The Royal Court of Sweden has released eight photographs to celebrate Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel’s 10th Wedding Anniversary on 19 June 2020.
Photographer Elisabeth Toll took all eight photos at the Gustav III Pavilion in Haga Park, close to the Crown Princess couple’s home at Haga Palace.
A Royal Romance
Crown Princess Victoria chose to marry a commoner and turned him into a Prince.
They first met in 2001 when Daniel became the Crown Princess’ personal trainer during sessions at the Master Training gym in Stockholm.
They announced their engagement on Tuesday, 24 February 2009, at the Royal Palace of Stockholm, once her father gave his consent.
The couple chose the 34th Wedding Anniversary of Crown Princess Victoria’s parents for their big day.
Some described Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling’s royal wedding as the biggest in Europe since Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer in 1981.
Crown Princess Victoria exchanged vows with Daniel Westling in Stockholm Cathedral on 19 June 2010 with 1,200 guests, including European Royal Families from Denmark, Netherlands, Norway and Belgium.
The Australian ambassador, Mr Paul Stephens and his wife, Christina Stephens also attended.
The newlyweds travelled in a carriage procession through Stockholm after the service, before returning to the Royal Palace for the reception.
Gustav III’s Pavilion
Architect Olof Tempelman built the pavilion in the European neoclassical style, with detailed instructions from King Gustav III, who personally became involved in the project.
King Gustav took a keen interest and even suggested a few alterations whilst work was in progress.
Artist Louis Masreliez, who became a trendsetter during the late 18th Century, received the commission to decorate the pavilion’s interior.
Gustav III lived in the pavilion for a few years until he was shot whilst attending that fateful masquerade ball at the Opera House on 16 March 1792. He died from his wounds a couple of weeks later on 29 March.
His government also had plans to colonise Nuyts Land (the south-western coast of Australia) from 1786 to 1787 whilst the British were preparing to send the First Fleet to Botany Bay.
Plans were scrapped when Sweden went to war with Russia in 1788.
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