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Blogger Profile: Juan Navas

James Savage · 29 Apr 2010, 11:23

Published: 29 Apr 2010 11:23 GMT+02:00

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Juan, who was born in Munich and raised in Virginia, says royalty has long been an interest for him:


"I think like anyone who grew up in a republic, it's fascinating to look at other countries that have a monarchy. I see it as a pillar of society that stabilises the nation in changing times."


Having moved to Sweden in 1997 as part of his studies in political science, Juan started working as a journalist at Sveriges Radio in 2001. There he interviewed a number of members of the royal family and covered royal events, before starting to work in the press and information department at the royal palace in 2007. He now runs his own public relations firm.


The marriage of Crown Princess Victoria to Daniel Westling will be the biggest royal event since King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia married in the 1970s.

"It's wonderful to see two people in love start a new life together. But this is not just a wedding between a couple, it's a new phase in the country's history. I also think it's going to be a great party for Stockholm and Sweden, and will put them in focus internationally."

“I was in Oslo for the Norwegian Crown Prince’s Wedding, and the atmosphere in the city was just amazing. I think that the 19th of June in Stockholm will be the pinnacle of a love story that’s been in the minds of the Swedish people for many years.  It is also the beginning of a new chapter in Swedish history.“

Some commentators have questioned Victoria's choice of a man of the people - Daniel is a gym owner and middle-class Swede from the town of Ockelbo. Such a match would have been unthinkable until the current king ascended the throne - before then, the norm was that Swedish royals married members of foreign royal families.


Juan thinks criticism of Daniel is unwarranted.


"These are modern times we're living in. If you look around Europe, most royals have chosen spouses from non-traditional backgrounds. If you look at Norway and Denmark, you have two crown princes who have married for love - and that should be the only requirement. The King's motto is ''För Sverige i Tiden," or "For Sweden with the Times", and I think the family lives by that motto.


But what about Victoria herself - what kind of queen will she be?


"Sweden is extremely lucky to have a person like Crown Princess Victoria. She's completely devoted ad understands what her role will be as Queen of Sweden. She takes her role very seriously. It's a heavy burden, but it's what she's been preparing for all her life."


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What will Daniel's role be after the couple are married?


"He will be a royal consort, like Prince Henrik in Denmark or Prince Philip in Britain. His role will be to support the Crown Princess in her work. He has already said that he would like to use his position to encourage people to get active and exercise, and I think he would be a good role model for that."


Over the next few weeks, Juan will be following Daniel Westling's unique conversion to Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland on his blog and in a series of articles on The Local.

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Your comments about this article

12:07 April 30, 2010 by peropaco
Surströmming anyone....??
13:28 April 30, 2010 by spy
Nice teeth, very ...... Amreican.
17:57 April 30, 2010 by mjennin2
I think he needs to move back to America and marry me. He's pretty to look at :)
19:05 May 2, 2010 by denroi
Juan was a fine high school student. I should know. I was his teacher. I am proud of him.
15:07 May 3, 2010 by Angusthefirst
It's sad enough for someone to like "Royalty" (whatever the hell that is) in their own country. The fact that this guy has moved to another country and admires "Royalty" from ANOTHER COUNTRY makes him possibly the most tragic guy in Sweden at this moment in time.

Why would The Local hire a guy to cover such a ridiculous event in English? This paper should be a sanctuary from the sickening spectacle we republican Swedes (I'm a naturalised Swede) will be forced to put up with in June. All at the taxpayers expense for an already extremely rich family.
02:40 May 15, 2010 by planet.sweden
The Local has lost the plot if it thinks it needs to hire an American royalty obsessed sycophant to cover this wedding.

"These are modern times we're living in. If you look around Europe, most royals have chosen spouses from non-traditional backgrounds"

Oh err, please do tell us more Juan!

"Sweden is extremely lucky to have a person like Crown Princess Victoria. She's completely devoted ad understands what her role will be as Queen of Sweden"

Pass the puke bucket someone.

It takes an American to talk such twaddle about European royalty. The poor deluded kid doubtless thinks the whole show is an extension of Hollywood.

Please get real!
18:48 May 19, 2010 by zooeden
Every single thing is fascinating to Navas!!!

Am I offending you James???
15:00 May 20, 2010 by spy
Time for a rant.....Can we not archive this story? I am sick of looking at this seemingly white-toothed, plastic, metro-sexual smiling smugly at me every time I visit TL. My advice to him would be to grow a pair of pair of balls and do something useful instead of gossiping about minor European royals.

Let's face it only a few in Sweden really care about their royal family and most foreigners have no idea that Sweden even has one.
19:48 May 22, 2010 by frey
some of you are soooo cynical: who or what, if you have any, is your symbol or instrument of rationality, graft oil? let me finish my french history, then i'll comment further...
09:51 May 23, 2010 by Mr Gee
So, Juan has found a nice job and I guess he will be good at it.

In the same circumstances would other people do the same job? In reality it's very likely - if you're not too ugly!

Good luck to him.
10:42 August 3, 2010 by cosplay
DN used to be the best daily newspaper. But since a couple of years they try to copy Aftonbladet. Not only is that a stupid idea, they fail miserably at it. Thus it is no surprise that the paper kills itself.
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