Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Love is in the Air
Sweden’s royal sisters recently announced plans to marry the men of their dreams to complete their fairytale life. Heir to the Swedish throne 32-year Crown Princess Victoria, whose family is related to all the reigning royal courts of Europe, will marry her long-time boyfriend, Mr. Daniel Westling, in a Cinderella-in-reverse story for modern times. The wedding will take place in Stockholm on June 19, 2010.
Known as a “down to earth” monarch who enjoys walks in the Millesgarden sculpture park and hiking the verdant forests of Sweden’s canal-laced capital, HRH Princess Victoria is destined to become Sweden’s first reigning queen within the House of Bernadotte, which traces its lineage back to 1810.
Crowned with tiara and wearing lavish silk, Princess Victoria makes an eye-catching appearance when she steps into royal duties such as welcoming Nobel Laureates at the opulent Stockholm City Hall for an all-stops-out celebratory dinner. Travelers to Sweden often catch glimpses of HRH Princess Victoria as she slips in and out of Drottningholm Palace, one of Sweden’s three UNESCO World Heritage Sites (and open to the public for scheduled tours), to pursue international aid work and peace activism; HRH also spear heads the Crown Princess Victoria’s Fund that helps people with chronic illnesses and functional disabilities.
Princess Victoria’s younger sister, 27-year-old Madeleine, who last year made Forbes Magazine’s list of the “20 Hottest Young Royals” and is a paparazzi favorite, recently announced her engagement to her long-time boyfriend Mr. Jonas Bergstrom, a lawyer. They will wed sometime after Princess Victoria’s marriage.
An enthusiastic equestrian who is keen on privacy, Princess Madeleine is often spotted at the Royal Mews, a workplace and living museum open to visitors year round for guided tours of the carriages, stables and harnesses. Aside from doing charity work for Min Stora Dag (My Big Day, the Swedish equivalent of Make-A-Wish-Foundation), the Princess is a huge supporter of the capital’s culture. She makes frequent appearances at Stockholm’s many venues for theatre, dance and art.