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Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland


Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland

Prince Daniel
Duke of Västergötland
The Duke in May 2013
Spouse Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden
Issue Princess Estelle, Duchess of Östergötland
Full name
Olof Daniel Westling Bernadotte[1]
House House of Bernadotte
Father Olle Westling
Mother Ewa Westring
Born (1973-09-15) 15 September 1973
Örebro, Sweden
Religion Church of Sweden
Swedish Royal Family

HM The King
HM The Queen

HRH Princess Birgitta

Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland (born Olof Daniel Westling on 15 September 1973), is the husband of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden. Prior to his marriage to the heir apparent, Daniel was a personal trainer and gym owner and ran a company called Balance Training with three gyms in central Stockholm.[2] His full name is Olof Daniel Westling Bernadotte as registered with the Swedish Tax Authority's national census.

Early life

Daniel was born to Olle and Ewa Westling (born Ewa Westring) in Örebro, on the day Carl XVI Gustaf ascended the throne. His family lived in the Brickebacken area, and he grew up in Ockelbo. He has a sister, Anna Westling Söderström (formerly Anna Westling Blom,[3] born Anna Westling).[4][5] After completing his education, he briefly served, as part of national conscription, in the Swedish Army at Hälsinge regemente in Gävle.[4] In 2001, he met the Crown Princess when he became her personal trainer.

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


Daniel with his wife and daughter arriving at the wedding of his sister-in-law Madeleine, 2013.

On 24 February 2009, Westling and the Crown Princess received official permission to become engaged from King Carl XVI Gustaf and the Government of Sweden.[7] Such permission is necessary according to the terms of the Swedish Act of Succession.

Westling suffered from a donor. The operation was a success. Victoria could not be present when the operation took place because she was performing royal duties in Greenland.

The wedding took place in Stockholm Cathedral on 19 June 2010, the 34th anniversary of her parents' wedding. After the wedding, the Duke and Duchess of Västergötland moved into the Haga Palace.


On 17 August 2011, the Swedish royal court announced that Prince Daniel and Crown Princess Victoria were expecting their first child in March 2012.[8] She gave birth to a girl on 23 February 2012,[9] Princess Estelle, Duchess of Östergötland.

Style and titles

Sweden has practised 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 female heir 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 Håkon 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 style "Royal Highness" during his tenure as consort, a style granted to him by the estates.[10] 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",[7] 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].

As was 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.


In November 2009 it was reported[11] 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.

Westling's 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

Titles, styles, honours and arms

Prince Daniel's coat of arms
Royal monogram

Prince Daniel and his wife also have a joint monogram of their initials used for special events.[12]

Titles and styles

Since his marriage on 19 June 2010, Daniel has been styled as "His Royal Highness Prince Daniel of Sweden, Duke of Västergötland". In his birth register, he added the surname Bernadotte to his name to acknowledge his marriage to the Crown Princess. His legal name is Olof Daniel Westling Bernadotte.[13] and when referring to both him and his wife, they are called the Crown Princess Couple.[14]


See also List of honours of the Swedish Royal Family by country

Swedish honours

Foreign honours


In connection with his engagement to Victoria, the Swedish National Archives published an account of Westling's ancestors, most of whom were farmers in the province of Hälsingland. His paternal grandfather Anders Andersson (1900–1980) adopted the surname of Westling from his mother.[21][22][23][24] In June 2010, genealogist Björn Engström published Daniel's ancestors as far back as to the 14th century, and showed that Daniel shares some ancestors in the region of Stora Kopparberget with noble families living today, among these Svinhufvud.



  1. ^ Swedish Tax Agency continually updated public census records available to anyone by telephone (as per name change there after wedding, when he adopted the name of his wife's royal house as a last name and kept his family name as a middle name, though neither is used when referring to him as prince)
  2. ^ interview (in Swedish) by Sveriges Television broadcast 19 June 2010
  3. ^ "Guests at the wedding". Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Sponberg, Udo (22 September 2009). "Daniel Westling" (in Swedish).  
  5. ^ Expressen (photo with king and queen) 2012-02-25 p 10
  6. ^ Kerpner, Joachim; Sjölund, Jill (20 June 2008). "Här är bevisen: Nu flyttar Daniel in på Drottningholm".  
  7. ^ a b "Engagement between Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling" (Press release).  
  8. ^ "Kronprinsessparet väntar barn / The Crown Princess Couple is expecting a child".  
  9. ^ "Kommuniké från Riksmarskalken - Sveriges Kungahus". Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  10. ^ "1255-1256 (Nordisk familjebok / Uggleupplagan. 8. Feiss - Fruktmögel)". Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  11. ^ Claes, Petersson (14 November 2009). "Tvingas att sluta jobba".  
  12. ^ "The Crown Princess Couple's monogram". Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  13. ^ "Biography". 
  14. ^ "The Crown Princess Couple". Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  15. ^ "Mr Daniel Westling will be knight of the order of the Seraphim after the wedding" (Press release) (in Swedish).  
  16. ^ 20 Minutes
  17. ^ Hello
  18. ^ Ruby Jubilee in Sweden
  19. ^ Bearers of decorations, President of the Republic of Estonia, Retrieved 19 January 2011.
  20. ^ Blog "Scandinavian Royals", Photo of Daniel and Carl-Philipp wearing the order
  21. ^ "Family tree". Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  22. ^ "Family tree". Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  23. ^ "Family tree". Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  24. ^ "Family tree". Retrieved 2012-11-25. 

External links

  • Video on YouTube, Announcement of Victoria and Daniel Westling's engagement, 24 February 2009.
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