H.R.H. Prince Daniel. Photo: Mattias Edwall
Olof Daniel Westling Bernadotte, Prince of Sweden and Duke of Västergötland, was born on 15 September 1973 at Örebro University Hospital. His parents are Ewa Kristina Westling and Olle Gunnar Westling. He was christened at Almby Church in 1973.
The christening at Almby Church in 1973.
Prince Daniel is the youngest child of Ewa and Olle Westling. He has one older sister, Anna Westling Söderström. Prince Daniel lives at Haga Palace with The Crown Princess and Princess Estelle.
Education and workPrince Daniel attended Rabo Primary School and Perslunda School in Ockelbo, and later Hammar Upper Secondary School in Sandviken. He graduated from upper secondary school in 1991.
Prince Daniel spent many of his summers working, including at a home for the elderly in Ockelbo. After graduating from upper secondary school, The Prince worked within elderly care in Ockelbo again while waiting to begin his military service. He carried out his military service at I14 in Gävle. When he had completed his military service, Prince Daniel worked for just over a year at a school and recreation centre for children with special needs. Prince Daniel moved to Stockholm in 1994 to study at the Lillsved Sports Folk High School. He studied the youth recreation leader programme here from 1994-1996, focusing on sport.
Prince Daniel worked for a fitness company while studying at folk high school. After completing his course he began working for the fitness company full-time. While working at the fitness company, The Prince also taught on a course for personal trainers and body building coaches.
Prince Daniel started his own company in 1997 and worked as a consultant in the fitness industry. He then went on to run his own gym, Master Training, together with a colleague. Master Training expanded and now has two gyms in central Stockholm.
In 2006, he started the company Balance, a gym featuring a new concept, also situated in central Stockholm. The company now has approximately 100 employees. Together, the gyms have around 5,000 members.
Two of Prince Daniel's greatest interests are skiing and golf. He is passionate about social issues, health, sport and entrepreneurship, and enjoys going to the theatre.
During the spring term of 2011, Prince Daniel studied physiology, physical activity and health. He continued his studies in physiology in autumn 2011. He studied growth and physical development in children and young people in relation to physical activity and illness.
As previously, his studies took the form of commissioned courses with teaching staff from Karolinska Institutet. During the autumn, he completed studies worth 7.5 higher education credits.
In spring 2013, The Prince continued his studies with courses worth 7.5 higher education credits in geriatrics and pathology.
Engagement, marriage and fatherhood
The Crown Princess and Daniel Westling announced their engagement on Tuesday 24 February 2009, and the wedding took place on 19 June 2010 at Stockholm Cathedral.
Princess Estelle was born on 23 February 2012.