Your Majesties, Your Imperial Highness, Your Royal Highnesses, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear family and friends, Dear Victoria, Crown PrinceVictoria, Princeof Sweden, Princeof my heart,
Nine years ago I had the privilege to get to know a young woman with a great sense of humour, a strong sense of duty, who was very, very intelligent. We became friends. The more I got to know her the more irresistible she became. This couple of years with you, Victoria, has gone by in a wink and has been the best years in my life.
There have been times when Victoria’s official duties have separated us, often taken her to far away countries and continents. I will never forget some years ago when she left for one of her many trips. This time to China. We were going to be apart for a whole month.
The night before she left she got home late after an official engagement, and she had many preparations to make for the long month of duties ahead. Instead of getting some valuable sleep, she stayed up the whole night… writing.
In the morning after she had gone I found a box. And in that box I found 30 beautiful letters addressed to me. – one for every day she would be away. This romantic gesture is typical of you, Victoria. It says everything about the loving person you are.
Once upon a time the young man was perhaps not a frog in the beginning of the fairy tale as in the story first told by the Grimm brothers. But he was certainly not a Prince. The first kidid not change that. His transformation was not possible without the support from the wise King and Queen who had ruled the kingdom for many years and who were full of wisdom, experience and had good hearts. They knew what was best and guided the young couple with a gentle hand, generously sharing all their valuable experience.
I feel the greatest gratitude towards Your Majesties, the King and the Queen – for your support and for the way you have received me into your family. I think of course also of my own family… my mother and my father and my sister and her daughters. Mum and dad, while I grew up you had always given me your unconditional love. You have helped me through your wisdom. And you’ve helped me gain a strong self-esteem and security with your good values that have guided me throughout my life.
Today as we were driven through the streets of Stockholm we sensed an unbelievable joy and warmth – a memory that we will keep forever deep in our hearts. During the years Victoria and I spent together I have felt a great support from the people I’ve met. It has been very important to me. Thank you.
I have the deepest respect towards my upcoming tasks. Without a doubt it will be a great challenge. I will do my utmost to live up to the expectations that will be placed upon me. I will do my utmost to support my wife, Crown Princeof Sweden, in her important work. Darling, I love you so much