Not many little boys grow up, hoping that they will someday meet a princess at a gym, marry her, and become a prince, but that's exactly what happened in the case of Daniel Westling.
The former personal trainer began dating Swedish Crown Princess Victoria in 2002 and this past weekend, the couple exchanged vows in a televised wedding that was the biggest royal event in Europe since the wedding of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer.
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Princess Victoria, 32, and Daniel, 36, married in the same church that Victoria’s parents, the current king and queen of Sweden, were married in and on the date of their 34th anniversary. According to the Telegraph, the wedding is reported to have cost over $2.5 million and been watched by over 5 million people across Europe. In attendance were other royals, including Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie, of England, Queen Sofia of Spain, Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, as well as the Crown Princess’ siblings, Princess Madeleine and Prince Carl Phillip of Sweden.
Not in attendance were Prince William and his long-time girlfriend Kate Middleton, but the love story of Princess Victoria and Daniel is surely one that will eradicate any doubts about making their own romance official.
Daniel and Victoria dated for over 8 years before tying the knot, and overcame a lot of opposition, both from Swedish royal circles as well as Victoria’s father, King Carl XVI Gustaf, who was vehemently opposed to the princess dating a commoner, especially one with such a scruffy look and a rural accent. However, when it became clear that Princess Victoria was in love and was not going to marry anyone else, Daniel underwent a makeover, complete with haircut and private tutoring to help him become fluent in three other languages and more knowledgeable about Swedish royal history. Creating A Gender-Neutral Fairy Tale For My Family
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After the ceremony, commoner Daniel became HRH Prince Daniel, Duke of Vastergotland. Just call him a modern day Cinderfella.
Photo Credit: The Telegraph