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Victoria 'stole the show' on London red carpet

Rebecca Martin · 29 Apr 2011, 06:53

Published: 29 Apr 2011 06:53 GMT+02:00

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“When Victoria arrived the 300 or so photographers all went crazy and shouted her name,” royal reporter Johan T Lindwall said to the Expessen newspaper.

Victoria was wearing a red dress and waved to the public as she walked the red carpet to the entrance of the hotel. When asked if she was looking forward to Friday’s wedding she just smiled.

Thursday’s event was to give the Royal guests a chance to meet and mingle ahead of the wedding, and according to Lindwall, Victoria really stole the show when she arrived.

However, Victoria and Daniel will not be attending all the festivities planned for the wedding celebration, and experts say they are probably not among the chose 300 invited to the wedding party.

"They are not part of the inner circle. They are neither related to the couple, nor do they socialise with them," Jenny Alexandersson, royal reporter from daily Aftonbladet, told daily Svenska Dagbladet (SvD).

Neither the British nor the Swedish Royal Court wanted to disclose whether or not Victoria and Daniel had been invited to the party in the evening.

According to Alexandersson the British Royals have separated guests into three groups; 1900 guests are invited to witness the ceremony in Westminster Abbey, 650 will be attending the luncheon served at Buckingham Palace, and 300 VIP guests will get to party the night away with Kate and Wills.

Victoria and Daniel will only be present at the wedding ceremony and the luncheon and are scheduled to fly back on Friday evening to attend the celebrations of King Carl XVI Gustaf’s 65th birthday on Saturday, according to SvD.

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In Alexandersson’s opinion the British Royal house has a closer connection both to the Danish and Norwegian Royal family. The Swedish house of Bernadotte is less closely connected to the Windsors than their Scandinavian neighbours.

“Their relationship to the British Royals is more that of colleagues. And William and Harry didn’t come to Victoria’s wedding, the British court sent Edward and Sophie instead,” Alexandersson told SvD.

Rebecca Martin (rebecca.martin@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

07:30 April 29, 2011 by Rishonim
In that picture Victoria looks like a cross between Judi Dench, Jamie Fox and Grace Jones.
09:01 April 29, 2011 by swedejane
"They are not part of the inner circle. "

No kidding. Didn't the brits skip their wedding last year to go to a soccer game? Hahahaha....oh, those high class royal problems.
10:45 April 29, 2011 by Rishonim
I like it how the Swedish media tries to make a hoopla that Victoria stole the show. I bet anything she was only recognized by the four Swedish journalist at the event.
12:40 April 29, 2011 by planet.sweden
"Victoria 'stole the show' on London red carpet", "the 300 photographers went crazy"

Oh sure, that would be why there's not a single picture of them in the British papers this morning? I guess it didn't occur to this writer that it's the job of the photographers to take pictures of everyone who arrives, regardless of whether they recognise them or not, just in case.

The intelligence of the Swedo nationalist journalism at The Local goes from bad to worse.
14:10 April 29, 2011 by zircon
Kate Middleton stole the whole show, marrying in satin white.
14:15 April 29, 2011 by EtoileBrilliant
I have to say the younger sister Pip did it for me. I'm smitten with the bridesmaid
15:09 April 29, 2011 by Mack
They are truly an ugly couple... all that money and that is the best they can do.
15:12 April 29, 2011 by cornpone
They are colleagues? In what? Being a parasitic cancer on the taxpayer? Not a bad carreer if you can get it. Pity the poor fools who pay for their mansions, yachts, and servants.
15:36 April 29, 2011 by Great Scott

If you think they look ugly, take a look in the mirror.


Whether you love them or you loathe them, they are a big financial asset to the UK. In tourism they bring in £millions every year. What is the cost of the US president and how much does he bring in every year.


You are quite right, I watched TV and looked at the papers. I have not seen a red dress anywhere, maybe the hundreds of pictures that were taken are not worth publishing.
15:39 April 29, 2011 by Syftfel
That red dress would look a lot better on me!
15:57 April 29, 2011 by cornpone
@Great Scott

I know you ain't a real Scot! The US President is not a monarch who is born on welfare (except tthe royals dont get free cheese and food stamps but castles and limos and yachts and servants). The UK already has a Prime Minister.

Make the tribute (tax) paid to them voluntary and lets see who really supports them.

Funny when people bring up the money argument. I could argue that making all the women of the UK into prostitutes would also bring in lots of tourist money. We could start teaching them in primary school the tricks of the trade so that all the men on earth will come spend their money in the UK.

