26 FEBRUARY 2008

They've always raised eyebrows for not being the most conventional of royal couples, and now the romance between Crown Princess Victoria and her gym-owner beau is back in the spotlight after it emerged that self-made entrepreneur Daniel Westling has significantly consolidated his financial situation.

Whether the fact that Daniel's business continues to thrive - he's opening new establishments both in Sweden and abroad - will influence the opinion of the Swedish people, some of whom view the match as not entirely appropriate, remains to be seen.

The Yale-educated Princess met her commoner beau in 2002 at one of his own gyms, and they now share a home together. "The important thing is the right people live with each other," the queen-in-waiting has said.

Victoria isn't the only royal to find love through sport. Zara Phillips' own live-in partner is rugby player Mike Tindall, whom she met in Sydney after England beat Australia in the 2003 rugby World Cup.

Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark also found romance at a sporting event, meeting real estate agent Mary Donaldson while in Sydney for the 2000 Olympic Games. The couple were wed in Copenhagen in 2004.

It was a similar story for keen sportsman Prince Albert of Monaco after glamorous South African Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock captured his heart.

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The romance between the future Queen of Sweden and her gym-owner boyfriend continues to flourish six years after they met in one of his establishmentsPhoto: © Rex Click on photos for gallery
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Victoria isn't the only royal to find love through sport. Zara and her rugby player boyfriend Mike are also united by a shared passion for sportsPhoto: © Getty Images
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Crown Prince Frederik met his real estate agent wife Mary, with whom he shares a love of sailing, at the Sydney OlympicsPhoto: © Getty Images
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