Prince Carl Philip marries Sofia Hellqvist

Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland, the 36-year-old son of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, married Sofia Hellqvist today. Born in Sweden, Miss Hellqvist worked as a model and reality TV star before moving for a time to New York, where she studied accounting and became a certified yoga instructor. She is 30 years old.

The bride's wedding dress, created by Swedish designer Ida Sjöstedt, was silk crepe overlaid with Italian silk organza. She carried a cascade-style bouquet of garden roses in shades of cream and coral, matching the floral decorations in the Royal Chapel at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.

The groom, a major in the Swedish Amphibious Corps, wore mess dress model 1878, the military equivalent of formal evening dress.

The music at the royal wedding was notable for modern choices, including the Coldplay song "Fix You," performed in English at the wedding by Salem Al Fakir, and the pop song "Umbrella" performed by David Pagmar in Swedish. As the couple left the church, Samuel Ljungblahd and a choir sang the gospel song "Joyful Joyful," with a little of Janet Jackson's "What Have You Done for Me Lately" thrown in.

Along with relatives of the bride and groom, wedding guests included Belgium's Queen Mathilde; Denmark's Queen Margrethe, Prince Frederik, Princess Mary, Prince Joachim, and Princess Marie; Greece's Prince Nikolaos and Princess Tatiana; Japan's Princess Takamado; the Netherlands' Queen Máxima; Norway's Queen Sonja, Prince Haakon, Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Märtha Louise, and Ari Behn; and Britain's Earl and Countess of Wessex.

In lieu of wedding gifts, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia have asked the public to consider donating to the new Prince Couple's Foundation, which will promote and support the education and care of children and young people.

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4 Replies to “Prince Carl Philip marries Sofia Hellqvist”

  1. I hope all the harpies and haters on Royal Dish are wrong and that Carl Philip will be very happy with his princess. All the best to both of them.

  2. People really harp on Sofia's background but I think that what is done is done. No amount of harping will change things. Now that they are married, I hope people will give Sofia a chance. Best wishes to the happy couple!

  3. Sofia and Carl Philip seem really happy together, she made a lovely bride. People should not hold something she did ten years ago against her,a lot of people have done worse. I wish them a long and happy married life.

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