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Love, etc.: Swedish royal wedding (photos)


Welcome to the rest of your life, pal: Daniel Westling -- now HRH Prince Daniel, Duke of Vastergotland -- adjusts the train of Crown Princess Victoria's gown at a dinner the night before their wedding. (Leif R. Jansson/Scanpix via Reuters)See more photos here.


  • Married: Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria, 32, and her former personal trainer, Daniel Westling, 36. The couple of eight years traded ja's Saturday in Stockholm in the biggest European royal wedding since Charles and Di. Controversies: Her dad, King Carl XVI Gustaf, walked her down the aisle (the norm in Sweden is for bride and groom to walk together); news organizations such as Reuters and AP withdrew to protest coverage restrictions; and normal Swedes, weary of monarchy, failed to turn out in big numbers.




    See also: A gallery of Swedish royal wedding photos.

  • By The Reliable Source  |  June 21, 2010; 1:02 AM ET
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    Comments

    There appears to be a shortage of hard facts in this blog post.

    "normal Swedes, weary of monarchy, failed to turn out in big numbers"

    Official police estimate: 500.000 out of 1,3 million people on the streets, an all time high. 2,9 million Swedes out of 9 million watched the 10 hour live TV coverage. Third highest in the past 12 months.

    "Weary of monarchy".

    The figures certainly speak a different story. Or as one of the commentators for the German ZDF TV channel put it when wrapping up: "The supporters of republic can simply pack up and leave after this."

    "King Carl XVI Gustaf, walked her down the aisle (the norm in Sweden is for bride and groom to walk together)"

    He walked 2/3 of the distance letting the groom take over and walk her to the altar, thus making the archbishop happy along with all those who question the symbolism in fathers handing daughters over to their husbands. (Why are grooms never handed over to brides by their mothers?)

    AP and Reuters wanted to own the TV images that they had planned to buy under the normal 48 hours news coverage license. Swedish TV said no thanks. If they were so anxious, why not set up their own cameras? Others did.

    Posted by: janne1 | June 21, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

    Thank you, janne1 for clarifying, and also for correcting the errors in this snarky little article. I watched the wedding and would like to add that Prince Daniel in no way will be a subservient kind of consort. His speech at the wedding banquet showed strength and maturity. And anyone watching Princess Victoria can see that she regards this man as her equal partner in every way.

    Posted by: ehdb55 | June 21, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

    This blog is clearly not a reliable source despite its claim to be "deeply reported". This picture blog does a much better and fairer job:

    http://photoimagine.wordpress.com/2010/06/20/fler-bilder-fran-gardagen/

    What editorial considerations made the Post report as it did?

    Posted by: larsl | June 21, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

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