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Reflections on the Royal Wedding

June 20th, 2010 by juannavas

The Crown Princess Couple. Photo: Erik Holmquist

Saturday was truly a magical day in Stockholm. There was a fantastic atmosphere in the capital when Crown Princess Victoria finally got to say “I do” to Prince Daniel. The Royal Wedding took months of planning and preparation, involving hundreds of people, and it was truly a success.

The question many wondered was what the Crown Princess would be wearing. Fashion experts have hailed Pär Engsheden’s creation as elegant and stylish. The ceremony itself was a mix of tradition and personal touches, and the banquet that followed was a feast compiled of many Scandinavian delicacies. Media in Sweden are also hailing the very personal speech given in both English and Swedish by the groom, Prince Daniel, at the wedding banquet.

The Royal Court has compiled all the details from yesterday’s festivities on their home page. Here are a few highlights:

The Bride
The Royal Family’s Attire
The Menu
The Wedding Cake

The Grand Hotel. Photo: Erik Holmquist

The Royal Wedding has also been an opportunity for Sweden, and the city of Stockholm, to show off. Many foreign journalists were in Stockholm to cover the wedding, also taking  the time to report on different aspects of Sweden and its capital city. Love Stockholm was an engaging festival that offered tourists and Stockholmers alike two weeks of entertainment. Swedish businesses also took the opportunity to show off the best of Swedish design and innovation. IKEA put up a huge tent in central Stockholm made to look like Haga Palace, the Crown Princess Couple’s home. Inside the large tent different rooms were created to inspire visitors. Stockholm’s Arlanda airport also built a “terminal” close to the Palace, helping to promote Sweden as a tourist destination. At the Love Stockholm Media Center several of the sponsors showed off their latest technology, such as Telia’s new 4G system and Ericsson with their connected tree that tweets the mood of those who touch it.

The Royal Wedding was truly an historical event and the climax of months of media focus. Today newspapers are filled with special sections devoted to the event, and internet sites and television stations are rounding up all the facts, details and highlights from June 19. The Royal Wedding is now over and media focus will shift to another very important event happening in Sweden this year – the general election in September.

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The Crown Princess Couple Greet the Crowds

June 19th, 2010 by juannavas

The Crown Princess Couple have now stepped out of the Palace onto Lejonbacken. Thousands of onlookers are cheering Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel. Flags are flying high, music is playing and all around the Palace there is a very celebratory mood. In just a few hours the wedding celebrations continue with a banquet being held in the couples honor. It has truly been a historical day in Stockholm and for all of Sweden.

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Over Stockholm Bay on the Vasaorden

June 19th, 2010 by juannavas

The procession of the Crown Princess Couple through central Stockholm has just come to an end, and the couple are about to start their journey over Stockholm Bay on the Royal Barge “Vasaorden”. The barge was also used at the wedding of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia in 1976. According to the Royal Court there will be “a salute from Kastellholmen” as well as “salutes from foreign warships.” After that the barge will dock below the Royal Palace, after which the Crown Princess Couple will greet onlookers from the Royal Palace.

For more live coverage of the Royal Wedding be sure to follow The Local’s live blog.

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H.R.H. Prince Daniel, the Duke of Västergötland

June 19th, 2010 by juannavas

Prince Daniel. Photo: Paul Hansen/The Royal Court

The wedding ceremony has just come to an end, and the procession through central Stockholm is about to begin. The ceremony was a mix of historical tradition as well as personal touches. Daniel Westling is now H.R.H. Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland. A new life now begins for the Crown Princess Couple, and especially for Prince Daniel who has been preparing for his new role for the past few months. His new duties include representing Sweden, both here and abroad, as well as supporting his wife, the Crown Princess.

For more live coverage of the Royal Wedding be sure to follow The Local’s live blog.

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UPDATED: The Royal Wedding has started

June 19th, 2010 by juannavas

The Royal Wedding between Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling has just begun. Stockholm Cathedral is filled to the brim with royals from here and abroad, Swedish and foreign dignitaries, as well as hundreds of other guests. Since this morning Swedish TV4 has been covering the event live, as well as SVT which began their broadcast a few hours ago. You can of course follow the wedding ceremony live, wherever you are in the world, on SVT Play.

