Prince Edward and Sophie to represent royal family at Victoria and Daniel's wedding

The Earl and Countess of Wessex will be the British royal family's representatives at the wedding of Victoria of Sweden and Daniel Westling on June 19, Buckingham Palace has announced.

Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex will host an official reception for the couple aboard HMS Kent, before representing the Queen at the ceremony itself at Stockholm's cathedral.


With the wedding coinciding with Royal Ascot week, other members of the royal family already have full agendas and will be unable to attend. Princes William and Harry will be representing Britain at the World Cup in South Africa.

However, other royal families from Europe and beyond have also been confirming which of their members will be attending the much-anticipated nuptials.

One of the best represented royal households will be that of the Netherlands. Queen Beatrix, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, Crown Princess Maxima and their daughter Amalia, who is Victoria's goddaughter and will act as a bridesmaid at the ceremony, will all be present.

Joining them will be Beatrix's other two sons, Prince Constanijn and Prince Friso, along with their wives Princess Laurentien and Princess Mabel.

The royal family of Denmark will also be well represented, with Queen Margrethe, Prince Henrik, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary all attending. Frederik and Mary's son Christian will also act as a page boy.

Completing the Danish royal party will be Margrethe's sister Princess Benedikte, her husband Richard Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and their children and their partners.

From Norway, King Harald and Queen Sonja will go, along with Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Martha Louisa and her husband, Ari Behn.

It's not yet known whether Haakon and Mette-Marit's daughter Ingrid Alexandra, also goddaughter to Victoria, will make the trip and be a bridesmaid on the big day.


Meanwhile from Spain, Queen Sofia, Prince Felipe, Princess Letizia, Infanta Elena, Infanta Cristina and her husband Iñaki Urdangarin have all confirmed their presence in Stockholm.

Japan's Prince Naruhito will attend alone, while King Abdullah and Queen Rania of Jordan have committed to the event, too.

One special person who sadly won't be able to make the nuptials will be Princess Lilian, the bride's 94-year-old great aunt.

Last week the Swedish royal household announced that the aunt of King Carl XVI Gustaf was suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

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