In the last ten years, royal aficionados and bridal fashionistas have been treated to the spectacle of royal weddings as Europe’s royal families have welcomed new members to their senior ranks. There has been much comment on Catherine Middleton’s commoner roots, but a cursory look at the family trees of today’s royals on the European continent shows that the last decade has seen a proliferation of commoners marrying royalty. Here are the major royal weddings of the last decade where the heir of a reigning European monarch married a commoner.
RECENT MAJOR EUROPEAN ROYAL WEDDINGS
ROYAL WEDDING NUMBER FIVE: SWEDEN
(2010) CROWN PRINCESS VICTORIA OF SWEDEN AND DANIEL WESTLING
The most recent lavish royal wedding took place on June 19, 2010 when Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria married Daniel Westling at the Storkyrkan (Great Church) in Stockholm. In an unusual twist, the commoner Daniel had been the princess’s personal trainer. Upon his marriage, Daniel became Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland. For her wedding, Crown Princess Victoria wore a simple but elegantly cut gown in duchess satin with short sleeves and a rounded neckline. The gown complemented the bride’s elaborate cameo tiara that had also been worn by her mother, Queen Silvia, when she married King Carl XVI Gustaf thirty-four years to the day of Victoria’s nuptials.