• Sweden edition
 
King to lead princess to the altar: Royal Court

King to lead princess to the altar: Royal Court

Published: 25 May 2010 08:09 GMT+02:00
Updated: 25 May 2010 08:09 GMT+02:00

The unorthodox move has been roundly criticised by the Church of Sweden who has argued that the practice is not Swedish wedding tradition and who claimed on Monday that the matter is not yet resolved.

It is the family's wish, according to the Royal Court spokesperson Nina Eldh.

"This is a state ceremonial event with great symbolism, not an ordinary marriage. It is Sweden's king who is escorting the heir to the throne to the altar," she said.

The decision, which emerged in the media last week, has led to an unlikely alliance of traditionalists and feminists in a fight against what is widely viewed in Sweden as an American tradition exported by Hollywood.

Equality-conscious Swedes are used to the couple walking side-by-side to the altar as a demonstration of their equal standing in the proceedings and in life. The Anglo-Saxon practice of "giving away" the bride from the father to the husband is widely regarded as outmoded and sexist.

But the Royal Court has rejected the Church of Sweden reasoning.

"There is nothing in the marriage ceremony or church regulations on how to walk to the altar. It is therefore up to them to decide what they want to do," Nina Eldh said.

It is also a family tradition, Eldh pointed out.

"The king's sister walked to the altar with grandad, as their father was no longer alive."

The Church of Sweden remains sceptical however.

"There are a number of pastors who refuse to conduct such weddings and others who would do so. Both judge from the situation and discussions with the wedding couple," said Ewa Almqvist, Archbishop Anders Wejryd's press secretary.

The controversy emerged last week when the archbishop took the unusual step of issuing a statement to criticise the decision. Almqvist was on Monday unable to confirm the course of action that the archbishop, who will be conducting the royal wedding service, will follow.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

09:15 May 25, 2010 by chazza
I loved walking done the aisle with my swede together as equals symbolising how we saw our marriage. But to each his own. Let them do what they want without passing judgement .
09:45 May 25, 2010 by byke
Taken up the Aisle.
10:38 May 25, 2010 by chazza
still flogging that horse ? been done to death already
11:29 May 25, 2010 by zircon
Nice photograph of the King and daughter Victoria.
13:01 May 25, 2010 by zooeden
It´s a wonderful walk to the altar with your daughter, king and princess... God bless!!!
13:58 May 25, 2010 by bbeynch
I think it's wonderful that history is preserved and that we are reminded of our Swedish traditional Christian values. Christianity has formed our history, legal system, culture and behavioral norms. Let us celebrate the Royal wedding.
15:49 May 25, 2010 by Mr Gee
"...the couple walking side-by-side ...as a demonstration of their equal standing in the proceedings and in life. The Anglo-Saxon practice of "giving away" the bride from the father to the husband is widely regarded as outmoded and sexist."

Big Deal if you think it's a Big Deal.

If the church and traditionalists continue to complain then it just goes to show that some people don't have the capacity to evolve. Shame they didn't stay as monkeys!

In the end, it's more important to be honest with your own interpretation.
16:16 May 25, 2010 by Streja
It's not outmoded, it's just not the Swedish tradition. But each to their own I say.
02:40 May 26, 2010 by repat_xpat
Wow! What a chin!!!
Today's headlines
Allergic Swedes demand separate metro carriages
Peanut photo Shutterstock

Allergic Swedes demand separate metro carriages

A Swedish allergies association has asked Stockholm public transport officials to set aside certain carriages on the metro for those with allergies - banning nuts, animals, and strong fragrances in transit. READ  

Most Swiss want Sweden to be next door
Flag photo: Shutterstock

Most Swiss want Sweden to be next door

Who said there were hard feelings between the oft-confused Swiss and Swedes? A new survey shows that Swiss people would rather have the land of Abba as their neighbour over anyone else in the EU. READ  

What's On in Sweden
Photo: TT

What's On in Sweden

Plenty of events around Sweden to get your teeth into this weekend, with Sunday capped off with a free visual-music concert in central Stockholm. READ  

Elections 2014
Red-greens stay way ahead of Alliance in polls
The Allliance party leaders. Photo: Mats Andersson/TT

