• Sweden edition
 
'I fell for her beautiful blue eyes'

'I fell for her beautiful blue eyes'

Published: 11 Aug 2009 18:13 GMT+02:00
Updated: 11 Aug 2009 18:13 GMT+02:00

The couple were staying at the idyllic Villa San Michele when Borgström popped the question.

"I went down on one knee and proposed," Bergström told members of the press gathered at the royal family's Solliden residence on the island of Öland.

"And I said, 'Of course I want to," Princess Madeleine added.

Asked what had attracted them to each other, Borgström replied:

"I fell for her beautiful blue eyes and her wonderful laugh."

Princess Madeleine also praised Borgström's peepers, assets she had noticed the first time they met.

"He's also the nicest person in the world, a wonderful friend," she said.

Princess Madeleine wore an apricot-coloured chiffon dress when the newly engaged couple emerged in public for the first time since their engagement was made public on Tuesday morning. Jonas Bergström appeared in a dark blue suit with a light blue shirt and blue tie and with his hair neatly parted.

The engagement celebrations began on Monday night with a crayfish party, but the real engagement dinner is planned for Tuesday evening and will be attended by both families.

Jonas Bergström said the couple planned to wed at "the end of next year or the start of 2011."

Royal Court press chief Nina Eldh said the engagement had been planned for some time and had already been approved by the king and the government.

"They've known each other a long time, and with Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling having got engaged it's nice that they're able to do the same. Love is contagious," she said.

The government officially approved the marriage plans at an extraordinary meeting held on Tuesday.

Jonas Bergström will follow in the footsteps of Daniel Westling in being made a duke after his marriage to the princess.

Bergström, who is 30-years-old, met the princess through mutual friends in the autumn of 2002.

Bergström grew up in Djursholm outside of Stockholm. His father Claes runs two successful construction companies. Jonas also has two older brothers - Ted and Peder.

Jonas Bergström graduated from Danderyd's high school in 1999 with top grades and completed a law degree at Stockholm University in 2006. He is currently working as a lawyer at the prestigious Stockholm firm Vinge.

PHOTO GALLERY

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

18:38 August 11, 2009 by AR Studio
Yeah, who cares...
19:43 August 11, 2009 by Khali
Indeed, love is contagious. The Crown Princess is a good example to Her younger Siblings. I bet it's only a short while before we hear some good news from the Prince.
22:37 August 11, 2009 by Nutcracker
Long life and great happiness to the charming couple. And, yes, she does have beautiful blue eyes!
00:10 August 12, 2009 by Nutcracker
There certainly are some sad little trolls out today. Most people just smile at the sight or news of a happy, newly engaged couple, whether the pair are royalty or 'proletariat'. Cheer up, guys, there's bound to be someone out there, just get off your computers and out into the world.
00:46 August 12, 2009 by Mavis Fraser
Falling for one's beautiful eyes could just be a

"figure of speech" which is very romantic. I am quite sure that Jonas Bergstrom has fell in love with other qualites that the pricess possessed.

I admire him, he finished law school and even came to New York to gain (other experiences of law) ba before emparking on marriage. Splendid I wish them

I wish them a bright future. He will be a valuable asset to Sweeden, "Three Cheers!!
09:01 August 12, 2009 by Jamtjim
I must admit; I fell for her enormous bank balance. It was short lived however when she fell for Jonas Bergström's magnificent hair parting!
12:03 August 12, 2009 by peropaco
@Nutcracker, as a tax paying Swede, I have the right to show my discontent that my hard earned money will go to pay for another wedding of the so called upperbreed.
12:07 August 12, 2009 by Jasoncarter
I see they've done the same make-over on him for the photocall that they did on Daniel. Awful, awful double blue double breasted suit with handkerchief in pocket, nasty black slip on loafers, dadglasses and hair brylcreemed so it looks exactly like the King's used to. No-one outside of the royal court dresses like that.
12:28 August 12, 2009 by peropaco
Jasoncarter, Loads of Swedes still greese up their hair like that. Particularly if you hang out in Östermalm/Stureplan area and want to portrait certain image. Ostermalmgubbe or Gubbstrutt.....
13:52 August 12, 2009 by Streja
The king will pay for it.
14:18 August 12, 2009 by Mzungu
^

...and who may I ask, pays him?

