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Prince Daniel
Duke of Västergötland

Full name
Olof Daniel Westling Bernadotte
Born 15 September 1973 (age 46)
Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden
Spouse Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden (m. 2010)
Issue
Princess Estelle, Duchess of Östergötland
Prince Oscar, Duke of Skåne
House Bernadotte (by marriage)
Father Olle Gunnar Westling
Mother Ewa Maria Westling
Religion Church of Sweden
Swedish Royal Family
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Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland (born Olof Daniel Westling on 15 September 1973), is the husband of Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, the eldest child and daughter of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden.

Early lifeEdit

Daniel was born in Örebro (on the day his future father-in-law became King of Sweden) while his parents lived in the Brickebacken area there, and grew up in Ockelbo. He is the son of Olle Gunnar and Anna Ewa Kristina Westling (née Westring). His family has Forest Finnish ancestry and his father is a leader in the Forest Finnish community.[1]

He has one sister, Anna (Mrs B Mikael) Söderström. She has two daughters.

He was christened at Almby Church in January 1974.

Education and WorkEdit

Prince Daniel attended Rabo Primary School and Perslunda School in Ockelbo, and later Hammar Upper Secondary School in Sandviken. He graduated from upper secondary school in 1991.

Prince Daniel spent many of his summers working, including at a home for the elderly in Ockelbo.

After graduating from upper secondary school, The Prince worked within elderly care in Ockelbo again while waiting to begin his military service. He carried out his military service at I14 in Gävle. 

When he had completed his military service, Prince Daniel worked for just over a year at a school and recreation centre for children with special needs. 

Prince Daniel moved to Stockholm in 1994 to study at the Lillsved Sports Folk High School. He studied the youth recreation leader programme here from 1994-1996, focusing on sport.

Prince Daniel worked for a fitness company while studying at folk high school. After completing his course he began working for the fitness company full-time. While working at the fitness company, The Prince also taught on a course for personal trainers and body building coaches.

Entrepreneurship Edit

Prince Daniel started his own company in 1997 and worked as a consultant in the fitness industry. He then went on to run his own gym, Master Training, together with his future brother-in-law. Master Training expanded and now has two gyms in central Stockholm. 

After having completed school, he briefly served, as part of national conscription, in the Swedish Army at Hälsinge regemente in Gävle.  

In 2006, he started the company Balance, a gym featuring a new concept, also situated in central Stockholm. The company now has approximately 100 employees. Together, the gyms have around 5,000 members.

In November 2009 it was reported[2] that Daniel Westling was to step down as CEO and member of the Board of Directors of the Balance company. He will still be an equity partner. It was expected that the same procedure would be followed with his involvements in other companies, before he became prince. His business positions: Balance – CEO and member of the Board of Directors (stepped down November 2009); Master Training – CEO and member of the Board of Directors; Brasil Development – member of the Board of Directors.

Studies Edit

During the spring term of 2011, Prince Daniel studied physiology, physical activity and health. He continued his studies in physiology in autumn 2011. He studied growth and physical development in children and young people in relation to physical activity and illness. 

As previously, his studies took the form of commissioned courses with teaching staff from Karolinska Institutet. During the autumn, he completed studies worth 7.5 higher education credits. 

In spring 2013, The Prince continued his studies with courses worth 7.5 higher education credits in geriatrics and pathology.

Personal lifeEdit

In 2001 he met the Crown Princess as he became her personal trainer. In May 2002, Swedish newspaper Expressenreported that Victoria had a new boyfriend. When the news broke and the media turned its attention on him, it was obvious that he did not like being in the public eye. Once Westling was photographed crossing a street against a red light in order to avoid a camera.[3] In July 2002, Victoria and Daniel Westling were pictured kissing for the first time at a birthday party for Caroline Kreuger, a close friend of Victoria's.[4]

