Swedish royal wedding

Picture from svt.se

I have been watching an online broadcast from Sweden, the wedding of the Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Daniel Westling this evening. The whole ceremony was beautiful, I give them that. But as a republican I find it difficult to accept this kind lifestyle where one family lives above the rest of the people, and with the people's money. The royal family might have some PR value, but as a concept it feels wrong. The recent studies and polls show that the popularity of the monarchy is in decline in Sweden. It is going to be interesting to see whether the Swedish monarchy will survive in the future.

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