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Sweden's crown princess to marry

24 February 09 14:02 GMT

Sweden's Royal Court has announced the engagement of Crown Princess Victoria to her long-term boyfriend, commoner Daniel Westling.

Victoria, 31, and Mr Westling, a 35-year-old gym owner, have been in a relationship since 2002.

A statement from the court said the wedding was planned for the middle of next year.

Once married, Mr Westling would assume the title of Prince Daniel, Duke of Vastergotland, said the court.

Victoria is first in line to succeed her father, King Carl XVI Gustaf, to the Swedish throne.

He met government ministers to ask for their approval for the marriage, as required by the constitution.

Sweden's monarchy has no political powers, but the king or queen represents the country and receives foreign dignitaries.

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