February 24, 2009 / 2:31 PM / 10 years ago

FACTBOX: Sweden's Crown Princess announces engagement

(Reuters) - Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria announced her engagement Tuesday to gym owner Daniel Westling. The wedding will take place in early summer 2010.

The last Swedish royal wedding was in 1976 when King Carl XVI Gustaf married German-born Silvia Sommerlath, whom he met at the Munich Olympics in 1972.

Here are a few facts about the heir to the Swedish throne.


— Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, Duchess of Vastergotland, was born in July 1977 in Stockholm. She was baptized and given the names Victoria Ingrid Alice Desiree.

— She belongs to the Royal House of Bernadotte and has two younger siblings, Princess Madeleine and Prince Carl Philip.

— She is dyslexic, suffering from the same reading and writing disorder as her father King Carl XVI Gustaf. In 1997 the Royal Court announced that she had eating disorders.

— In 2003, the Swedish royal family won a legal battle over reports claiming that Victoria wanted to marry a Greek prince. Two German magazines had to publish apologies.

— She lives at Drottningholm Palace outside Stockholm.


— The crown princess supports her father in his official engagements and has her own agenda of official engagements. She travels frequently as a representative for Sweden, including a 2005 trip to Australia in connection with the ‘Swedish Style’ exhibition, and a trip to Japan to attend the World Exposition.

— She has traveled to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to study international aid efforts. In June 2005 she visited Turkey with Thomas Ostros, then Sweden’s Minister for Trade and Industry, in order to promote relations between Sweden and Turkey.

— In September 2006 she started a one-year diplomatic program at the Swedish Foreign Ministry.

— In 2006 she demonstrated her combat and first aid skills to the media as part of a three-week military training course to prepare her for international peacekeeping missions.

Sources: Reuters/www.royalcourt.se

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