A news programme at the weekend stated that the government allocated 40 million kronor to renovate a palace near Stockholm that the couple will live in. Another 8 million kronor over two years has been granted to run the place.
“You’ll need security guards, personnel to manage the grounds, and others to create a functioning household for the Crown Princess and Daniel,” said Lena Westlin at the Finance Ministry.
Two thousand police, meantime, will be on duty on June 19, at a cost of 7 million kronor, when the couple are married in a resplendent ceremony in Stockholm Cathedral. A total of 14 million kronor has been earmarked to renovate parts of the Cathedral itself.
Some 2,500 soldiers and employees at the Defence Ministry will participate in a wedding day parade. The cost has not been announced. A total of 4 million kronor has been allocated to the Foreign Ministry to deal with the international press, along with diplomats and international royalty.
The City of Stockholm is forking out over 7 million kronor for a two week festival called “Love Stockholm 2010.” This is viewed as a clever way to market the Swedish capital, according to Municipal Culture Director Berit Svedberg. “The attention of the entire world will be focused on Stockholm during this period.”
Westling, 36, is currently participating in an 18-month programme sponsored by the royal court to enhance his understanding about ceremonies and cultural legacies linked to the history of the Swedish monarchy.
Westling, equity partner in three fitness gyms, met Victoria in 2002 while he was her personal trainer. The engagement to the Crown Princess, 33, was announced last year.
A few months ago Westling underwent a successful kidney transplant operation, with his father as donor.