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Yennie 10-02-2003 04:59 PM

Daniel's Future: Discussion (his role, title, orders, pressure etc.)
I think heīs a really nice guyīand Victoria seems very happy with him..
But I wonder if he will be able to handle living in the spotlight... I meen, Victoria is used to it but for a "normal" guy it must be very strange and uncomfortable.

hrhcp 10-06-2003 01:40 PM

Victoria & Daniel; Public Pressure
Is Victoria used to living in the spotlight? I doubt it.

I wonder what concessions she got from two events of her's in the past?
1.) she had anoxeria - was that a media thing that caused that?
2.) She was absent from Sweden for a few years a couple of years back? I read that as a privacy move.

In one way, Victoria has the whole organ of state to shield her. Poor D is all on his own, until he pops the question.

All this media glare would naturally not be an issue if all the readers of (for instance this) MB's would have NO interest what-so-ever in things royal !!!! Makes me wonder if there were royalty hounds before modern times ???


Lena 10-06-2003 02:41 PM

Yes, we from LTR are guilty that she became anorexic and that she had to move to the USA...and now letīs hide in a deep burrow and/ or pray for forgiveness :P
Seriously I donīt think that it was just the media which caused her eating disorder (although Iīve to admit that headlines like "Why are so fat, Victoria" are more than insulting), there are more reasons than just that.
I think gossip has been an issue in all many epochs the kingdoms/dukedoms were far more little than the exchange of informations/gossip about your monarch worked just through mouth-to-ear-to-mouth-dissemination...I think one reason why people are talking about higher-ranked people is, that it makes the gap between them and themselves less shows them that they are normal people like them. Another reason could be that gossip distracts from your own "meager reality" ;) ....but yes through internet, through the high editions of tabloids, through modern camera-technique the problem has got new dimensions.
And yes, poor Daniel needs some help...but then it has to be sure, that they marry :wacko:

Yennie 10-06-2003 06:30 PM


Is Victoria used to it? I doubt it
ofcourse she is! She has lived with the media attention all her life. Iīm not saying she enjoys it or anything but Iīm sure she can handle it way better that Daniel, who is new to all this.

btw, cute pictures! Thanks for posting Josefine. And youīre right Lena, Victoria and Daniel looks more "close" than ever before

Alexandria 10-06-2003 08:06 PM


Originally posted by Lena@Oct 6th, 2003 - 1:41 pm
Seriously I donīt think that it was just the media which caused her eating disorder (although Iīve to admit that headlines like "Why are so fat, Victoria" are more than insulting), there are more reasons than just that.
I don't mean to be opening a hornet's nest, but having watched a good friend suffer through anorexia for the past 10 years and now watching her finally get the treatment she needs, I can tell you with experience that anorexia isn't about physically being fat and overweight and unhappy with your physical appearance. Anorexia is about a control factor - if you can't control other aspects of your life, whether it be family life, work life, emotions, etc. - you "resort" to controlling what you physically consume (food). Of course, there are other psychological issues involved, such as feeling like your life is spinning out of control and other factors.

And I don't doubt that repeatedly having to read newspapers or magazines or watching television shows that call you fat, or seeing pictures of yourselves where the angle isn't right or unfairly adds a shadow to your figure that really isn't there, can definitely cause suffering to your self-esteem, anorexia isn't a problem physically, it's a problem psychologically. Not eating is merely the manifestation or a means of controlling whatever else you may not be able to control.

hrhcp 10-06-2003 09:04 PM


Yennie  Posted: Oct 6th, 2003 - 5:30 pm


Is Victoria used to it? I doubt it

ofcourse she is! She has lived with the media attention all her life. Iīm not saying she enjoys it or anything but Iīm sure she can handle it way better that Daniel, who is new to all this.

I dispute your point of view, Yennie .. from the point of view, that if I were to put myself in 'her' (or her brother's) place .... I don't think I would ever enjoy parading through life with the knowledge that some unrequested camera is catching glimpses of me unawares. But then, again, maybe we are 'seeing' her habit from two points of view ?????

