Sweden’s Crown Princess Marries Commoner Daniel Westling
Victoria Ingrid Alice Desiree, the Crown Princess of Sweden, has married a commoner–her former personal trainer, Daniel Westling on Saturday (June 19).
Upon marriage, Westling, 36, was made as a Prince of Sweden. He then took the full title of His Royal Highness Prince Daniel of Sweden, Duke of Västergötland. This made him at par with his wife’s younger brother and former heir to the throne, His Royal Highness, Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland. Unlike in fairy tales, real life monarchy does not guarantee that a man marrying a princess will become a prince; much more use the titles of his wife.
However, despite being a commoner, Wesling is descended from both Swedish and Finnish aristocracy, according to genealogist Bjorn Engstrom.
Many heads of states and members of royal families from different countries attended the wedding, which was held at the Stockholm Cathedral. The date was chosen as it was the same date that the princess’ parents, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, got married. The queen was also a commoner prior to their marriage.
Some citizens, however, are not happy with the idea that half of the expenses for the wedding, which stands at 20 million kronor (2.5 million USD), will be shouldered by the government (thus, from the taxpayers). The other half will be shouldered by the King.