Sweden Euro opener collides with princess's birthday dinner

Society Materials 11 June 2008 22:37 (UTC +04:00)

Swedish Princess Madeleine's boyfriend opted to watch Sweden's opening match in the European Championships rather than join the princess, the king and queen for her birthday dinner, reports said Wednesday, dpa reported.

King Carl Gustaf on Tuesday treated his youngest daughter and other close family members to a dinner at an exclusive Stockholm restaurant to celebrate Madeleine's 26th birthday, the online edition of the Expressen newspaper said.

Madeleine's boyfriend Jonas Bergstrom also attended, but left early along with Crown Princess Victoria's beau, Daniel Westling.

According to the paper's sources, Madeleine had wished for the joint family dinner - but when the booking was made no one had noticed that Sweden was due to play Greece in Salzburg, Austria at the same time.

Bergstrom and Westling - who share a big interest in football - left minutes after the game started, and headed off to Bergstrom's nearby apartment.

About 20 minutes later, Prince Carl Philip and his girlfriend also left.

The king, Queen Silvia, Madeleine, Victoria and their German cousin Patrick Sommerlath meanwhile stayed on.

Expressen congratulated the princess as she left the restaurant, and she was quoted as saying "I have had a great day" before she set off for Bergstrom's apartment along with her sister.