Princess in Training
Crown Princess Victoria was 25 years old when she first began training with personal fitness instructor Daniel Westling, her someday Prince. She had recently moved back from the United States where she had been studying at Yale and was receiving professional help with her battle with anorexia.
CP Victoria remained incredibly private during her courtship with Westling, so unfortunately not much is known. However, news broke of the relationship after a photo was snapped of the two kissing at one of CP Victoria’s friend’s 25th birthday party.
The paparazzi and press were all too daunting for the personal trainer, and he was often criticized as not being “smart enough” or having the proper “pedigree.”
CP Victoria responded with poise and let her love for Daniel speak for itself. Soon the Swedish public embraced the pair. The Crown Princess, when a while later was asked about ‘commoners’ marrying royals, she spoke of how the matter has changed over time:
“I think the general idea with the Swedes is that the modern way is to marry someone you love, not necessarily based on where she or he comes from.” (Examiner)
Though her father, King Carl XVI Gustav, was vehemently against the relationship, after much ‘prince’s school,‘ the relationship was approved.
Daniel reportedly proposed on the grounds of Drottningholm Palace on a beautiful day.
“I was hoping for a ‘yes’ but I wasn’t entirely sure,” he revealed. (Hello!)
She, of course, said yes and the official announcement was February 24, 2009.
It was considered the ‘biggest royal event‘ since the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana nearly 20 years before. More than 1000 dignitaries from around the world attended the event, and more than 250,000 people lined the streets of Stockholm to celebrate the wedding, which took place on June 19, 2010, the 34th anniversary of CP Victoria’s parents.
The pictures are for more exciting than my words, so I’ll just let them speak for themselves…
“To the Swedish people – Thank you for giving me my prince.” – Crown Princess Victoria on her wedding day
This is one of my top three favorite Royal Weddings. Crown Princess Victoria looked so beautiful and she and Daniel’s love was radiating.