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Swedish crown princess marries commoner

June 19, 2010 - SWEDEN

When Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden marries commoner Daniel Westling in Stockholm Cathedral, the fitness trainer gains a title as well as a wife. Thereafter, he will be HRH Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland. The 1000-strong guest list for the wedding will include Europe's crowned heads. The city's celebratory festival starts Jun 6, National Day. Some 2 million people, including hundreds of foreign journalists, are expected for the big party. And a second royal wedding is in the planning stages.

When Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden marries commoner Daniel Westling in Stockholm Cathedral, the fitness trainer gains a title as well as a wife. Thereafter, he will be HRH Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland. The 1000-strong guest list for the wedding will include Europe's crowned heads. The city's celebratory festival starts Jun 6, National Day. Some 2 million people, including hundreds of foreign journalists, are expected for the big party. And a second royal wedding is in the planning stages. Princess Madeleine, Victoria's younger sister, and Jonas Bergstrom, have announced their engagement. The youngest daughter of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, the princess has been dating Bergstrom, a lawyer, since 2002. Victoria's marriage will be Sweden's first royal wedding since King Carl and Queen Sylvia were married in the same cathedral in 1976. The wedding year coincides with the 200th anniversary of the House of Bernadotte's rule of Sweden.

Sweden's Princess Victoria to marry fitness trainer Daniel Westling (Times 25 Feb 2009)

Date written/update: 2010-06-19