Alexandria 10-06-2003 09:20 PM

Victoria might be "used to" the constant presence of cameras and reporters, but has she been able to accept their incessant presence in her life? I think not. I don't think anyone could ever be immune to that kind of and that much unwanted and unsolicited attention and scrutiny.

I absolutely feel for Daniel who has never known this level of constant scrutiny over every little aspect of your life. I think what Yennie means when she says that Victoria is probably used to it because she's lived with it all her life, to me, simply means that she's had more time to deal with it. She's grown up with cameras following her every move and so part of her growing pains have included adapting to cameras as an undeniable part of her life whether she likes it or not. But here is poor Daniel who has been thrust into the limelight, sink or swim!

Yennie 10-07-2003 06:39 AM


But then, again, maybe we are 'seeing' her habit from two points of view ?????
I think you misunderstood what I meant. I dont think she enjoys the media attention, or love it or anything like that.
But she is used to it, like "lived with the mediaattention ell her life and know how it works". She isnt new with all this like Daniel and knows better than Daniel, from expreience, how to handle it.
But Iīm sure they both hate it when the paparazzis sneak(sp?) up on them!

Victoria said herself in the Tv 3 "paparazzidocumentary" that "its ok if someone takes a picture, as long as they are asking first".

hrhcp 10-26-2003 03:40 PM

Victoria & Daniel; Public Pressure

Yennie  Posted: Oct 26th, 2003 - 12:22 pm

The article says that Daniel is sick of the attention and that he is feeling bad and sad about the whole thing. Now he and Victoria have left the country to be able to "get away" for awhile.

Thanks Yennie, for the thumbnail summary.

... I would feel cranky too .... (getting to learn) living in a fishbowl ......


Josefine  Posted: Oct 26th, 2003 - 1:15 pm

Do you think this is the end of their Relationship?

I hope you're not kidding me. imo they're a pair.

hrhcp 10-26-2003 03:47 PM


Lena  Posted: Oct 26th, 2003 - 1:17 pm maybe they donīt make a relationship-repair-journey, but an engagement-journey and Daniel kneels down at the beach and asks Victoria to become his wife

I am inclined to think that Victoria is a tower of strength. And she knows that a man of the people is (will be) more in tune with the common touch, because if this wasn't so, she'd be running after some educated dude. Strange considering .....

Besides .... its always (been) like that, the women of every species makes the decision who their mate will be. Poor Daniel ......or lucky Daniel .... ?

Lena 10-26-2003 10:17 PM

Yes, it doesnīt seem that easy for Victoria. Additionally sheīs also such a nice down to earth person, which makes it probably not easier to find a guy, who doesnīt take advantage of her, and is as down to earth like her, but doesnīt fear the limelight. I guess princess Madeleineīs boyfriends would have less problems to cope with the situation, because she searches for more self-confident persons and which are out of her class. Even though Victoria became more self-confident in recent years and is happier with her role, I still notice indications, that she just wants to live a "normal" life, and itīs the same with Daniel (who lived of course always a normal life).
But there are 3 reigning Queens in Europe, which found prince consorts. Maybe a little bit opinionated husbands (prince Henrik and Philip)...the only thing which IMO didnīt work was-in spite of their deep love- the relationship between Queen Beatrix and prince Claus. He had always problems with his situation. I hope Daniel W. isnīt a second Claus....then it would be better, that they break up!
Talking about a third Daniel...the first which comes to my mind is Daniel Nyhlen, Aftonbladet-reporter ;) ...the problem with the press would disappear and Iīve watched a documentary on Victoria, in which she rebuked Daniel-which stand in a pack of journalists-quite harsh with the words "Daniel, be quiet!" she could at least have an obedient husband ;)

Fireweaver 10-26-2003 10:20 PM

which daniel did she rebuke? 1, 2, or the reporter?

Lena 10-26-2003 10:26 PM

1 Attachment(s)
The reporter! Just imagine Daniel Westling would have to hear such words/phrases out of the mouth of his girlfriend every day ;) (Then in Danielīs place I wouldnīt bother about the press, but about my girlfriend)

Iīve found a picture of the reporter. In this picture he looks very nice (honestly there are more pics of him, where he looks slimy...but I took this picture, because I have to "sell" him as prince consort for you ;) )

Daniel III?