In a popular personal report called Tre dagar med Victoria, which profiled her work during a three-day period that aired on TV4 in December 2004, Victoria commented on criticism directed at Westling, “Many unfair things are written. I understand that there is speculation, but some day justice will be done there, too.” Victoria also gave her opinion that happiness is important, and that these days it is not so much about background and pedigree but about two people who have to live with each other. She said that if they are not happy and comfortable with each other, it is impossible to do a good job.[5]

On 1 July 2008, he moved to a one-bedroom rental apartment in the Pagebyggnaden building in an area of Drottningholm Palace. The move was confirmed by the Royal Court.[6]

Engagement Edit

Main article: Engagement of Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, and Daniel Westling

On 24 February 2009, rumors that wedding plans were imminent became particularly intense preceding an information council between the King and Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt. Under the terms of the Swedish Act of Succession, the Government, upon the request of the King, gives the final consent for a dynastic marriage of a Prince or Princess of Sweden. The prince or princess otherwise loses their right to the throne. Later that day, it was confirmed that permission had been granted and that Victoria would marry Daniel Westling in the summer of 2010.[7] The wedding date was set in Stockholm Cathedral for 19 June 2010, the 34th anniversary of Victoria's parents' marriage.

Westling suffered from a congenital (but not hereditary) ailment causing impaired renal function. Three months after his engagement, on 28 May 2009, Westling underwent a kidney transplant at Karolinska University Hospital. His father was the donor. The operation was a success. Victoria could not be present when the operation took place because she was performing royal duties in Greenland.

Marriage Edit

Main article: Wedding of Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, and Daniel Westling

The wedding took place on 19 June 2010. More than 1200 guests including royalty and ambassadors from various countries were invited to the wedding ceremony which took place at Stockholm Cathedral. After the wedding the newlyweds were driven through Stockholm in a coach and then rowed in the antique royal barge Vasaorden to the royal palace where the wedding banquet was held. On the evening before the wedding, there was a gala concert dedicated to the couple in the Stockholm Concert Hall.

After their wedding on 19 June 2010, the Duke and Duchess of Västergötland moved in to Haga Palace. On 26 September 2010, Daniel went on his first tour with Victoria, visiting France in connection with the Bernadotte anniversary.

Children Edit

On 17 August 2011, the Swedish royal court announced that Crown Princess Victoria was pregnant and expecting the couple's first child in March 2012.[8] On 23 February 2012 at 04:26 CET, Victoria gave birth to her daughter, Princess Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary, Duchess of Östergötland,[9] at Karolinska University Hospital.[10] Princess Estelle is second-in-line to the Swedish throne.

On 4 September 2015, the royal court announced that Crown Princess Victoria was expecting her second child in March 2016.[11] On 2 March 2016 at 20:28 CET, Crown Princess Victoria gave birth to her son, Prince Oscar Carl Olof, Duke of Skåne,[12] at Karolinska University Hospital.[13] Prince Oscar is third in line to the Swedish throne.

Groundbreaking titlesEdit

Sweden has practiced absolute primogeniture by law only since 1980 (SFS 1979:932, passing the law in 1979, which came into constitutional force in 1980). This means that Victoria is the first heiress apparent, and questions arose as to how Daniel Westling would be known after their marriage.

When Carl XVI Gustaf married Silvia Sommerlath in 1976, he discontinued the established norm that Swedish princes must marry royalty to be eligible to inherit the throne. But men, royal or not, had only twice before, in the 13th and 17th centuries, obtained new title or rank as the spouse of a Swedish princess, and even three queens regnant left no clear precedent. Margaret (reigned 1388–1412) was the widow of Haakon VI of Norway and Christina (reigned 1632–1654) was unmarried. The most recent Ulrika Eleonora (reigned 1718–1720) was already married during her tenure as queen regnant: her husband, Frederick, was given the title "Royal Highness" during his tenure as consort, a title granted to him by the estates. Ulrika Eleonora later abdicated so her consort Frederick—who was born a prince of Hesse-Kassel—could be king. In Daniel's case, the Swedes were treading on new ground.

