The online edition of Dagbladet has an interesting article by Astrid Meland about which Swedish crown will be assigned to the future Prince Daniel. Since the death of the last crowned King of Sweden, Oscar II, in 1907, crowns are no longer worn, but displayed during ceremonies such as christenings, weddings and funerals. The crown assigned to Daniel Westling will therefore be placed on or next to the altar of Stockholm’s Cathedral during the wedding on 19 June, together with the crown princely crown.
There are four princely crowns kept in the Treasury in Stockholm and members of the staff speculate that Prince Wilhelm’s crown (made in 1902) may be assigned to Daniel Westling as it is the newest and thus less prestigious. Alternatively they suggest Prince Fredrik Adolf’s crown (made in 1772), but seem to think that the crowns made for Prince Carl (1772) and Prince Oscar (1844) are less likely as these two princes went on to become kings (as Carl XIII and Oscar II).
I am not sure if I follow the logic of this – Daniel Westling will indeed not become king, but he will become prince consort and thereby the first gentleman of the realm, which in my opinion would be a very good reason not to assign him the “least prestigious” crown. The “most prestigious” of the princely crowns would according to this thinking be Prince Carl’s, which was most recently used for the funeral of Prince Bertil in 1997.
The article also provides an interesting piece of news about the wedding itself. Nina Eldh, the head of the Swedish Royal Court’s information department, says that it will be “an afternoon wedding” followed by a cortege and a dinner. This is a departure from the wedding of the current King and Queen in 1976, which took place earlier in the day and was followed by a cortege and a lunch. In 1976 the dress code was morning coats or uniforms for men, long dresses and hats for women, but with an afternoon wedding and a dinner, the dress code will most likely be white tie or uniform for the gentlemen and long dresses and tiaras for the ladies.
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