Swedish Royal Wedding reflects 200 years history

12:06, June 20, 2010      

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Swedish Crown Princess Victoria and Mr Daniel Westling are going to hold their wedding on Saturday at the Cathedral in Stockholm.

“The preparation of the wedding is a process of reflecting history in Sweden,” said Nina Eldh, Head of the Information Department at the Swedish Royal Court.

“You can wonder why Sweden had a French Prince to become Swedish Crown, this is because before 1810, Sweden lost one third of its land, lost Finland to Russia. Sweden needed a hero. So they chose a French Prince Benadote to become Swedish King,” said the Royal Historian Johan.

“He indeed gave Sweden peace. Benadote’s son Carl married a young princess Josephine whose father was Napoleon’s step son on June 19, 1823 in the Cathedral. And that was a Saturday. Since then, Victoria’s wedding will be the fifth. Victoria’s parents married on the same day in 1976 in the same church. And the pastor on Saturday will wear the same clothes as the pastor wore in 1823,” Johan said.

The Crown Princess is to marry an ordinary man is also kind of tradition that her Father, the current king married an ordinary woman from Germany. The low key royal family enjoys a good reputation in the Swedish society even though there is also call for getting rid of the monarchy, but that was a very minority.

It was in 1980 when Sweden amended the law that no matter the boy or girl can become a crown. This shows the equality mindset in Sweden. That also made it possible that it is ok for the princess to marry an ordinary person.

Eldh said that the young couple and the royal family also considered the environmental aspect into the wedding.

“We bought the flowers in fair trade, in transport, we use green cars, and the princess doesn’t want fireworks to avoid the smoke and emission,” Eldh said.

There will be 2300 journalists reporting the wedding and banquet. A total of 1600 guests will attend the concert held by the parliament for the couple, 470 guests attending the government banquet for the couple, and 1200 guests in the church in the wedding ceremony.

A total of 2000 police the largest ever in history will be out in the street to ensure a happy day for the couple and numerous security police will be present during the whole process.

By Xuefei Chen, People’s Daily Online correspondent in Stockholm, [email protected]


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