First of all, we love that the Swedish royals are equal opportunity royals, making Daniel a prince when he married Victoria (the British Royals are on track to do the same thing with some significant changes to royal succession proposed). We also love that they are still seem so normal, down to earth, and just plain nice. Case in point: Prince Daniel (formerly known as Daniel Westling) is currently on his first official visit to the Unites States and he paid a visit to Miner Elementary School in Washington, DC on Wednesday, October 26th. While at the school a young student asked him how he became a prince. Daniel answered, “I was lucky enough to have met a princess. A cute, cute, and kind princess…now we are married, and then I became a prince.” Well there you go. Another student asked him what it was like to be a prince. Daniel’s response was, It’s nice to be a prince. I mean, I had an opportunity to meet you here today, so that’s really delicious.”
Ok, so are we all Team Daniel yet? Here is a picture of him in front of the Capitol:
To top it all off, Princess Victoria’s wedding dress is one of our Top Ten Royal Wedding Dresses, Prince Daniel pulled off what we believe to be the best speech from the groom ever at their wedding reception, and they are both keen royal wavers. So, yeah, what’s not to love about these two?
Victoria first met Daniel when he worked as her trainer back in 2002. When he proposed in February of 2009 in the gardens of Drottningholm Palace in Stockolm, he presented Victoria with a traditional solitaire. The diamond is a round brilliant cut and the band is white gold. Princess Victoria seems to be delighted with it here:
Here’s a closer look at the simple but beautiful ring:
When the couple announced their engagement on February 24, 2009, Princess Victoria said, “With Daniel at my side I feel secure. Now the time has come for us to begin building something together.” For her part, Victoria’s mother Queen Sylvia shared, “We welcome Daniel into our family with open arms. I view him as a man who is humble yet decisive, as well as judicious and wise. You are full of energy, considerate, and will make a wonderful husband for Victoria. We have full confidence in you and your choice, Victoria, and I will do everything to support you. A new chapter is now being written and I am very pleased.” Well if that’s not a ringing endorsement we don’t know what is!
Here is a sky news report on the couple’s engagement which also gives some background on the couple’s relationship
Victoria and Daniel recently announced they are expecting their first child. To end, here’s a photograph of the happy couple attending the Royal Swedish Opera in September of 2011: