Best Moments from Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Chris O’Neill’s Royal Wedding
It was certainly a day to remember as Princess Madeleine of Sweden married her US financier love, Chris O’Neill in a splendid ceremony in Stockholm’s royal chapel. The radiant bride stepped out in a stunning silk gown, complete with ivory-coloured Chantilly lace, by Italian fashion maestro Valentino that moved Chris to tears as he saw her walking down the aisle.
The crowd was made up of a host of royal guests. Out in force to support their fellow Scandinavian royal were Prince Frederik, Princess Mary, Princess Marie and Prince Joachim from Denmark and Norway’s representatives, Prince Haakon, Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Märtha Louise and her husband Ari Behn.
Flying the flag for Great Britain were Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, who chose a floor-length pale pink gown and glittering tiara for the occasion.
During the moving wedding ceremony, Madeleine’s adorable niece Estelle sat patiently in her own miniature chair, watched over by her proud parents Prince Daniel and Princess Victoria, who married in the same church in 2010.
Once the vows were said and the rings exchanged, Madeleine and Chris treated the excited crowds of well-wishers to not one, but three romantic kisses before heading off on their waterfront procession.
As the carriage drew up to S/S Stockholm, it was time for the newlyweds to let their hair down. Princess Madeleine showed off her glorious dress once again as she and Chris joined their guests for drinks on board and a dinner at Drottningholm Palace.Scroll down or use left and right arrow keys to view images
The bride-to-be sparkled in a silver Elie Saab gown and her sister Princess Victoria chose a dove grey dress with an asymmetrical hemline by British designer Jenny Packham for the pre-wedding dinner hosted by the ladies’ parents, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia.
From left to right: Princess Marie of Denmark, Princess Stephanie of Luxembourg, Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, Princess Charlene of Monaco, Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece and Sofia Hellqvist, whose boyfriend is Madeleine’s brother Prince Carl Philip.
From left to right: Princess Marie of Denmark, Princess Charlene of Monaco, Princess Mary of Denmark and Prince Carl Philip’s girlfriend, Swedish reality star, Sofia Hellqvist.
Sophie, 48, who attended Europe’s most recent royal wedding where Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg married Stephanie de Lannoy, accessorised her outfit with a sparkling tiara.
The stunning gown was fashioned from pleated silk organza with appliquéd ivory-hued Chantilly lace. The upper section of the bodice was lace with a deep-cut back. Narrow vertical pleats opened up from the accentuated waist, above the wide skirt, which ends with a four-metre-long train.
Despite rumours that she would stay at home with her paternal grandparents, Estelle attended her first royal wedding, even watching proceedings from her own miniature chair.
Although all eyes were on the beautiful bride herself, royal watchers were keen to see young Estelle witness her aunt Madeleine’s big moment.
Chris was overcome with emotion and struggled to hold back the tears as he waited at the altar, watching his beautiful bride glide towards him accompanied by her proud father King Carl XVI Gustaf.
The service, which was conducted in both English and Swedish, was officiated by The Right Reverend Lars-Göran Lönnermark, the Royal Court Chief Chaplain.
Much pomp and ceremony surrounded the royal procession, with dozens of fabulous horses making up the cortège. Troops from the Army, Air Force and Navy were positioned along the route. The moving spectacle travelled through Slottsbacken, Skeppsbron, Strömbron, Strömgatan, Norrbro, Slottskajen, Myntgatan and Wrangelska Backen to Evert Taubes Terrass to reach the dock.