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The world shared the four-day celebration "Sweden's four-day Royal Wedding celebration reached its peak Saturday when Crown Princess Victoria married commoner Daniel Westling at Stockholm Cathedral", reported CNN and continued: "The couple emerged from Stockholm Cathedral to a gantlet of crossed swords. They stepped into a horse-drawn carriage and rode through town to the cheers of thousands of people lining the streets."

Some 2.300 journalists, 700 of them from abroad, reported on the June 19th Royal Wedding and the preceding days of celebrations. Sweden got a seldom seen amount of worldwide publicity and e-focus has taken a look at some of the images the world now has shared from the four-day Royal Wedding celebration.

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Celebration day 1 – Wednesday June 16th Stockholm got a first visual and audible sign of celebrations already on Monday June 14th as the East Indiaman Götheborg arrived and fired a salute.

The ship is well-known to many SCCE members as she visited Tallinn in the summer of 2008 and SCCE, in cooperation with the Swedish Embassy, arranged an onboard lunch and a tour of the ship.

Hosted by Sweden's 21 county governors, the ship was the venue for a dinner with Crown Princess Victoria, Daniel Westling and the Royal Family as guests of honor on Wednesday June 16th.

Head chef for the dinner was Leif Mannerström, also well known to several SCCE members following the Swedish Food Days arranged in Tallinn by the Swedish Trade Council a couple of years ago.

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Celebration day 2 – Thursday June 17th This evening King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia invited to a private dinner at their home, Drottningholms Slott just outside Stockholm.

Private meant private and no journalists or photographers were invited.

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Celebration day 3 – Friday June 18th Following a private lunch hosted by King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia at Sturehofs Slott, the day before the wedding continued with a row of celebration events.

The Swedish Government hosted a reception and a dinner in the Eric Ericson-hall on Skeppsholmen in Stockholm.

And the day's grand finale was a concert at the Stockholm Concert Hall, hosted by Riksdagen – the Swedish Parliament.

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The bridegroom's parents Mr. Olle Westling and Mrs. Ewa Westling
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Prince Henrik and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark
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Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark
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Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway
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Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and Mr. Ari Behn
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Ms. Charlene Wittstock and Prince Albert II of Monaco
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The bride's sister and brother, Princess Madeleine and Prince Carl Philip of Sweden
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Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands
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The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg
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Sweden's Minister for Enterprise and Energy, Deputy Prime Minister Maud Olofsson and Mr. Rolf Olofsson
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Mrs. Susanna Borg and Sweden's Minister for Finance Anders Borg
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Mrs. Anna Maria Corazza Bildt and Sweden's Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt
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Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, Crown Princess Victoria, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Mr. Daniel Westling
At the concert hosted by Riksdagen - the Swedish Parliament: img
Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling
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Queen Silvia, King Carl XVI Gustaf, Princess Madeleine and Prince Carl-Philip
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A long row of Swedish and international artists entertained at the concert. Among them Roxette - Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle, their first performance on a Swedish stage since 2001.
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The grand finale of the concert; All artists on stage, a huge children choir from Adolf Fredriks Music School in Stockholm with a boy and a girl singing solo for Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling and bringing them up on the stage.
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Day 4, the wedding day – Saturday June 19th "I morr'n är det bröllopskalas" (Tomorrow it's wedding party) sang the children choir and the artists as a grand finale of Friday's concert. And a party it became.

Around 1.200 guests attended the Royal Wedding Ceremony in Stockholm Cathedral. More than a quarter of a million people were out on Stockholm's streets to get a glimpse of the cortège. And the party, following the wedding dinner, lasted until early Sunday morning.

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From left to right in the forward row: Finland's President Tarja Halonen, Queen Sonja and King Harald V of Norway, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Mrs. Ewa Westling and Mr. Olle Westling, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, Queen Silvia and King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik of Denmark, and Queen Sofia of Spain.
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Haga Slott
Crown Princess Victoria's and Prince Daniel's new home will be Haga Slott, just outside Stockholm.

It is the same estate where her father, King Carl XVI Gustaf was born and spent his first years together with his sisters, Princesses Margaretha, Birgitta, Désirée and Christina, and his mother Princess Sibylla. The king's father, Prince Gustaf Adolf, died in an airplane crash at Copenhagen Airport in 1947.




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At Haga Slott 1948: Princesses Désirée, Birgitta, Margaretha and Christina with their two year old brother Prince Carl Gustaf.
Sweden has a Constitutional Monarchy and the Act from 1974 says; "The King as Head of State is the country's foremost representative and symbol. The King's duties are primarily ceremonial and representative".

These duties are to be fulfilled by the entire Swedish Royal family, now also including its newest member – Prince Daniel.




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Northern Afghanistan 2009: Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling visiting the Swedish-Finnish Provincial Reconstruction Team in Mazar-i-Sharif.
According to the Swedish Royal Court, the first official presence of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel after their marriage, will take place August 21st as the 200 years jubilee of the election of Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte as heir to the Swedish throne is celebrated in Örebro, Sweden.

- Extra reading: The Royal Wedding was celebrated in Tallinn
- Extra reading: Sweden's journey to Constitutional Monarchy

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