A Swede Royal Affair

The wedding of Sweden’s Princess Madeleine and her banker husband might not have shared the same global attention as their British counterparts William-Kate, but a wedding of royalty stature is still worth checking out for the regal glitz and sartorial splendor.

(Photo Credit: Swedish Royal Court)

The Couple: Princess Madeleine, 30, is the youngest child of Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. The young royal, who is fourth in line to the throne, used to be known for her hard partying at Stockholm’s trendy nightclubs and extravagant shopping sprees. These days, she resides in New York where she works for the World Childhood Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by her mother.

New York is also the place where the Princess found true love in British-American Christopher O’Neil. The 38-year-old businessman hails from a wealthy family and has previously attracted criticisms by making an obscene gesture at the media. It is said that the groom has officially turned down royal status after marriage, which would otherwise require him to attain Swedish citizenship and leave his current career.

The Wedding: The ceremony took place at the Royal Chapel in the Royal Palace of Stockholm, and as Washington Post described, was an “emotional and lavish” event. The groom was seen holding back his tears as the Princess walked down the aisle to a Swedish wedding hymn, minutes before one-half of pop group Roxette, Marie Fredriksson, belted out her famous ballad.

The couple then greeted the public, who had gathered outside the palace and were celebrating by waving the Sweden flag, before proceeding to travel in a horse carriage procession through the heart of the capital. The private wedding reception was held later in the day at Drottningholm Palace, an UNESCO World Heritage site that’s only accessible by boat. The site is incidentally the royal residence of the King and the Queen and is also where Princess Madeleine was born.

In the Royal Chapel. (Photo Credit: Swedish Royal Court)

The Princess Couple’s cortège. (Photo Credit: Swedish Royal Court)

The Guests: According to Associated Press, some 470 guests attended the wedding, including royal representatives from Norway, Denmark, Greece, Monaco and Japan. Also on the list were the groom’s super-rich friends, such as Cadbury chocolate heir Joel Cadbury and Opel heir Georg von Opelr. Other well-known invites include the CEO of fashion retailer H&M, Karl-Johan Persson, Duran Duran bassist John Taylor and Broadway’s “Phantom of the Opera” star Peter Joback.

While male guests were suited up formally, female guests adorned the wedding theme of “summer meadows” with gowns in various shades of pastels. Coming out tops on the best-dressed list include Princess Mette-Marit of Norway in her Valentino aqua blue tiered dress and the bride’s sister, Crown Princess Victoria who shone in a Elie Saab greige rose dress, made from hand-dyed silk organza with layers of tulle, silk threads, pearls and Swarovski crystals in amethyst and pale grey opal.

The Crown Princess Victoria with her daughter, Princess Estelle and husband, Prince Daniel. (Photo Credit: Swedish Royal Court)

The Wedding Gown: From the hands of famed Italian designer Valentino Garavani, Princess Madeleine’s wedding dress embodies the royal family’s style of elegance. Made from pleated silk organza with ivory-colored Chantilly lace, the dress was simple yet exquisite. The top part of the dress was lace, with a deep-cut at the back. Together with the long veil, the four-metre long train made for a lovely picture.

Known for her tendency to un-follow rules as a royal, it seems no surprise that Princess Madeleine would ditch traditions by opting for a new veil and a self-designed modern fringe tiara accented with orange blossom. The bridal bouquet, however, consisted of classic white garden roses and the traditional myrtle from Sofiero, a custom upheld since 1905.

A sketch of the gown. (Photo Credit: Swedish Royal Court)