Crown Princess Victoria & Daniel Westling

The marriage of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Daniel Westling - June 19, 2010

The engagement

The Crown Princess Victoria became engaged to Mr Daniel Westling on Tuesday February 24, 2009.victoria_daniel_engagement

The first wedding of a female successor to the throne

The royal wedding between Crown Princess Victoria and Mr Daniel Westling on June 19, 2010, was a unique event. It was the first wedding of a female successor to the throne in the list of Swedish monarchs.

It was also a historic event in the history of the Swedish monarchy. When The Crown Princess becomes Queen she will be Sweden's fourth female regent after Queen Margareta (reigned 1389-1396), Queen Kristina (reigned 1632-1654) and Queen Ulrika Eleonora the Younger (reigned 1718-1720).

When he married Crown Princess Victoria, Mr Daniel Westling was granted the title Prince, Duke of Västergötland.

The marriage ceremony

victoria_daniel_ceremonyThe marriage ceremony was conducted by Archbishop Anders Wejryd. He was assisted by Chaplain to the King Lars-Göran Lönnermark, the Dean of the Cathedral Parish of Stockholm, Åke Bonnier, and Antje Jackelén, Bishop of Lund. The wedding service followed the order of service as laid out in the Swedish prayer book, with prayers over the rings, the wedding vows, exchange of rings and blessing.

The wedding ceremony took place in the afternoon. It was the culmination of several days of royal wedding celebrations, including a lunch at Stockholm City Hall, a gala performance at Stockholm Concert Hall, and private supper with dancing at Drottningholm Palace.

The wedding was broadcast live on television. Swedish Television has said that this was the biggest event that has ever been covered in Stockholm.


The music

Court organist and organist for the Cathedral Parish of Stockholm, Gustaf Sjökvist, was in charge of the music during the ceremony at Stockholm Cathedral. He was also responsible for the music during the royal wedding in 1976.


A considerable number of royal guests from the courts of Europe were invited to the wedding celebrations. The bridal couple traveled in a cortège through central Stockholm after the wedding. It was followed by a journey across Stockholm Bay on the Royal Barge 'Vasaorden', a salute from Kastellholmen, salutes from foreign warships, military parades, soldiers lining the streets and musical tributes.

Stockholm Cathedral

Stockholm Cathedral prepared itself for the celebrations. The cathedral was restored to its former glory following extensive renovations during the winter, and was ready to welcome 1,200 guests to the royal wedding. A new chapter began written in the cathedral's 700-year history.

Stockholm's old village church and the current church of the Cathedral Parish of Stockholm, built in 1306, has been the scene of royal coronations, weddings, christenings and funerals since the 16th century.


The cathedral has been the venue for the weddings of kings or successors to the throne on five previous occasions. Gustav Vasa I and Katarina of Sachsen-Lauenburg in 1531; King Erik XIV and Karin Månsdotter in 1568; Crown Prince Oscar I and Joséphine of Leuchtenberg in 1823; Crown Prince Karl XV and Louise of the Netherlands in 1850, and King Carl XVI Gustaf and Silvia Sommerlath in 1976.

Floral decorations

Stockholm woke up to a floral extravaganza on Saturday 19 June!

The floral decorations that framed the royal wedding linked royal traditions with popular wedding customs. The idea had been for the wedding's floral expression to capture and reflect the surrounding architecture. The dazzling decoration of the Royal Palace, Stockholm Cathedral, Skeppsholmen, Logården and Lejonbacken had been inspired by Swedish early summer flowers.

The color scheme of the decorations had been chosen to capture the clear Nordic Midsummer light. Pink roses, peonies, sweet peas, lilac and hydrangeas, together with lilies of the valley and gypsophila were interspersed with delphiniums in shades of blue and white. There were Swedish wild flowers from Ockelbo and majestic rhododendrons from Sofiero Palace.

A pale blue carpet led from the Royal Palace to Stockholm Cathedral. The carpet covered the pavements of Trångsund and the aisle in the cathedral.

The stone plinths on the steps up to the cathedral were decorated with wrought iron obelisks covered with birch leaves. The obelisks were flanked by flower beds of lobelia in shades of light blue.

Stockholm Cathedral's brick pillars were covered with six-meter high floral columns. Blue and white delphiniums reach for the cathedral vaults. The same height effect was followed at the end of each pew. Flowers here were entwined in varying fields of color to create an asymmetrical color effect.

victoria_and_daniel_in_cathedralThe steps in front of the altar had been extended and the steps at the sides were decorated to look like beds of pink summer flowers. There were pink sweet peas on the altar. The sides and corners of the altar rails were adorned with high cones of blue delphiniums.

At Logårdstrappan, on their arrival by the Royal Barge Vasaorden from the Vasa Museum to Skeppsbron, the Bridal Couple was greeted by a seven-meter high triumphal arch of birch.

The custom of raising triumphal arches like this one is a long and popular tradition at Swedish weddings. The triumphal arch also has its roots in the temporary structures that were used on special royal occasions such as coronations and weddings. The shape of the triumphal arch is based on the façade of the organ in Stockholm Cathedral.

Skeppsbron had been transformed into rolling green meadows and gourd-shaped beds in pale shades of pink, blue, white and yellow.

The blue carpet continued towards the steps at Logården. On the parapets there were twenty blue monogrammed urns filled with floral spheres, made up of pale blue bluebells and campanula.

Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel walked via the Inner Courtyard to the Swedish Choral Society's and the general public's choral tribute at Lejonbacken. A royal coverlet of blue velvet embroidered with gold crowns hang from the stone parapet. The parapet was flanked by beds of summer flowers.

The floral arrangements had been created by the Royal Court's florist Claes Carlsson. A team of some 60 volunteers from Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Denmark put the finishing touches to the decorations the evening before the wedding day.


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  1. sarah:
    Dec 27, 2011 at 05:47 PM

    I love Victoria, she seems so real and so natural, she's expecting a baby in March next year, wonder if it'll be a boy or girl, whatever it is, it will be the next king or queen after Victoria! I bet it's a girl!

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