The Crown Princess’ wedding dress has been a point of discussion, and speculation, for quite some time now. The Royal Court has now confirmed that the dress is designed by Pär Engsheden. To the dress the Crown Princess chose to wear the kamédiademet, or the Cameo Tiara. The same tiara was worn by her mother at her wedding in 1976.

You can find out more about Crown Princess Victoria’s dress, tiara and flowers here.

For more live coverage of the Royal Wedding be sure to follow The Local’s live blog.

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Just a few hours to go…

June 19th, 2010 by juannavas


Photo: Erik Holmquist

Right now the sun is shining over Stockholm and one can only hope that the weather will hold for today’s festivities. Looking out over the water, and the Royal Palace, you can see people starting to gather in the streets to follow the wedding. Media have reported that the Crown Princess has arrived at the Royal Palace to get ready for her big day. Besides the many onlookers the streets are also filled with the police and Säpo (the Swedish Security Service). Security is of course very important on this day. Not only for the hundreds of Swedish and foreign dignitaries, but also for the onlookers who are expected to line the streets of Stockholm today.

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A day away…

June 18th, 2010 by juannavas
The Royal Palace seen from the Grand Hotel.

The Royal Palace as seen from the Grand Hotel.

Good evening. The event many have been waiting for is just a few short hours away – the Royal Wedding. Tomorrow Crown Princess Victoria will marry Daniel Westling. It will be a historical day in Sweden and many eyes are on Stockholm right now. In just a few short hours we will also get the answers to many of the questions that have been floating about: what will the Crown Princess be wearing? Will the King escort her down the aisle? How many people will be gathered in the street? Will the weather be alright? The list goes on and on. Tomorrow we finally find out.


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A Busy Day for the Bride and Groom

June 18th, 2010 by juannavas

Photo: Paul Hansen/The Royal Court

The Crown Princess Couple will not be getting a lot of rest today, one day before their much anticipated wedding. The Royal Wedding festivities continue Friday with a private lunch being hosted by the King and Queen at Sturehof Castle, just outside Stockholm. This will be followed by a reception at Stockholm City Hall hosted by the government, which will be followed by a dinner at Eric Ericson Hall. Some 300 guests are expected to attend the banquet.

The evening will come to a close with a concert being held at Stockholm Concert Hall. The concert, hosted by the Riksdag (Swedish Parliament), will be offering a wide variety of music ranging from classical to pop. According to Swedish Television SVT, which will broadcast the event starting at 20:30 CET, the Royal Philharmonic will accompany some 250 performers in “a salute to love.”

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Guest Lists for the Wedding

June 17th, 2010 by juannavas

The Royal Court has just released the guest list for the Crown Princess Couple’s wedding ceremony at Stockholm’s Cathedral, as well as for the banquet to follow at the Royal Palace. Guests for both the wedding ceremony and dinner include members of the Royal Families of the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Spain, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Japan and Jordan.

You can see the guest lists in their entirety at the Royal Court’s homepage:

Guests at the Wedding

Guests at the Wedding Banquet

The Royal Palace. Photo: Alexis Daflos/The Royal Court

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Royal Wedding Celebrations Begin

June 17th, 2010 by juannavas

On Wednesday evening the Royal Family, including the King and Queen, Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Madeleine attended a dinner onboard the Götheborg. The dinner was hosted by Sweden’s 21 County Governors and it was the first official dinner of the wedding festivities. Guests were served a buffet inspired by Sweden’s different regions. You can see photos from last night’s dinner at the Royal Court’s homepage.

The Royal Wedding celebrations continue today with a private dinner, hosted by the King and Queen, at Drottningholm Palace. The guests include many of the Crown Princess Couple’s closet friends and family, as well as several members of Europe’s royal families.

Drottningholm Palace. Photo: Alexis Daflos/The Royal Court

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