Fireweaver 10-26-2003 10:36 PM

he's rather attractive. A good choice for Daniel III :)

moosey60 10-26-2003 10:40 PM

LOL. Daniel III, followed by a whole string of Daniels until she arrives at Danny boy XVI to match her father's XVI title. LMAO. Oh that's rich...hahaha, wow, does she really love the name Daniel or is it just a coincidence? I guess we'll know if she has another boyfriend by the name of Daniel. However, I don't want her to break up with Danny II, she really likes him...:(

moosey60 10-26-2003 10:43 PM


Originally posted by King Christian@Oct 26th, 2003 - 9:09 pm

moosey60*  Posted: Oct 26th, 2003 - 8:36 pm

The article basically says:

Moosey, can you fill me in how you effected the translation
- is there swedish flowing in your veins ?

Ummmm...I'm not quite sure I understand. Are you suggesting that it was a bad translation? Well, I don't think it was too horrible considering it's been 4 years since I've lived in Sweden. I lived in Sweden when I was 8-11...yep, super great. Sweden is a great place to live- especially if you live in Stockholm or another big city with lots of friendly Swedish folk. Super great fun-fun. Nope, I'm not Swedish. I just know how to read and speak Swedish fluently-ish but I am forgetting...I'm gettin' old...:( Wow...

Lena 10-26-2003 11:01 PM

I think k. Christian was rather suprised, because he hasnīt thought that you can swedish. But maybe he should answer that. IMO it is a great translation!

According to "namnarkivet" there are currently 76369 Danielīs who live in Sweden. And of course there are millions of Daniels in the world (Daniel Radcliffe, Danny de vito, Daniel Johns...and of course Jack Danielīs :P ;) ) Finding a "new" Daniel wouldnīt be that difficult.

Lena 04-15-2004 06:57 PM

An article, published in the german newspaper "Hamburger Abendblatt", which I have translated (well Iīve tried it wink.gif ) far nothing new, but another "style of writing"...

Princess Victoriaīs embarrassing love

Indignation in Sweden. Is it allowed, that a successor to the throne makes advertisment for her boyfriend?

of Ingrid Raagaard

Stockholm-When crown princess Victoria (26) felt in love with the gym trainer Daniel Westling (30) 2 years ago, the Swedes were happy. After all the successor to the throne was through her seriousness and eating disorders the "problem child" of the nation, and it was nice to see her really happy. But the longer the crown princess was together with the silent sportsman, the more the Swedes sneered at him.

Since that time the newspapers hardly report good things about the boyfriend of the crown princess. Far from it! Itīs claimed, that heīs as thick as two short planks, and so uneducated, that he never reads books. He even canīt speak english, and on the whole you canīt converse with him. But itīs said, that he takes advantage of the relationship to the princess, so that he makes a good stroke of business with his gyms. In short heīs so embarrassing, that the swedish Royal couple would never ever accept him as son-in-law.

This all was in the past few weeks to read in the swedish newspapers... and because there never a statement of Daniel comes, even not a denial, the Swedes (sooner or later) donīt know, what they should think (about this/him). Fact is, Victoria is every free minute together with him. Even at this weekend she dated the young businessman, though the swedish newspapers reported about a new "scandal". So Daniel quasi has deployed the crown princess as "hostess", when he presented his newest gym and hired new customers, in the line of a dinner.

When Victoria was caught together with Daniel of the reporters, the princess was filled with indignation and denied. "I was there as customer that evening. I didnīt
act as hostess." Daniel kept silent-as always.
Others are more open. Even several people, which were at the aforesaid evening invited of Daniel Westling, did confirm towards the newspaper "Expressen", that Victoria acted as hostess. "She welcomed every single guest". According to that the future head of state makes promotion for a new fitness-project of Daniel Westling, which hardly couldnīt open a new gym, when he wouldnīt know the princess. Because since his relationship with the swedish successor to the throne started, the business volume of his gyms improved considerably. Daniel even doesnīt need to work hard, because there are not many among the young, beautiful and rich people of Stockholm, which wouldnīt like to have him as personal trainer. Seldom before it was that easy to be in the near of the court, even though an annual ticket for his gym now costs 2050 Euro, private lessons with the "personal trainer" not included.

