Grand royal wedding ceremony held in Stockholm

13:16, June 20, 2010      

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Crown Princess Victoria (L) and his husband Daniel Westling give thanks to citizens during their wedding celebration in Stockholm, capital of Sweden, June 19, 2010. A grand wedding ceremony of Swedish Crown Princess Victoria and Mr. Daniel Westling was held in the Cathedral in Stockholm on Saturday. (Xinhua/Wu Ping)

A grand wedding ceremony of Swedish Crown Princess Victoria and Mr. Daniel Westling was held in the Cathedral in Stockholm on Saturday.

About 1,500 family members and guests including the Kings and Queens from Sweden, other European countries and even Jordan attended the wedding.

Swedish Archbishop Anders Wejryd married the couple in front of their parents and guests. Thousands of roses decorated in and outside the church.

The wedding is also considered a festival for the whole city, tens of thousands of people standing along the road to watch the couple's cortege with royal guards riding on the horses after the church ceremony.

After the 6.4 kilometer trip both by the cart on land and the royal barge at the sea, the newly-weds went up to the castle together with the King and the Queen, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and his wife and other leaders and waved hands to tens of thousands of the crowds gathering around the palace.

"I like to thank you, the Swedish People, it is you who gave me my prince, I and my husband are unbelievably happy and grateful," Princess Victoria said to the public.

Many people expressed that Princess Victoria did a good job and it is great that she married the one she loves.

After the wedding ceremony, the King and the Queen will hold a banquet to 500 guests at the royal palace.

The wedding festival actually started two days ago with the royal parents' private dinner, the government reception and banquet on Friday and the parliament's grand concert for the couple and guests.

The banquet on Saturday will conclude the wedding.

The new couple will live in the Haga park in Stockholm after the wedding.

Source: Xinhua
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