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Of Weekends & A Royal Wedding

Hello-Hello, what a weekend it was, the royal wedding in Sweden just knocked my socks off.

Formal events got underway Friday night with a dinner at Stockholm’s Grand Hôtel for family members. Princess Madeleine is fourth from the right; the groom, Christopher O’Neill, is on her right (our left).

Brigitte Grenfeldt, Royalcourt.se

Brigitte Grenfeldt, Royalcourt.se

A better look at the elegant Elie Saab dress worn by the Princess, it is from the designer’s Resort 2013 collection, on the right we see the Jenny Packham gown worn by Crown Princess Victoria, it is from the spring/Summer collection.

Elie Saab/Swedish Royal Court/Jenny Packham/Swedish Royal Court

Elie Saab/Swedish Royal Court/Jenny Packham/Swedish Royal Court

Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece used her Instagram account to share photos from the wedding weekend.

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Princess Marie Chantal Instagram

She was in an Oscar de la Renta gown from the designer’s spring 2013 collection. We show it below as worn by model Karlie Kloss in the runway show.

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Style.com

The wedding itself was one elegant event, with glittering tiaras, shimmering gowns and some serious party frocks. It was also a significant gathering of European royalty.  Below, Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, as well as Princess Charlene of Monaco. Princess Charlene was one of the few titled women not wearing a tiara.

Leif R. Jansson/Scanpix via Swedish Royal Court

Leif R. Jansson/ScanPix – Swedish Royal Court

Norway’s Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon as they arrive for Saturday’s ceremony.

Maja Suslin/Scanpix via Swedish Royal Court

Maja Suslin/Scanpix via Swedish Royal Court

The bride’s sister, Crown Princess Victoria and her husband, Prince Daniel, and the couple’s child, Princess Estelle.

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Stellapictures/Swedish Royal Court

Victoria wore a gown by Fadi al Khoury.

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Via

More on Princess Victoria’s gown from the Swedish Royal Court news release.

The Crown Princess wore a greige rosé dress with aubergine accents. The dress is made from hand-dyed double-sided silk organza with layers of hand-dyed tulle in three shades, silk threads, Lurex threads, pearls and Swarovski crystals in amethyst and pale grey opal.

The Crown Princess has worn the designer before, and attended his show as she opened Stockholm Fashion Week in August of 2012.

Below, the mother of the bride, Queen Silvia arriving with her son, Prince Carl Philip.

Maja Suslin/Scanpix via Swedish Royal Court

Maja Suslin/Scanpix via Swedish Royal Court

The Queen’s gown is described as “a jade-coloured dress with a train. The dress is silk organza with embroidered silk lace and Swarovski stones.”

Below (left to right) we see Crown Prince Frederik & Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Norway’s Princess Märtha Louise, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon, also of Norway.

Royal House of Norway

Royal House of Norway

The Queen’s husband was not available to escort her to the wedding because he was walking the bride up the aisle. Below we see King Gustav and Princess Madeleine, he wears what would be formal evening attire for the military, he is an Admiral in the Swedish Navy.

Sandberg/ScanPix via Swedish Royal Court

Sandberg/ScanPix via Swedish Royal Court

The Swedish Princess wed the British-born financier in the Royal Chapel at the Palace.

Anders Wiklund/Scanpix via Swedish Royal Court

Anders Wiklund/Scanpix via Swedish Royal Court

On the altar, Princess Hedvig Elisabeth Charlotta’s crown, it was at the baptismal font when Princes Madeleine was christened. The crown dates to 1778.

Swedish Royal Court

Swedish Royal Court

The bride was exquisite.

Swedish Royal Court

Swedish Royal Court

From the Court Chaplain’s remarks to the bride and groom during the service:

“And the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinth. 13,13). Of faith, hope and love. Of these love is the greatest. But also greater than power and riches. Such is the greatness of love.

Yes, right now we find ourselves in a room of faith and of the heart. The Royal chapel encloses the two of you in God´s loving care, and it gives space as well as direction to your life together.