Money is not a good argument.
17:11 April 29, 2011 by swedejane
I've heard this ridiculous "the monarchy brings in so much tourism money" argument before. It's not these genetic lottery winners who bring people in...it's not as if the Smiths from Bumblee, MO get to hang out with the Queen. People like to look at the castles, the art, and all the other trappings of royal life. But you could put that stuff in a museum, make the royals get a real job, and cease that whole ridiculous custom and still maintain the same level of tourism.

I wonder if there's any envious on the part of Sweden's "royal" representatives at the wedding. After all, they're wedding was less than a year ago, william and harry both blew it off, and nobody outside of Sweden's borders really cared at all. In the US, I guarantee nobody knew anything about it. I remember reading the articles last year defending the absurd cost of their wedding because of all the (again...wait for it) "tourism" dollars that would flock to Stockholm during the wedding. Surprise, there were vacant hotel rooms and it barely registered a blip on the local economy. Way to go.

All of these welfare queens and kings gathering in London must be having a good time, slapping each other on the back and laughing at how gullible all of these people are that give them millions upon millions for doing nothing. What a royal scam.
17:49 April 29, 2011 by Swedesmith
If you really want to bring in tourist dollars, sell tickets to the honeymoon.
20:28 April 29, 2011 by Lukestar1991
Of course she was noticed. Everybody there had a once in a life chance to see a 'real' Monarch.
21:48 April 29, 2011 by conboy
Welfare parasites slumming amongst their own is it genetics or environment I wonder?
22:07 April 29, 2011 by karex
So, are we going to get to see what dress she wore at the ceremony?
23:06 April 29, 2011 by johnny1939
Victoria looks wonderful as usual and it would seem more important to go back home for the King's 65th birthday then whopping it up w/ a bunch of Brits they don't really know the relationship between the Windsors and Bernadottes have been frosty for a long time. I have been told it is since the war but who knows. They are not missing much anyway.
23:37 April 29, 2011 by Njal
@ Great Scott

"Whether you love them or you loathe them, they are a big financial asset to the UK. In tourism they bring in £millions every year. What is the cost of the US president and how much does he bring in every year."

- even if what you say is true, that does not justify perpetual privledge and the centuries of misconduct prior to today, that allowed the royals to enjoy their position today. Allowing the royalty to continue today is an anachronistic and unjust practice.
00:23 April 30, 2011 by philster61
Mrs Danial Westling...
10:23 April 30, 2011 by Great Scott
@ Njal

Oh why do I think people like you are simple minded? I don't believe that you are any more thought of then royalty. However I do know that the royals contribute more to society than you do, so what's your problem. But I must say if you think royalty should be abolished, who should then take over and lead, also why?


I say the same to you as I said Njal.

I must add if you saw any TV coverage, that the event was enjoyed by millions (people that where there). I like your proposal of letting people financially support the royals, I somehow think they would be better off.

I think that you must also live boring lives as you let your jealousy control you.
19:35 April 30, 2011 by Njal
@ Great Scott

"Oh why do I think people like you are simple minded?"

- well I didn't really ask for your opinion, but if you need to start your morning with insults, be my guess.

" However I do know that the royals contribute more to society than you do"

- how do you know that Great Scott? and how did you learn of it?

"so what's your problem"

- usually my problem is when certain people are raised above everybody else for no discernable/justifiable reason, as a practice not of centuries but of millenia. You of course understand that the reason for their incredible wealth has been because of many centuries of imperial tribute. But dress up a couple of Royals in their best, drive them by their subjects waving down at us, and everybody seems to forget that.

"But I must say if you think royalty should be abolished, who should then take over and lead, also why?"

- how about nobody 'take-over', how about we just have open/honest government without monarchy, revolutionary I know ; ), but entirely possible.

And even if my life was boring, a royal wedding would add to the boredom.
07:20 May 1, 2011 by SaraMx
The idea of monarchy in the 21st century is as astounding to me as the idea of slavery.

I was watching the news that day and the reporter asked a couple that was there st like "how do you feel to see the prince and his bride passing by?". They answered "this is the most important day of my life!".

I saw that and I just thought how sad it is... I have no comments but

I can't believe that after all these years people is still living in such ignorance.
11:28 May 1, 2011 by johnny1939
I like watching happiness where ever I can find it
11:45 May 1, 2011 by Great Scott
@ Njal

You have serious problem with yourself, you show immaturity and jealousy in your comments. Read my other comments to you here - http://www.thelocal.se/33468/20110428/
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