Friday, 30 April 2010

Guests invited for the Swedish royal wedding

Both Aftonbladet and Expressen today reveal who have been invited to the concert which will take place in the Concert House in Stockholm on 18 June, the night before Crown Princess Victoria will marry Daniel Westling. At least Johan T. Lindwall of Expressen seems to be under the impression that this is the list of those who will be present, but it should be stressed that the list shows who are invited in the first place and that not all of them will necessarily attend.

The Swedish royal family: The King and Queen, the Crown Princess and Daniel Westling, Prince Carl Philip, and Princess Madeleine and Jonas Bergström (the latter has yet to be removed from the list as the invitations were sent out before the engagement was broken off). Princess Lilian is as expected not on the list, but all the King’s sisters with their families: Princess Margaretha, her daughter Sybilla von Dincklage and granddaughter Madeleine von Dincklage (which may be an indication that the latter will perhaps be a bridesmaid), her sons James and Edward with their wives Ursula and Helen; Princess Birgitta and Prince Johann Georg of Hohenzollern, Prince Carl Christian and Princess Nicole of Hohenzollern, Désirée and Eckbert von Bohlen und Halbach, and Prince Hubertus and Princess Ute Maria of Hohenzollern; Princess Désirée and Baron Niclas Silfverschiöld, their son Carl with his wife Maria and their daughters Christina and Hélene, the first with her husband Baron Hans De Geer; and Princess Christina and Tord Magnuson with their three sons Gustaf, Oscar and Victor with their girlfriends Nathalie Ellis, Emma Ledent and Frida Bergström. Also on the list are the King’s uncle and aunt, Count Carl Johan and Countess Gunnila Bernadotte af Wisborg. I guess other junior Bernadottes may also be invited to the actual wedding, among them Countess Marianne Bernadotte af Wisborg, who counts as a member of the royal family, and some relatives from Mainau.

Nordic royals and heads of state: The Queen and Prince Consort of Denmark, the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Denmark, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie of Denmark, Princess Benedikte of Denmark and Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, the King and Queen of Norway, the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Norway, Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and Ari Behn, President Tarja Halonen of Finland and her husband Pentti Arajärvi, and President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson of Iceland and his wife Dorrit Moussaieff.

Other reigning European royal houses: The King and Queen of the Belgians, Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium, Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Prince Laurent and Princess Claire of Belgium, the Queen of the Netherlands, Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, Prince Friso and Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau, the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, the Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Prince Félix of Luxembourg, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William of Britain, Prince Henry of Britain, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the King and Queen of Spain, the Prince and Princess of Asturias, Princess Elena of Spain, Princess Cristina of Spain and Iñaki Urdangarín, the Sovereign Prince of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock, and the Hereditary Prince and Princess of Liechtenstein.

Non-European royal houses: The Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Japan, Princess Takamado of Japan, Crown Princess Sirindhorn of Thailand, the King and Queen of Jordan, Prince Ali and Princess Rym of Jordan, Prince Hassan and Princess Sarvath of Jordan, Prince Rashid of Jordan, Prince Hamzah and Princess Noor of Jordan, and Prince Hashim and Princess Fahdah of Jordan.

Non-reigning royal families: The ex-King and ex-Queen of the Hellenes, ex-Crown Prince Pavlós of Greece and his wife Marie-Chantal, Princess Alexia of Greece and Carlos Morales, Prince Nikolaós of Greece and his fiancée Tatiana Blatnik, Princess Theodora of Greece, Prince Philippos of Greece, the ex-King of the Bulgarians and his wife Margarita, Prince Kyril and Princess Rosario of Bulgaria, the ex-Crown Prince of Serbia and his wife Katerina, Princess Margarita and Prince Radu of Romania, Prince Manuel and Princess Anna of Bavaria, Prince Gustav of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Carina Axelsson, Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Count Jefferson-Friedrich von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth, Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Alexander Johannsmann, and Hereditary Prince Hubertus and Princess Kelly of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

The rest of the list consists of officials, politicians, friends, courtiers, former prime ministers etc., but also some relatives of the bride and groom: Carlos Augusto de Toledo Ferreira, Philip de Toledo Sommerlath, Ralf de Toledo Sommerlath, Susanne de Toledo Sommerlath, Thomas de Toledo Sommerlath, Tim de Toledo Sommerlath, Achim Middelschulte, Carmita Sommerlath Baudinet, Giulia Sommerlath, Helena Sommerlath, Patrick Sommerlath, Vivien Sommerlath, Walther L. Sommerlath, Anna Westling Blom, Andreas Westling, Bo Westling, Erik Westling, Frida Westling, Nils Westling, Olle Westling, Ove Westling, Per Westling, Sara Westling, Fernando de Arruda Botelho and Rosana Botelho, Elisa Botelho, Alexandre F. de Abreu Pereira and Daniela de Botelho Abreu Pereira (I believe the latter five might be Brazilian relatives of Queen Silvia’s).


  1. Is this list final? Even though both The Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Japan are invited, does it mean they will surely attend?

    If you can ever write more concrete information regarding who will attend, more than who are invited.

    I will check your blog sooner.


    Yuki from Japan

  2. No, as I wrote at the beginning of this post the newspapers present this as the guest list, but it is in fact the list of those invited, meaning that we cannot know if all of them will attend. The invitations were sent out just a couple of weeks ago and it is not expected that we will know who will in fact attend until shortly before the date of the wedding (19 June).

  3. Thanks for your prompt reply.
    Since we thought that the due date to respond to invitation was the end of April, your posting date simply confused us a bit(Well, I should have noticed when you mentioned "the invitations were sent out before....". Now, it is all understood. Thank you very much.


  4. Thanks for your prompt reply.
    Since we thought that the due date to respond to invitation was the end of April, your posting date simply confused us a bit(Well, I should have noticed when you mentioned "the invitations were sent out before....". Now, it is all understood. Thank you very much.



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