Itīs said, that (now) the trainer is a thorn in the side of the Royal couple. How the king and the queen think of Danielīs business, isnīt known, but itīs said, that they turn up their noses at his intellectual performances. "The Royal couple thinks, that his soft skills and his general education is too small/low. They donīt think, that heīs a proper husband for the future queen", says an anonymous source in "Expressen"
Of course, thereīs nothing official about this topic known. But outstanding is, that Victoriaīs friend was never invited (of the court). And seldom the court was as fast with a denial as then, when it was reported, that Victoria would want to move to Daniel...

published at the 6th of April, 2004
Article in german

Lena 04-15-2004 07:11 PM


So if even a German newspaper writes about Vics current Boyfriend that way. I think his chances as future husband decrease from day to day. On the other hand side what should you say:

I am not stupid!
I can read!
I do know some authors by name!

So the only thing you could say is: this is nonsense! but would it matter?

Actually youīre right...he canīt really defend himself...maybe he could try to get caught of photographers, when he sits on a bench and reads the book of the current nobel prize winner in literature in english...but then people would say, he does this on purpose.
I think to keep silent is the best he can do...but maybe he should try to look friendlier, when photographers appear, especially when they are at "open places" like stadiums.

You (mixer) as german surely read the article in german...Iīm not sure, if it came in my translation out that many things in the article were quoted and written in they DONīT CLAIM, that Daniel Westling is stupid and takes advantage of Victoria...and even the worst german tabloids just wrote this week, that the swedish press isnīt fair to Daniel W. ( I guess they are meekly now, after the trials)

GrandDuchess 04-15-2004 09:02 PM


Lena wrote:
Thanks for your great help, grandduchess and Robbert... A few more questions: Firstly, do you think that the king would give the future prince consort of Sweden (DanielII or not) the Seraphim-order?
And prince Henrik surely was for the french military in Algeria(?) So why did he get of the Danes the titles "Admiral" and "General".
BTW now Iīve read the bio of Henrik on the official page...and there is something mentioned, which I already knew. (but which Iīve more or less "forgotten") Prince Henrik produces wine and sells what do the Danes think about this? If they arenīt against it, there could also be a chance, that a swedish prince leads an own little business (?)

On your fist question, whether I think that The King would confer the Order of the Seraphim to the Crown Princess’s coming husband, I don’t know and no one will know until later on in this life. The members of the Royal House of Sweden who are in the Line of Succession, are in the current tradition conferred with the Order of the Seraphim when they turn 18, as happened in the case of Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Madeleine.

My guess would be that if the future husband of the Crown Princess does get to receive the Order of the Seraphim – it would be either after their marriage, or when the Crown Princess ascends the Throne and becomes Queen (in that case it would be our current Crown Princess who confers it to her husband).

The Queen was conferred the Order of the Seraphim in 1976 before she married The King, due to the current rules attached to the order in those days – saying it could only be conferred to foreign citizens. Since 1995 it is also conferred to the members of the Royal House of Sweden.

Prince Henrik’s military rank titles are of a strictly honorary nature, and it may be in accordance with the Danish traditions – I don’t know. In Sweden, there are very few people that have the highest rank titles in defence, and the few royals that holds/did hold ranks are often born as royals. I believe that it is only The King, of the present Royal House, who at this present time holds these high ranks in the Swedish Defence.

If the future husband of our Crown Prince owns a business, it would have to be something rather neutral and tradition bound. In the case of Daniel’s gym business – I think most people (if not everyone) see and agree that he cannot keep his business.

Prince Henrik’s vineyard and his vine business is widely accepted, much because that is has to do with the traditions from his French family (who have been winemakers for centuries).

Prince Henrik’s family, the Monpezat’s, originates from Cahors in France (where Château de Caïx, the vineyard is). And in 1974, Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik bought the Château de Caïx, near the domains of his French family and started the vinery, which is today a very well known and prestigious one.

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