Crown Princess Victoria (who wasn't actually Crown Princess to begin with, but was made heir apparent in 1980 after a change in Swedish succession law the previous year established absolute primogeniture) and Daniel Westling, a one-time personal trainer and gym owner, got engaged on 24 February 2009. Victoria received a white gold engagement ring set with a single brilliant-cut solitarie, reportedly by court jeweller W.A. Bolin:
The wedding took place on 19 June 2010 (the 34th wedding anniversary of Victoria's parents), in Stockholm Cathedral, in front of more than 1,000 invited guests.
On 18 June, the Parliament of Sweden honoured the couple with a gala performance at Stockholm Concert Hall. The dress Victoria wore to the concert was also part of the display; it's a long asymmetric dress in nude lace by Lebanese designer Elie Saab, embroidered with sequins and pearls and with a short train of gathered silk chiffon. Victoria accessorized with some major bling, in the form of a pair of statement earrings (actually a pair of diamond epaulettes - shoulder elements from a dress military uniform - that were converted into a pair of earrings) and the Bernadotte family's diamond arrow brooch:
For the big day itself, Victoria turned to a Swedish designer, Pär Engsheden, who created a wedding dress of pearl-white, double-faced duchesse satin, with a 15-ft train. Like her mother Queen Silvia, Victoria wore her grandmother's lace veil (if you missed my previous post, you can read more about it here) and the Cameo tiara, although she also added the matching bracelet and earrings:
Victoria wore a pair of white silk satin court shoes by Roger Vivier, featuring the designer's trademark diamanté clasp, and a matching clutch bag, both also on display alongside a dried sprig of myrtle from the wedding bouquet:
The bouquet, made by Royal Court's florist Claes Carlsson, comprised lilies of the valley, roses, phalaenopsis, peonies, clematis, cosmos, stephanotis, sweet peas, malva, Amazon lilies, gardenia, azalea, bleeding heart and dicentra formosa (that's quite a lot of blooms in one bouquet, isn't it?):
The bridesmaids' dresses were also by Pär Engsheden, made of pearl-white silk organza with short sleeves and a roll collar. The bridesmaids wore white patent leather ballet pumps and carried bouquets of lilies of the valley, while the page boys, among them an adorable Prince Christian of Denmark, wore traditional sailor suits:
The wedding reception was held in the Hall of State at the Royal Palace, the same room where the wedding dresses exhibition is taking place, followed by dancing in the White Sea ballroom:
There's still two more fabulous wedding dresses to discuss, so keep an eye on this page!