The Swedish Royal Court announced that Westling would become "Prince Daniel" and "Duke of Västergötland", corresponding in form to the style used by previous Swedish princes, including Victoria's younger brother, Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland, i.e. Prince + Given name + Duke of [Place]. Prince Daniel's getting his wife's ducal title jure uxoris was something new for a royal male consort in Sweden.

As further announced in May 2010, on his wedding day Westling was made a Prince of Sweden and was granted the style Royal Highness, making him an official member of the Swedish Royal Family and on a par with other senior members of the Royal Family, such as Prince Carl Philip, Princess Madeleine and Princess Lilian. At Stockholm Cathedral, he was also then made a knight of the Royal Order of the Seraphim and already wore its badge and ribbon upon emerging after the ceremony.

Role while fiancé of the Crown PrincessEdit

After they got engaged, the prince (then still Daniel Westling) accompanied Victoria on a few official occasions:

  • March 2009 Crown Princess Victoria's name day celebration
  • March 2009 Official dinner at the Royal Palace of Stockholm
  • April 2009 Reception for Crown Princess and Mr. Daniel Westling
  • July 2009 Crown Princess's birthday celebration
  • July 2009 Lunch at Solliden for the President of South Korea
  • March 2010 Crown Princess Victoria's name day celebration
  • April 2010 King Carl XVI Gustaf's birthday celebrations

BusinessesEdit

Before Daniel's engagement to Crown Princess Victoria, Daniel was a equal partner and co CEO's of Balance and Master training with Victoria's brother Prince Carl Fredrik. In November 2009 it was reported that Daniel Westling was to step down as CEO and member of the Board of Directors of the Balance company. He will still be an equity partner. It was expected that the same procedure would be followed with his involvements in other companies, before he became a Prince.

Westling's business positions are:

Balance – CEO and member of the Board of Directors (stepped down November 2009)
Master Training – CEO and member of the Board of Directors
Brasil Development – member of the Board of Directors

Titles, styles, and honoursEdit

Titles and stylesEdit

  • 15 September 1973 – 19 June 2010: Mr Olof Daniel Westling
  • 19 June 2010 – present: His Royal Highness Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland

Daniel's style and title in full: His Royal Highness Prince Daniel of Sweden, Duke of Västergötland

HonoursEdit

  • Sweden: Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Order of the Seraphim (LoK av KMO)
  • Sweden: Knight Commander of the Royal Order of the Polar Star (KNO2kl)
  • Sweden: Recipient of the Ruby Jubilee Medal of King Carl XVI Gustaf
  • Sweden: Recipient of the 70th Birthday Badge Medal of King Carl XVI Gustaf

Foreign honours Edit

  • Chile: Grand Cross of the Order of Bernardo O'Higgins
  • Estonia: Grand Cross of the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana
  • Finland: Grand Cross of the Order of the White Rose of Finland
  • Tunisia: Grand Officer of the Order of Merit

References Edit

  1. Olle Westling är stolt över sina skogsfinska rötter. SVT Nyheter. 17 October 2016
  2. Tvingas att sluta jobbaAftonbladet (in Swedish). 14 November 2009
  3. Victorias hemliga möte med Daniel. Aftonbladet
  4. Första bilden på kärleksparet. Aftonbladet
  5. Hon försvarar sin drömprins. Aftonbladet
  6. Här är bevisen: Nu flyttar Daniel in på Drottningholm. Aftonbladet (in Swedish). 20 June 2008
  7. Engagement between Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling. Royal Court of Sweden
  8. The Crown Princess Couple is expecting a child. Royal Court of Sweden
  9. Prinsessan Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary, Hertiginna av Östergötland. Royal Court of Sweden
  10. Kommuniké från Riksmarskalken. Royal Court of Sweden
  11. Kronprinsessparet väntar barn. Royal Court of Sweden
  12. H.K.H. Prins Oscar Carl Olof, hertig av Skåne. Royal Court of Sweden
  13. Kommuniké från Riksmarskalken. Royal Court of Sweden

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