Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Happy Birthday Your Royal Highness

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Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria, Duchess of Västergötland, today turns 33.

Currently the only female heir apparent in the world, the laws of Sweden had to be changed in order that she might someday be Queen; the country's Ståndsriksdagen amended its 1810 Successionsordningen* in 1980, making her heir apparent to the detriment of her younger brother Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland. No less a personage than Victoria's father, King Carl XVI Gustaf, was said to oppose the change, mainly because it occurred after his son's birth rather than before. The King's position on the matter was at the time the subject of some comment in the Swedish press.

The great-great-great granddaughter of a certain other Queen Victoria, unlike her namesake predecessor the world's next Queen Victoria is a jet-setting fashion plate who overcame anorexia while simplifying a once complicated love life...  In June 2010 Her Royal Highness married Daniel Westling**, a fitness entrepreneur to whom she has been romantically linked since 2002; following their honeymoon the royal newlyweds will make their home at Haga Palace.

*Act of Succession, duh!
**Westling became Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland, upon his marriage.

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