Sweden Crown Princess Victoria and Mr. Daniel Westling

March 9, 2011

Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, Duchess of Västergötland (1977) is her country's heir apparent and the only female in this role worldwide. If she ascends to the throne as anticipated, Victoria will be Sweden's fourth queen regnant. Her first place in succession formally went into effect on 1 January 1980 with the parliamentary change to the Act of Succession that introduced equal primogeniture. Her father, King Carl XVI Gustaf, is a third cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, making Victoria 205th in the line of succession to the British & other Commonwealth thrones. Her younger brother comes ahead of her in the British succession, though, because it is governed by male preference primogeniture, unlike Sweden's more progressive policy.

Crown Princess Victoria married her personal trainer, Daniel Westling, during a lavish royal wedding on June 19th, 2010 attended by 1,200 royal guests and dignitaries; witnessed more peripherally by over a half million people who lined the streets of Stockholm. By all indications, the couple are deeply in love. . . The arranged royal marriages of the past are clearly giving way to a new breed of unions.

The beautiful and beaming bride wore an off-white gown of Duchess satin with short sleeves and rounded, off-the-shoulder neckline designed by Swedish designer, Pär Engsheden. A 16.5 foot train from the waistline of her gown formed the base of the V-shaped back. Victoria wore the Cameo tiara, worn by her mother, Queen Silvia, on her own wedding day years 34 past to the day. The crown is made of gold, pearls and cameos; one that depicts the the Greek myth of cupid and Psyche. Victoria accented the crown with a pearl bracelet and cameo drop earrings.

Stricken by an eating disorder in 1997, Princess Victoria headed to the United States in 1998 for treatment and the anonymity needed to help her heal. She studied at Yale during this phase of her life.

The book, "Victoria, Victoria" about her eating disorder was published in 2002. Speaking about her condition, Victoria said, “I felt like an accelerating train, going right down... during the whole period. I had eating disorders and was aware of it, my anguish was enormous. I really hated how I looked like, how I was... I, Victoria, didn’t exist. It felt like everything in my life and around me was controlled by others. The one thing I could control was the food I put in me”. . . . “What happened cost, and I was the one who stood for the payments. Now I’m feeling well and with the insights I’ve acquired through this I can hopefully help someone else”.

Royal status does not protect one from human vulnerabilities. Victoria's serious challenges in life, may very well explain the expressions of joy of love we see in her wedding photos. . . . such a sweet and deserving outcome for this lovely, young woman.

Parents of the bride and groom. . . .

The bride's younger sister, Princess Madeleine, wore a blue chiffon dress with a crystal-embroidered bodice, and a skirt with a cascade of ruffles. She also wore for the first time the diamond Connaught tiara which features five loops of forget-me-not flowers and leaves - each with a diamond hanging pendent. Princess Madeleine was engaged to be married late last year, but broke off the engagement after her fiance' was found to be unfaithful. As already noted, royal status does not exempt one from life's painful moments.

And we can't neglect Princess Victoria's younger brother, Prince Carl Philip. . . the handsome and available, Carl Philip. . . Some photos are provided for your viewing pleasure! . . . .

Is anyone else excited about the upcoming nuptials of Prince William and Kate?!

I have been working on entries about more royal weddings, just to get us in the proper mood.




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