The evolution of Daniel Westling
<em>By Marilyn Braun</em>
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Call it a Cinderella story in reverse, Daniel Westling will have a lot to adjust to in his new role as husband to Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden. In any royal wedding, while the focus may be on the romantic aspect of it, the new spouse, whether male or female, will have sacrificed a great deal. In Daniel Westling’s instance, his family name and his privacy.
A former personal trainer to the Princess, the couple met in 2002. There was much speculation as to whether they would get married. Seven years later, the wait would end on February 24, 2009 when the engagement was officially announced.
In photos taken during the engagement news conference, Daniel Westling looked rather overwhelmed, with an almost ‘deer in the headlights’ look. It was clear at that point that his life would never be the same. As date for the wedding has approached he has developed a more comfortable appearance in front of the media as he is groomed for his role as consort to a future Queen.
It cannot be underestimated that the success of the new Prince Daniel’s role will rely on the support of his wife as well as his own proactiveness. Like other male consorts, he has no defined role other than one which he carves out for himself. Time will tell if he succeeds.
– Marilyn Braun