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New titles for future Prince of Sweden

New titles for future Prince of Sweden

Published: 30 May 2010 13:03 GMT+02:00
Updated: 30 May 2010 13:03 GMT+02:00

The families of Crown Princess Victoria and her fiancé Daniel Westling gathered in the Royal Chapel in Stockholm on Sunday morning for the publishing of the banns of marriage ahead of the couple’s wedding on June 19th.

The church service is to be followed by the first of four pre-wedding receptions at the Royal Palace.

The palace also announced that Westling is to be granted the title His Royal Highness, an honour that will be formally bestowed on his wedding day.

Victoria's former gym instructor will also receive the titles Prince of Sweden and Duke of Västergötland, the palace said.

Raising Daniel to the rank of HRH gives him the same status as other senior members of the Royal Family such as Prince Carl Philip, Princess Madeleine and Princess Lilian. Other members of the family, such as the king’s sisters, Princesses Margaretha, Desirée and Christina, lost the rank after marrying commoners.

There is no recent precedent in Sweden for the king to follow when deciding Daniel’s title, as Crown Princess Victoria is set to be the country’s first reigning queen since Ulrika Eleonora in the eighteenth century. But in other European monarchies, husbands of queens or female heirs to the throne have been awarded the title HRH, such as in the case of Prince Henrik of Denmark or Britain’s Prince Phillip.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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14:47 May 30, 2010 by Soft Boiled
Is it me or does the king look really pissed off in the photo?
15:51 May 30, 2010 by Ant3109
I don't think I have ever seen him smile. But look at the 2 smug mugs behind him.
19:39 May 30, 2010 by wenddiver
I think this is the best picture they have run of the Queen yet. She looks great for a married woman.

You might want to work on the two behind her.
23:06 May 30, 2010 by wxman
My grandfather was a Swedish immigrant. Came to the US when he was 17. He was a very generous man, and us grandkids knew he loved us very much, but he was not a very emotional man. Some people here call the Swedes "cold", but that's not true. It's yust de vay de are.
14:45 May 31, 2010 by Great Scott
Clark Kent gets the title Prince of Sweden, wow! That's super man.
14:46 May 31, 2010 by scrawler
@wxman... as a writer from Stokcholm , I can say that, I have seen many swede guys..major of them are emotionless.. its too hard identify whether they are smiling and making jokes. :). but women are totally incontrast to them and more infulential than swede men..
16:22 May 31, 2010 by Mr Gee
I would have a big smile if I didn't have to work to earn but still kept financially comfortable by someone else's efforts (the tax payers in the this case).

I might feel a little guilty but, still, the smile would shine through!

It's not the Royal's 'fault' they were born into a fortunate position so perhaps criticism is somewhat harsh. But then again, it's not anyone else's fault for not being born into fortunate position.

On balance, the system stinks.
09:05 June 1, 2010 by jwlundgren
it does not seem fair that the king's sisters lost their titles by marrying commoners. Their husbands should have received titles just like Daniel for marrying royals. I thought Sweden was all about equality of the sexes.
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