Colombia donates flowers for Swedish royal wedding

Flower growers and exporters will send over 40,000 flowers to the wedding.

Bogota: Colombia will gift thousands of flowers for the upcoming wedding of Princess Victoria, heir to the Swedish throne, government and business officials said on Saturday.

The crown princess, 32, is set to marry Daniel Westling on June 19 in Stockholm.

Flower growers and exporters, supported by the Colombian government, will send more than 40,000 flowers -- roses, carnations, hydrangeas, and irises -- to the wedding, Nubia Martinez, president of the state-run Export Promotion Fund, said yesterday.

"This gesture brings both countries closer and is a great opportunity for the world to learn of the beauty of Colombian flowers," Martinez said.

"It`s a special gift for Princess Victoria from all Colombians," she added.

Colombia is the world`s second largest flower exporter, and the main supplier of flowers to the United States, said Agusto Solano, president of the Association of Colombian Flower Exporters (Asocolflores).

Colombian flower exports raked in more than USD 1 billion in 2009, according to Asocolflores figures.


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