Red-greens stay way ahead of Alliance in polls

While the gap between the red-greens and the Alliance is decreasing, the opposition is still far ahead, scoring 48.8 percent of support in a fresh poll. The Alliance came in at 37.7 percent. READ  

Malmö end 14-year Champions League wait
Striker Magnus Eriksson sprints onto the pitch at the end of Malmö's 3-0 win over Salzburg in a Champions League qualifier. Photo: Björn Lindgren/TT

Malmö end 14-year Champions League wait

Malmö overpowered Salzburg on Wednesday night to become the first Swedish team to reach the Champions League since 2000. READ  

Swedish royals boycott Chuck Berry's ceremony
Queen Silvia. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

Swedish royals boycott Chuck Berry's ceremony

Members of Sweden's royal family have revealed that they boycotted the Polar Music Prize ceremony on Tuesday, due to Chuck Berry's past conviction for human trafficking. READ  

Swedish Tetra Pak factory to shut down
Photo: TT

Swedish Tetra Pak factory to shut down

A Tetra Pak factory in southern Sweden is set to shut down due to a decrease in demand, meaning 250 Swedes risk losing their jobs. READ  

The Local List
Ten false friends in the Swedish language
Photo: The Uppsala Koala

Ten false friends in the Swedish language

Never, ever take the Swedish language at face value. This is a language where "puss" means "kiss" and "kiss" means "pee". And that's just the beginning... READ  

Sami museum hit in suspected tear gas attack
Permanent exhibition on the life of Sami nomads. Photo: Bengt Oberger/Wikipedia

Sami museum hit in suspected tear gas attack

The Sami museum in northern Sweden had to be evacuated after two attackers sprayed an unknown substance which left several people violently ill. READ  

Roma advocate scoops Wallenberg prize
Emir Selimi: The winner of the 2014 Raoul Wallenberg Prize. Photo: Charles L. Sjölander

Roma advocate scoops Wallenberg prize

A Roma man has been hailed as "inspirational" after scooping this year's Raoul Wallenberg Prize for setting up an organization to help stamp out racism against the community. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Gallery
Top ten false friends in Swedish
National
Roma advocate scoops Wallenberg prize
Society
Meet the man who made a Swedish store recall its high heels for kids
Business & Money
'How I came to run my own business in Sweden'
Politics
Expert explains why Sweden's election oozes uncertainty
Blog updates

25 August

Hit och dit, här och där (The Swedish Teacher) »

" Hej igen! A common challenge for Swedish language students are the location adverbs hit/här, dit/där, hem/hemma etc. Some of the location adverbs come in two versions. We should use one type of location adverb when we use a verb describes where we are, and we should use the other type of location adverb when we the verb..." READ »

 

25 August

The Dollar Store (Blogweiser) »

"A dollar store in Sweden. Blog post: http://t.co/tNuuvcP1q0 #USD #greenbacks #sweden #sverige pic.twitter.com/RHFAYf7U1k — Joel Sherwood (@joeldsherwood) August 23, 2014 There’s a chain here in Sweden called The DollarStore. This name always stood out to me in a country where they don’t use dollars. I went there for the first time this weekend. They actually accepted greenbacks..." READ »

 
 
 
National
City plays Schindler's List theme at Nazi rally
Society
For Stockholm Fashion Week, here's the A-Z of Swedish fashion
National
'Amnesiac' man avoids deportation for ten years
Gallery
Princess Estelle through the years
Business & Money
Swedish city all set for six-hour workday trial
Business & Money
Five golden rules for the Swedish job hunt
Sponsored Article
Graduates: Insure your income in Sweden with AEA
Gallery
People-watching August 22-24
National
Armed royal guards caught (very) drunk on the job
National
Sweden orders textbook on Roma discrimination
Gallery
Violent anti-Nazi demonstrations in Malmö
Society
A closer look at Sweden's five official minority languages
Gallery
See the destruction from the southern Sweden floods
Politics
'Sweden Democrats hold the key to elections'
Society
Swedes celebrate first day of smelly fish season
Politics
Sweden elections: How do they work?
Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching August 20th
Society
Did you know the Bronx in NYC was named after a Swede?
Society
Swedes slam Danes for 'racist' art
Sponsored Article
Find out what gives this Swedish school executive appeal
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

738
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