Princess Madeleine of Sweden marries Chris O’Neill in lavish ceremony
Posted: 9 June 2013 12:49 am Edited by: Ellen Couzens
On Saturday as the sun shone on the city of Stockholm, Sweden, Princess Madeleine married her U.S banker Chris O’Neill.
Princess Madeleine of Sweden, 30, the youngest daughter of King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia married British-born Chris, 38, in a lavish ceremony attended by royals from around the world.
The couple kiss for the crowds outside the Royal Palace.
Madeleine looked beautiful as she arrived at the Royal Palace of Stockholm for the afternoon ceremony.
The stunning bride was in a pleated silk organza gown with ivory-coloured Chantilly lace, designed by Valentino.
The royal bride wore a sparkling tiara with sprigs of orange blossom for the occasion. Proud parents Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia looked on with pride as their daughter married her prince charming.
Chris has been welcomed into the royal family and joined the royals for National Day earlier this week.
First-in-line for the Swedish throne, Crown Princess Victoria arrived with husband Prince Daniel and their one-year-old daughter Princess Estelle who sat in her own little chair, although was spotted on her parent’s lap during the ceremony.
Crown Princess Victoria married Daniel in 2010, and the former personal trainer took on the title of Prince Daniel.
The Wedding was attending by royalty from around the world. Britain was represented by Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex who arrived in a pale-pink dress. Princess Charlene of Monaco also attended solo for the occasion in the Royal Chapel of the Palace.
Crown Princess Victoria, husband Prince Daniel and one-year-old Princess Estelle.
Chris O’Neill, appeared emotional as his bride arrived, fighting back tears as he watched his Princess walk down the aisle with her father, King Carl Gustaf.
The couple have been dating since 2010 when Princess Madeleine relocated to the U.S, where she carries out royal duties on behalf of the Swedish Royal Family. The young Princess had previously been engaged to Swedish attorney Jonas Bergstrom, however the engagement ended after rumours Jonas had cheated on the royal came to light.
The bride’s wedding gown was complimented with a flowing, four-metre train, that captivated the wedding guests, as many were spotted taking their own photos of the stunning gown.
Britain’s Earl and Countess of Wessex
The couple who announced their engagement in October 2012, were watched by royal guests from around the world. Along with The Earl and Countess of Wessex and Princess Charlene of Monaco, the couple were joined by leading European royalty.
Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark attended the nuptials with his wife Crown Princess Mary, they were joined by Frederick’s brother Prince Joachim and his wife Princess Marie.
Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway waved to the crowds as she arrived with her handsome husband Crown Prince Hakkon.
The bride’s beautiful train.
Luxembourg was represented by the recently married Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg who attended with his wife Stéphanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg.
Joining the royals, Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece also attended with husband Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece. The Princess who is a member of social website Instagram, could not contain her excitement as she shared intimate snaps of the day. Marie-Chantel began her day by posting the view from her hotel room saying “Beautiful evening Stockholm”.
As the newlyweds were joined by their guests, the couple could hardly contain their love for one another, often looking into one another’s eyes and holding hands throughout the ceremony.
The service was conducted by The Right Reverend Lars-Göran Lönnermark, the Royal Court Chief Chaplain, who pleased the royals with his words.
Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederick and Crown Princess Mary
As the ceremony came to an end, a 21-gun salute was fired at five second intervals from Skeppsholmen, one of Stockholm’s islands, which was met with a rapturous applause from the crowd outside.
Later on the couple joined the royal procession to mark their special day. An open top horse-drawn carriage took the newlyweds through Gamla Stan to the harbour. Along the route, thousands of well-wishers lined the streets, applauding the new royal couple and waving their country’s blue and yellow flag.
The couple arrived at the Harbour to join the Royal Barge, which took them to Drottningholm Palace, where the couple hosted an evening for their guests.
Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex will party the night away with Europe’s royal crowd as they celebrate the Princess’s marriage to Christopher.