Fairy tales are made of this: Princess Madeleine, the 30-year-old daughter of Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, beams after saying Saturday to British-American financier Chris O’Neill, her boyfriend of less than two years, in a lavish and emotional ceremony at Stockholm’s Royal Palace.
TRAIN OF THOUGHT
When you’ve got a breathtaking 13-foot train, a girl doesn’t mind a little help! A pair of footmen gives the bride, in a custom silk-and-lace Valentino gown, an assist as she and her new hubby make their way down the aisle.
What nerves? The British-born financier, 38, calmly slips a wedding band on his almost-wife’s finger as 470 European royals and New York’s high society watch on. Madeleine, the youngest of King Carl and Queen Silvia’s three children and fourth in line to the throne, met O’Neill, a partner at the hedge fund Noster Capital, through mutual friends in New York.
As thousands of fans and uniformed soldiers line the parade route, the newlyweds wave to jubilant onlookers from a horse-and-carriage after the ceremony.
Crowning achievement: A regal Queen Silvia, the mother of the bride, keeps son, Prince Carl Philip, close as they head to her youngest daughter’s wedding.
MAN OF THE CLOTH
Valentino Garavani, who created the bride’s sumptuous confection, wears white tie and tails to the ultra-formal wedding. The veteran fashion designer called the princess “modern, fun, full of energy and enthusiasm…[Working with her] has been a pleasure and an honor.”
The bride’s older sister, Princess Victoria, and hubby Prince Daniel, get kissy-face with 13-month-old daughter Estelle during the festivities. Just three years ago, the Swedish public witnessed the even more extravagant wedding of Crown Princess Victoria, who is first in the line of succession, to her longtime boyfriend and former personal trainer.
Now you’re cooking! Next Iron Chef All Star Marcus Samuelsson, who was raised in Sweden, and wife Maya, get an up close look at the nuptials. “What a wedding,” he Tweeted, “thanks for inviting us.”
Greece’s Crown Princess Marie-Chantal, who had her own over-the-top wedding 18 years ago, walks the white carpet with hubby Crown Prince Pavlos.
Princess Charlene, the wife of Monaco’s Prince Albert who recently graced the cover of Vogue Nippon, makes a dazzling entrance in a fitted strapless gown.
In tiara and sash, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, makes an elegant entrance as she arrives to the wedding with husband Prince Edward of England.