What is really great, however, is also what is created when all the little words and the warm, tender glances form a web of security and rest in your everyday life. Every day. The numerous moments are joined together into a life, your shared life. Take care of the moments!

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Valentino Garavani Archives Facebook Page

She wore a gown by Valentino Garavani, founder of the eponymous fashion house of that name.

Valentino Courtesy Photo

Valentino Courtesy Photo

More on the dress from the Palace news release:

The wedding dress is made from pleated silk organza with appliquéd ivory-coloured Chantilly lace. The upper section of the bodice is lace with a deep-cut back. Narrow vertical pleats open up from the accentuated waist, above the wide skirt, which ends with a four-metre-long train.

Ewa-Marie Rundquist, The Royal Court

Ewa-Marie Rundquist, The Royal Court

It was a beautiful look. The designer has also created gowns for many other notable brides, including the afore-mentioned Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece and actress Anne Hathaway.

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Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum Archive

Marie-Chantal shared a photo of herself on Instagram with Mr. Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti, his partner, as they flew to Stockholm.

Marie-Chantal Instagram

Marie-Chantal Instagram

Both bride and groom looked beyond happy.

Janerik Henriksson/Scanpix via Swedish Royal Court

Janerik Henriksson/Scanpix via Swedish Royal Court

They beamed throughout the ceremony.

Swedish Royal Court/ Anders Wiklund-Scanpix

Swedish Royal Court/ Anders Wiklund-Scanpix

One of the official photos.

Ewa-Marie Rundquist/Kungahuset.se

Ewa-Marie Rundquist/Kungahuset.se

And another.

Ewa-Marie Rundquist/Kungahuset.se

Ewa-Marie Rundquist/Kungahuset.se

Here you see the younger members of the bridal party with the couple.

Ewa-Marie Rundquist/Kungahuset.se

Ewa-Marie Rundquist/Kungahuset.se

The young bridal attendants carried Lily of the Valley. Floral decorations were inspired by an early Swedish summer, more from the Royal Swedish Court:

The colour scheme for the decorations is light green, white and pink, using beech leaves, cow parsley, pink and white peonies, white lilacs, foxgloves, delphiniums and lilies of the valley.

The bride’s bouquet.

Swedish Royal Court

Swedish Royal Court

After the ceremony Princess Madeleine and Mr. O’Neill proceeded by cortège to a location where where they boarded a boat for the reception.

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Arriving at Drottningholm Palace for the reception, you can just about see the boat in the background.

Jonas Ekströmer/Scanpix via Swedish Royal Court

Jonas Ekströmer/Scanpix via Swedish Royal Court

The Princess changed into another gown for the reception, it is a Nina Ricci creation worn by her mother to the Nobel Prize Awards in 2001. Madeleine also changed her hairstyle, wearing it down from the elegant updo seen at the ceremony.

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Nobel Media AB 2006

And the song chosen for the couple’s first dance? Mr. Bojangles.

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Gowns and Crowns at Sweden’s Royal Wedding

Hello-Hello, and welcome to a special weekend edition of the Princess blog, sharing images from today’s royal wedding in Stockholm. When last we chatted, guests were heading off to the dinner in honor of Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria and her betrothed, Daniel Westling.

After dinner everyone headed over to the Royal Concert Hall for a gala concert; the Princess and her fiancée made a dramatic entrance onto the stage.

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The concert is said to have been quite a celebration for the 32-year-old Princess and 36-year-old commoner.

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Back to today’s events: below we see, Prince Albert of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock on their way to the wedding ceremony.

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England was represented by Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex; apparently some in Sweden felt snubbed by Prince William’s decision to attend the World Cup as opposed to the wedding.

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Prince Frederik and Princess Mary of Denmark on the left, Margarethe II and Prince Henrik of Denmark are on the right.

Vivid colors were selected by many attending today’s ceremonies; below left, Queen Sonja and King Harald of Norway, and on the right, Mr. Westling’s sister, Anna Westling Blom, and partner Mikael Soederstroem.

Next, Norway’s Prince Haakon and Princess Mette Marit (L), along with Princess Martha Louise and husband Mr Ari Behn (R).

