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Prince-in-waiting keen to start family
www.thelocal.se ^ | 05/22/2010 | AFP/The Local

Posted on 05/22/2010 12:29:11 PM PDT by WesternCulture

Daniel Westling is keen to settle down and have kids with Crown Princess Victoria after the pair wed next month, the future prince said in a joint interview with his fiancée published in Saturday.

"In 10 years time, I hope we will have created a family," Westling told the Svenska Dagbladet daily in response to a question on what he hoped his life would look like in a decade.

Asked how many small princes and princesses he'd like to raise, Westling answered: "A number, although that is not the kind of thing one can really predetermine."

The 36-year-old luxury gym owner acknowledged he was nervous ahead of his June 19 wedding with Victoria, the 32-year-old eldest daughter of King Carl XVI Gustaf.

"When the big day come around I guess I'll be standing there with both butterflies in my stomach and trembling knees," Westling said, adding that since January he had been through an intense training programme aimed at preparing him for life in the royal spotlight.

"My biggest task will be to support the Crown Princess. Adjusting to that role takes time. I hope there will be understanding for the fact that the person standing here the day after the wedding will not yet be a full-fledged prince," he said.

While there has been some speculation how a self-made, successful businessman like Westling will adapt to living in the shadow of his wife, Westling himself insisted that would not be an issue.

"I grew up in a completely gender-equal family. The idea that father knows best is not something I'm familiar with," said Westling, who comes from a small town called Ockelbo in the centre of Sweden.

His mother is a postal worker and his father a retired social worker.

"For me, it is no problem to walk one, two or 10 steps behind Victoria and still keep my self-esteem intact," he insisted.

Amid the massive preparations for the public event of the year in Sweden, both Westling and his bride-to-be stressed the wedding ceremony would also be a very private event, pointing out that media would only be permitted in the space behind them in church.

"Daniel and I need to have a space for just us, that is just ours," Victoria said.

"I will not say 'yes' to the television cameras or the congregation. My 'yes' will only be directed at Daniel," she insisted.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: cermony; royalties; royalwedding; stockholm; sweden

1 posted on 05/22/2010 12:29:12 PM PDT by WesternCulture
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To: WesternCulture

A lot of blonde, racist Swedish babies will be born.


2 posted on 05/22/2010 12:30:11 PM PDT by WesternCulture
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To: WesternCulture

Battle lost:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2328696/posts


3 posted on 05/22/2010 12:34:30 PM PDT by WesternCulture
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To: WesternCulture
"I grew up in a completely gender-equal family. The idea that father knows best is not something I'm familiar with," said Westling... "For me, it is no problem to walk one, two or 10 steps behind Victoria and still keep my self-esteem intact."

Yes, it sounds like he has all the trappings to become a fine wife for the Crown Princess...

4 posted on 05/22/2010 12:39:17 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Flycatcher

“Yes, it sounds like he has all the trappings to become a fine wife for the Crown Princess...”

- Will you attend the cermony?


5 posted on 05/22/2010 12:41:11 PM PDT by WesternCulture
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To: WesternCulture

I don’t support gay marriage.


6 posted on 05/22/2010 12:43:16 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: WesternCulture

Pictures! Pictures!!


7 posted on 05/22/2010 12:44:08 PM PDT by Bartholomew Roberts
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To: Flycatcher

“I don’t support gay marriage.”

- According to the Church of Sweden, largest Lutheran on Earth, they are of different sexes.


8 posted on 05/22/2010 12:48:47 PM PDT by WesternCulture
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To: WesternCulture
- According to the Church of Sweden, largest Lutheran on Earth, they are of different sexes.

Wow! You crazy Swedes!

Here in America, our doctors make the call at the moment of our birth.

But, hey, to each his own...

9 posted on 05/22/2010 12:54:15 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Bartholomew Roberts

10 posted on 05/22/2010 12:57:55 PM PDT by BullDog108 (A Smith & Wesson beats four aces)
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To: WesternCulture

“Crown Princess Victoria”

Wonder if she has a stake in FMC?


