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By Malin Rising, Associated Press Writer
STOCKHOLM — It will be a royal moment of glory set against the bleak backdrop of Europe's financial crisis.
The June 19 wedding in Stockholm Cathedral between Crown Princess Victoria and her personal trainer Daniel Westling has triggered debate about why an otherwise egalitarian country like Sweden retains such an archaic — and expensive — institution.
Like in neighboring monarchies Norway and Denmark, the Swedish royals' responsibilities are purely ceremonial, but they still enjoy privileged lives compared to ordinary people, a disparity that has become increasingly evident during preparations for the wedding.
Many here are questioning the 20 million kronor ($2.5 million) price tag of the wedding — half of which will be borne by taxpayers — at a time when ordinary citizens are being asked to endure a new age of austerity.