Groom Daniel Westling and best man and brother of the bride Carl Philip of Sweden. Remember, this has not been an easy path for Mr. Westling. Here is part of today’s story in the Telegraph:

“When he first appeared on the pages of the Swedish news papers in 2002 many were horrified at his casual appearance. Even worse, apparently, was his thick, rural accent which was mocked among the Crown Princess’s circle.

But their relationship, though stormy at times, survived – despite the King’s anger. He had hoped his daughter would marry a blue-blooded royal.

When it became clear Victoria was prepared to defy her father he capitulated… “

A bit more on the groom’s preparations for royal life from an AOL story:

“In January, Westling began an intensive training program aimed at preparing him for royal life and his new responsibilities as half of “the crown princess couple.” Earlier this month, he was granted his own coat of arms.

Below left we see the groom’s parents, and on the right, Queen Silvia, mother of the bride, and the bride’s sister, 28-year-old Crown Princess Madeleine, whose own engagement was broken off in April.

Tighter shots of both ladies, wearing what we would categorize as very. serious. accessories.

From AOL’s news story on the wedding:

“Victoria has decided to dispense with adult bridesmaids. Instead, she will be attended by 10 young pages and flower girls. Among them will be three future monarchs: 6-year-old Princess Catharina-Amalia, future queen of the Netherlands; 6-year-old Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway, future queen of Norway; and 6-year-old Prince Christian, future king of Denmark. Victoria is godmother to all three youngsters.”

Here are some of those attendants, Page Boys Ian De Geer, Prince Christian, flower girls Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Princess Catharina-Amalia, Vera Blom and Leopold Sommerlath.

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Three more attendants, Vivien Sommerlath, Giulia Sommerlath and Hedvig Blom, all of them lovely.

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The person everyone wanted to see, Princess Victoria and her father, King Carl Gustaf.

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The bride’s decision to have her father escort her down the aisle was controversial.

“So far, the biggest controversy surrounding the nuptials has come from Victoria’s stated desire to have her father walk her down the aisle. In Sweden, it’s customary for the bride and groom to walk down the aisle together. Several members of the clergy took issue with Victoria’s choice, arguing that the princess should follow her country’s tradition instead of opting for a British or American custom.”

Her gown was designed by Pär Engsheden, made of pearl white silk duchesse, and described in news releases as short-sleeved with an external collar.

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Her veil was Queen Sofia’s lace veil, also worn by the Queen Silvia at her and the King’s wedding.

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Her bouquet, a mixture of traditional Swedish flowers.

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Her cameo tiara is a story unto itself, more from AOL:

“Once owned by Napoleon’s Empress Josephine, it came to the Swedish royal family when Josephine’s granddaughter Josefina married the future King Oscar I in 1823. The pearl-covered diadem, heightened by seven cameos depicting mythological figures, has become traditional bridal headgear in the House of Bernadotte. Victoria’s mother, Queen Silvia, wore it on her own wedding day on June 19, 1976.”

Back to the ceremony at Stockholm Cathedral, with this from the Stockholm News:

“Both the bride and the groom had tears in their eyes when they promised each other eternal loyalty.”

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If this bride isn’t beaming, we don’t know who is.

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The couple’s official titles are now Princess Victoria of Sweden, Duchess of Västergötland, and Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland.

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Afterward, a thank you to the crowd.

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And royal smiles all around from guests.

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Queen Rania of Jordan, Princess Sophie and Queen Margarethe.

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Also celebrating, Crown Prince Philippe of Belgium, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan.

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Princess Mathilde of Belgium and Spain’s Princess Letizia.

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Crowds waiting to see the couple were estimated at 500,000.

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And then it was on to the wedding banquet, below we see the Princess and her father, the King.

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Hopefully this will be a real-life fairy tale where everyone lives happily ever after.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a redacted version of our post, edited to correct the title of Sophie, Countess of Wessex. (We incorrectly wrote ‘Princess Sophie’.) Our thanks to Gerry for so graciously letting us know about the mistake. 🙂

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