to correct the title of Sophie, Countess of Wessex. (We incorrectly wrote ‘Princess Sophie’.) Our thanks to Gerry for so graciously letting us know about the mistake. 🙂