11 posted on 05/22/2010 1:03:02 PM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: WesternCulture

“In 10 yeers teeme-a, I hupe-a ve-a veell hefe-a creeted a femeely,” Vestleeng tuld zee Sfenska Degbledet deeely in respunse-a tu a qooesshun oon vhet he-a huped hees leeffe-a vuoold luuk leeke-a in a decede-a.
Esked hoo muny smell preences und preencesses he’d leeke-a tu reeese-a, Vestleeng unsvered: “A noomber, elthuoogh thet is nut zee keend ooff theeng oone-a cun reelly predetermeene-a.”
Zee 36-yeer-oold looxoory gym oovner ecknooledged he-a ves nerfuoos eheed ooff hees Joone-a 19 veddeeng veet Feecturia, zee 32-yeer-oold ildest dooghter ooff Keeng Cerl XFI Goosteff.
“Vhee zee beeg dey cume-a eruoond I gooess I’ll be-a stundeeng zeere-a veet but bootterffleees in my stumech und trembleeng knees,” Vestleeng seeed, eddeeng thet seence-a Junooery he-a hed beee thruoogh un intense-a treeening prugremme-a eeemed et prepereeng heem fur leeffe-a in zee ruyel sputleeght.
Um de hur de hur de hur. “My beeggest tesk veell be-a tu sooppurt zee Croon Preencess. Um gesh dee bork, bork! Edjoosteeng tu thet rule-a tekes teeme-a. I hupe-a zeere-a veell be-a understundeeng fur zee fect thet zee persun stundeeng here-a zee dey effter zee veddeeng veell nut yet be-a a fooll-fledged preence-a,” he-a seeed. Bork bork bork!
Vheele-a zeere-a hes beee sume-a specooleshun hoo a selff-mede-a, sooccessffool booseenessmun leeke-a Vestleeng veell edept tu leefing in zee shedoo ooff hees veeffe-a, Vestleeng heemselff inseested thet vuoold nut be-a un issooe-a.
“I groo up in a cumpletely gender-iqooel femeely. Bork bork bork! Zee idea thet fezeer knoos best is nut sumetheeng I’m femeelier veet,” seeed Vestleeng, vhu cumes frum a smell toon celled Oockelbu in zee centre-a ooff Svedee. Hees muzeer is a pustel vurker und hees fezeer a retured suceeel vurker. Hurty flurty schnipp schnipp!
“Fur me-a, it is nu prublem tu velk oone-a, tvu oor 10 steps beheend Feecturia und steell keep my selff-isteem intect,” he-a inseested. Bork bork bork!


12 posted on 05/22/2010 1:03:24 PM PDT by tumblindice
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To: WesternCulture; Flycatcher
I think what Flycatcher was trying to say in #4 is that Mr Westling [who claims to have grown up in a ‘gender-equal family’] isn't very manly.

Hence the comment that he will be ‘a fine wife’…

In other words, tongue-in-cheek humor.

(correct me if I'm wrong)
13 posted on 05/22/2010 1:08:16 PM PDT by Fichori ('Wee-Weed Up' pitchfork wielding neolithic caveman villager with lit torch. Any questions?)
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To: WesternCulture

You wrote:

“A lot of blonde, racist Swedish babies will be born.”

I doubt it.

1) The parents aren’t blond.
2) Swedes have very few children - the culture is almost as sterile as the people.
3) The Swedes - especially the power elite in Sweden - all abhor racism. They’re more than willing to role over for Kurds, Albanians and Arabs.


14 posted on 05/22/2010 1:10:52 PM PDT by vladimir998 (Part of the Vast Catholic Conspiracy (hat tip to Kells))
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To: Fichori
You're quite correct, Fichori. I was being tongue-in-cheek and that was unfair of me.

Now, after viewing the photo of him and his new wife in post # 10, I have to admit that he does look rather manly in his tiara and dress.

I stand corrected...

15 posted on 05/22/2010 1:12:34 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: BullDog108

her jawline makes her look like a marionette.


16 posted on 05/22/2010 1:17:32 PM PDT by softwarecreator (I want my greenshoots!)
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To: Flycatcher
Here in America, our doctors make the call at the moment of our birth.

And genetics makes it just a bit sooner.

17 posted on 05/22/2010 1:19:17 PM PDT by softwarecreator (I want my greenshoots!)
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To: Flycatcher

“I don’t support gay marriage.”

- Why then post gay remarks..


18 posted on 05/22/2010 1:27:44 PM PDT by WesternCulture
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To: WesternCulture

Seemed fitting for a gay thread.


