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Prince Daniel of Sweden visits D.C. school, explains how to be a prince

Prince Daniel of Sweden posing in front of the Capitol during a visit to the Newseum Monday. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters)

Let us now praise Sweden for making the princess fantasy an equal-opportunity thing. Little boys, you too can be transformed into royalty! Witness Prince Daniel of Sweden, who visited Miner Elementary in Northeast Washington Wednesday.

“How did you become prince?” a student asked him.

“I was lucky enough to have met a princess,” he explained. “A cute, cute, and kind princess. . . now we are married, and then I became prince.”

“Do y’all live in a castle?”

“Yeah, I do. A nice castle in a big park.”

The former gym owner and personal trainer last year married Crown Princess Victoria , 34, who, thanks to the country’s new primogeniture policy, will take the Swedish throne one day rather than her brother. The couple is expecting their first child in March. This week, Daniel, 38, who looks something like Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo, is making his first official tour of the U.S. to talk up health and nutrition issues. At Miner, reports our colleague Aaron Leitko, he was greeted by students dressed as Pippi Longstocking and a Viking, as well as a funk band. Also: Mayor Vince Gray. And a buffet of Swedish treats: Chocolate coconut balls, apple slices, blueberry smoothies. The children impressed the prince with their knowledge of his country: “The population of Sweden is 9.2 million”; “It has many lakes”; “It is on the west side of Africa.” Daniel shook his head gently. “Mmm, no.”

Quetsions for the prince?

“Do you wear special clothes?” one child asked.

“My wife, she wears the crown at special occasions. I have a beautiful dress as well. Only sometimes, not today.”

“What is it like to be a prince?”

“It’s nice to be a prince. I mean, I had an opportunity to meet you here today, so that’s really delicious.”

See also: Swedish royal wedding 2010 photos

Read earlier: Queen Silvia of Sweden visits Washington, 10/15/10



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