*merry-go-round,end result tax payer*
14:34 August 12, 2009 by Streja
He has income from shares and also is wealthy. The apanage goes to maintaining the castles and pay employers etc.
14:51 August 12, 2009 by Jamtjim
Like that of a w#&ker!
15:15 August 12, 2009 by Streja
I agree. Daniel now looks like a twat. I don't see the Danish princes doing the same, or the British. Daniel's hair was nice before.
15:42 August 12, 2009 by Paddy
The British one's don't have any hair!
16:52 August 12, 2009 by skane refugee
:-) well said Paddy! :-)

Charles is continuing the long and proud tradition of Royal British 'slapheads' ... but is the tradition safe with Dianas boys?

... agree for the 'heir' ... but what about the 'spare'?!?

If they did a paternity test I don't reckon Charles would make the top 3 in the 'Paddypower' betting ;o)
16:54 August 12, 2009 by skane refugee
I met a lot of Swedens tax exiles in London back in the day ... pretty much all the blokes greased their hair back as a badge of being a member of the Swedish 'elite' (their view ... not mine ;o) ) ... far removed from the 'medelsvenssons' they so despised back home

... I tried repeatedly to point out that 'Wall Street the Movie' was a satire and out of date when filmed ...

... but it looks like a certain type of Swedish bloke is still at it ... Tw@s to a man ... even by local standards ... and that ... ladies and gentlemen ... is a very high hurdle indeed ;o)
00:09 August 14, 2009 by norling
What big nose?
11:58 August 14, 2009 by Hedley
"Blue eyes"? blue, hazel and green are too common in Sweden, therefore that physical attribute is really non important, I think that the most important feature are mentioned by the princess. Madeleine statement sound more logical to me: "He's also the nicest person in the world, a wonderful friend," Her answer sound more interesting. I am a man, but I have learn (by the hard way) that physical attributes are very misguiding in order to select a good or bad couple. Psychological characteristics are more important, because they tell you who really is your partner. In my opinion, we the men are not as smart as women (I know some exceptions).

Although people relate marriage with bearing children... that is a very big mistake... Angelina Jolie and Brat Pitt are a good example of about love itself within a family.
12:07 August 14, 2009 by skane refugee
Was that a typo or a character appraisal? ;o)
Today's headlines
Armed royal guards caught drunk on the job
Photo: Gunnar Lundmark/TT

Armed royal guards caught drunk on the job

Three Swedish soldiers risk prison after they were found to be drunk while guarding Stockholm's Royal Palace. The men, who were all armed at the time, were charged on Friday. READ  

Stockholm
What do the Swedes do when summer's over?
Photo: Isabela Vrba

What do the Swedes do when summer's over?

The heatwave is well and truly over, the days are getting shorter, and winter is coming. With this in mind, The Local's Isabela Vrba chatted to ten Stockholmers about how they plan to tackle the autumn. READ  

Swedes spend fortune on nail polish trend
Photo: Bertil Ericson/TT

Swedes spend fortune on nail polish trend

Swedes are spending more than ever on makeup - and a growing chunk is going directly to their fingernails, new figures showed on Friday. READ  

Sweden mulls stripping paracetamol from shops
The pharmacy section of a grocery store. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Sweden mulls stripping paracetamol from shops

After a drastic increase in the number of paracetamol poisonings in Sweden, authorities have said the drug should only be available in pharmacies. READ  