19 posted on 05/22/2010 1:30:31 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: vladimir998

“2) Swedes have very few children - the culture is almost as sterile as the people.”

- Definitely not true.

Swedish women give birth to more children than European women at large do. Furthermore, Immigrant women in Muslim areas of Stockholm, fastest growing city in Northern Europe, can’t keep up with middle class Swedes.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2328696/posts

A word of advice:

Before posting , do your homework.


20 posted on 05/22/2010 1:36:16 PM PDT by WesternCulture
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To: Flycatcher

“Seemed fitting for a gay thread.”

- Did you or I turn this thread gay?


21 posted on 05/22/2010 1:37:51 PM PDT by WesternCulture
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To: WesternCulture
I attribute it to the "enlightened" ideas of Ms. Westling herself.

She's a real catch!

22 posted on 05/22/2010 1:42:29 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Flycatcher

Haha,

You even know how to spell his surname correctly (I don’t - and I’m Swedish).

Gay?


23 posted on 05/22/2010 1:46:49 PM PDT by WesternCulture
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To: vladimir998

I wonder what happens if an Arab Muslim does marry into a European royal family, and then tries to make it a Sheikhdom like Saudi Arabia or UAE.


24 posted on 05/22/2010 1:48:44 PM PDT by tbw2 (Freeper sci-fi - "Humanity's Edge" - on amazon.com)
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To: WesternCulture
LOL!

Finally... FINALLY... I make you laugh -- and it's only because I spelled his name the way you spelled it on the original article...?

This thread is getting beyond gay.

It's almost becoming... MERRY!!!!!!!

25 posted on 05/22/2010 1:54:01 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: WesternCulture

You wrote:

“- Definitely not true.”

No, Absolutely True: “Swedish and French birth rates may be higher than in much of Europe, but despite their respective systems, both countries still lag behind the holy grail of 2.1 children per woman needed to keep a population stable.”

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4768644.stm

“Swedish women give birth to more children than European women at large do.”

Doesn’t matter: too little, too late: http://www.thelocal.se/15408/20081103/

“Furthermore, Immigrant women in Muslim areas of Stockholm, fastest growing city in Northern Europe, can’t keep up with middle class Swedes.”

Maybe, maybe not: http://www.thelocal.se/15408/20081103/

“Sweden was one of the first wealthy nations to see births fall below replacement level, where they’ve stayed for four decades except for a brief resurgence in the early nineties. As Sweden’s population has aged—18 percent of Swedes today are over 65 and retired, compared with 14 percent in 1970—the country’s economic performance has languished, with its once-formidable growth rate falling well below the OECD average over the last two decades. Entrepreneurialism—which is highest among workers aged 25 to 34, studies show—has especially suffered: only one of Sweden’s 50 largest companies was created after 1970; the country now has the lowest self-employment rate in the OECD; and the number of entrepreneurs has declined by almost 9 percent since 1995, notes Johan Norberg, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute.”

“Levies on the average worker amount to 44 percent of earnings in Norway and 48 percent in Sweden, compared with 29 percent in America. And high taxes put downward pressure on fertility by diminishing the disposable earnings that couples might choose to spend on child rearing. One study of Europe’s plush pension systems, which require payroll taxes of up to 20 percent of earnings in some countries, found that the most expensive plans have probably diminished fertility rates by up to 1.6 children per couple.”

http://www.investorsinsight.com/blogs/forecasts_trends/archive/2010/02/16/falling-global-birthrates-threaten-prosperity.aspx

I remember reading a fascinating article a decade or more ago where a Swedish government official expressed his concern that Sweden was going to become the frist country in the world with an overwhelming number of children who have no siblings, no cousins, no nieces, no nephews and no aunts or uncles.

“A word of advice:Before posting , do your homework.”

Already did - years ago. Everything I sais was correct.
Maybe it would help if you did likewise. We all know you love your country, but that doesn’t change the truth.


26 posted on 05/22/2010 2:06:47 PM PDT by vladimir998 (Part of the Vast Catholic Conspiracy (hat tip to Kells))
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To: WesternCulture

stupid king of Sw disinherited his son to give idiot daughter the throne — PC gone mad.


27 posted on 05/23/2010 1:03:06 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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