Sweden's Prince Carl Philip marries ex-model Sofia Hellqvist


  • People
  • Tuesday, 16 Jun 2015

Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist during their wedding in the Royal Chapel in Stockholm. Hellq. Photo: Reuters/Claudio Bresciani/TT News Agency

Happy couple: Swedish Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist smile in the carriage during their wedding in the Royal Chapel in Stockholm, Sweden, on June 13. Photo: Reuters/Mikael Fritzon/TT News Agency


Sweden's Prince Carl Philip marries former model and reality TV star Sofia Hellqvist in the chapel of the royal palace in Stockholm.

The 36-year-old prince, third in line to the throne, was visibly nervous during the ceremony on June 13, which was attended by royals from around the world including Princess Takamado of Japan, Queen Mathilde of Belgium and the Earl and Countess of Wessex from Britain.

Hellqvist, 30, wore a dress by Swedish designer Ida Sjöstedt with lace sleeves and back which revealed the star-shaped tattoo between her shoulder blades.

Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist during their wedding in the Royal Chapel in Stockholm. Hellq. Photo: Reuters/Claudio Bresciani/TT News Agency

After a long wait at the altar, the prince struggled to put the wedding ring on the finger of his bride.

Following the ceremony, the couple were greeted by thousands of well-wishers as they were driven in a horse-drawn carriage through central Stockholm before returning to the palace again for the wedding dinner and dance.

Addressing the crowd from in front of the palace in the early evening sunshine, the prince – a major in the Swedish navy and a part-time racing driver – thanked the public for their support.

"It shows Sweden is a warm country with lots of love," he said, before kissing Hellqvist to loud applause.

PrinceCarlPhilipSofiaHellqvist5A
Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist at the altar waiting to exchange their vows before a royalty-studded congregation during the wedding ceremony in Stockholm. Photo: Reuters/Jonas Ekstromer/TT News Agency

The wedding was a more low-key affair than that of the prince's elder sister and heir to the throne, Princess Victoria, who married Daniel Westling in 2010.

All of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia's three children have married so-called commoners, or those without a noble rank, with Princess Madeleine marrying banker Christopher O'Neill two years ago.

Sweden is a constitutional monarchy and the king has no political power. Public support for the royal family has waned somewhat in recent years, but remains fairly broad.

Carl Philip, Duke of Varmland, was first in line to the throne at birth, but Sweden changed its succession law in 1980 to make the eldest child – not the eldest male child – heir.

Crown Princess Victoria is now first in line to the throne, followed by her daughter Estelle, born in 2012. – Reuters

PrinceCarlPhilipSofiaHellqvist2A
Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist kiss after the carriage cortege during their wedding. Photo: Reuters/Pontus Lundahl/TT News Agency


Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 7
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
   

Across The Star Online