The biggest royal event of the year has taken place in Sweden and went off without a hitch, and with 500,000 people lining the streets. Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria, Duchess of Västergötland became married to the now Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland. Around 2:30 in the afternoon guest began arriving, the earliest royals were those who are not heirs in their country- Princess Martha Louise of Norway and Ari Behn, Princess Mabel (who was wearing pants!) and Prince Friso of the Netherlands, among others. These were followed by members of the Swedish government and personal friends and family of the couple. Lastly the crown princely couples and monarchs of the countries began to arrive. All the royal families in Europe were represented in full regalia.
Last to arrive were the bride’s family, HRH Princess Madeleine and the mother of the bride, HM Queen Silvia. Following were Daniel along with HRH Prince Carl Philip and then HRH Princess Victoria arrived with her father HM King Carl XVI Gustaf. Daniel looked calm as he arrived and waved to the crowd gathered there. Princess Victoria arrived by car wearing a veil and tiara that were both on loan from her mother. As reported, the King walked Victoria down the aisle but stopped before the alter and Daniel took it from there. The ceremony was conducted by three bishops and the Archbishop from the Swedith Lutheran Church ran the ceremony.
As the couple took their vows in the short ceremony were both very emotional. At one moment Victoria reached up and wiped tears that were running down his face. In addition many of the guests were seen tearing up, including Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark. After the vows and exchanging of rings the Archbishop gave a short speech:
“Your situation, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel (we can now use this title for the first time), is both shared and unique. You’ll be taking on tasks that you won’t be able to turn down — but that you can influence. One of you has had many years to prepare for and live this life — and one of you only a few. You won’t have complete control over your lives — but you will successfully make your way through life if you keep your focus on people other than yourselves, on wider contexts, on society, on family and on the future. ‘Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.’ So, you are now husband and wife. Privately, you have set up a ‘refuge’ that has now been confirmed as publicly as is possible. Through marriage, a bridge is forged between the most personal side of your lives and the public side. ‘Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.’”
After the ceremony the wedding party was not seen for a few minutes. This was so Prince Daniel could put the Order of the Seraphim on his jacket. He was made a Knight in the order before the wedding, and as he became an official member of the royal family he was able to wear the star. When the couple finally left the church they waved to the crown and gave each other a quick kiss. The newlyweds then traveled by carriage and boat back to the palace. Along the way they were greet by large crowds lining the route estimated at 500,000 people. They waved to the public gathered on both sides of the palace and both the King and Princess gave a short speech. The Princess said: “Dear friends, I would first like to thank the Swedish people for having given me my prince. We, my husband and I, are so incredibly happy and very grateful that as many would like to be here and celebrate together with us. It’s a huge experience. This is our biggest day so far in our lives. Your support means more to us than you could ever believe. Today is a day that we will carry with us in our hearts throughout our lives.” She was clearly very moved.
Video of the ceremony can be seen exclusively on http://svtplay.se/
Pictures of the ceremony were not made available by AP.
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