Listeria fears prompt meat recall in Sweden
File photo: Andreas Hagerman/Flickr

Listeria fears prompt meat recall in Sweden

After finding traces of listeria in ham sold in Sweden, food companies decided on Friday to recall several Danish cold cuts. READ  

Sweden Floods
More rain expected as floods hit day four
Photo: Anders Kjellberg/TT

More rain expected as floods hit day four

UPDATED: Sweden's floods showed no signs of abating over Thursday night, with highways closed, emergency teams working overtime, and more rain on the way. READ  

Ikea opens first store in the Balkans
An Ikea city centre store in Hamburg. Photo: TT

Ikea opens first store in the Balkans

Swedish furniture giant Ikea has opened its first store in the former Yugoslavia, near Croatia's capital Zagreb. The move marks the company's first step in an expansion to the Balkans market. READ  

Elections 2014
'Sweden Democrats hold the key to elections'
Jimmie Åkesson. Photo: Bertil Ericson/TT

'Sweden Democrats hold the key to elections'

With national elections around the corner, political scientist Stig-Björn Ljunggren says there's a hive of activity behind the scenes, and that the right-wing nationalist party could end up being the key player. READ  

Swedish artist jailed for 'race hate' pictures
Police arrested Dan Park (pictured) and confiscated his art works at an exhibition opening on July 5th. Photo: Drago Prvulovic/TT

Swedish artist jailed for 'race hate' pictures

A Malmö court has sentenced Swedish street artist Dan Park to six months in jail for incitement to racial agitation and defamation. READ  

Elections 2014
Sweden elections: How do they work?
Casting a vote. Photo: Shutterstock

Sweden elections: How do they work?

National, regional, and local elections are taking place in Sweden on September 14th. Whether you're a first-time voter or a fresh armchair observer, The Local's beginners' guide will answer the key questions you were too afraid to ask. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching August 20th
Society
Did you know the Bronx in NYC was named after a Swede?
Politics
"Iraq reminds me of the Yugoslav wars. It's the same story."
Society
Swedes slam Danes for 'racist' art
National
Majority of Swedes favour more or just as many refugees
Blog updates

17 August

Sea Fever (Around Sweden in a kayak) »

"I’m going to keep this post short and sweet as its not something I take any pleasure in writing. After much deliberation I have made the heartbreaking decision to abandon my trip after 1200km due to reoccurring injury. It is not a decision I have made lightly and it is one that has been truly devastating..." READ »

 

17 August

St. Louis strong (Blogweiser) »

"It’s typically a bad sign when my hometown makes news in Sweden. St. Louis was in the headlines here a few years ago when a tornado struck the airport. The city also caught attention after a politician talked about ‘legitimate rape’. Now, shooting and riots this week in Ferguson, a part of St. Louis, are..." READ »

 
 
 
Society
Lock your bathrooms: Swedish toilet invader on the the loose
Politics
'Assange will not leave until safe'
Gallery
See more images from the southern Sweden floods
Sponsored Article
Find out what gives this Swedish school executive appeal
Society
Serial chicken smuggler caught at Norway border. Again.
Society
This gold coin may be the key to solving a Swedish massacre
Shutterstock
Lifestyle
The Swedish mentor (and why you may need one)
National
Food agency warns girls: 'Don't eat stinky fish'
Politics
Reinfeldt calls for tolerance to refugees
Gallery
People-watching August 16-17
National
Sweden celebrates 200 years of peace
Society
Top ten literal Swedish words
Politics
'Terror training should be illegal': Liberal Party
Gallery
Swedes talk about 200 years of national peace
Politics
Islamic extremist shakes Sweden with TV threat
National
Teacher fined for 'Hitler salute' in German class
National
Swede asks for epidural and gets disinfectant
Features
Kiruna residents talk life in a town on the move
National
Swedish dad takes kids to Israel to learn about war
Skatteverket
Sponsored Article
Introducing... ID cards and permits in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Introducing...Your finances in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Introducing...Housing in Stockholm
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

714
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se