A ROYAL SHOWDOWN
Prince Carl Philip married former reality TV star Princess Sofia in Stockholm on Saturday, and the wedding was full of pomp, circumstance, and a few unconventional touches. While their nuptials may have slightly deviated from the norm, we couldn’t help but notice the similarities between this weekend’s Swedish party and that other major royal event – Prince William and Princess Kate‘s 2011 wedding. Keep reading to see how Carl Philip and Sofia’s event stacked up against Will and Kate.
One of the most obvious similarities between the two weddings was the dress. Sofia’s white silk and lace gown by Swedish designer Ida Sjöstedt bore a striking resemblance to Kate’s now iconic Alexander McQueen frock. Both featured long lace sleeves, a deep v-neck and a solid white bodice underneath. They also featured long trains, although both avoided the yards-long Princess Diana-esque cathedral train.
Seeing as how both Kate and Sofia are from non-royal backgrounds, they probably didn’t have any tiaras in their jewelry box for their big day. In both cases, the groom’s family stepped in to help out the royal bride, with Queen Elizabeth II loaning Kate (which originally belonged to the Queen Mother) and King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia actually gifting Sofia with a brand new tiara made out of diamonds and emeralds.
THE GROOM'S UNIFORM
Like any good prince, both Carl and William served in their country’s military, which means it’s only appropriate that they would wear a dress uniform for such a major occasion. While William served with the Royal Air Force, he went with the red tunic of the Irish Guards for his wedding day after he was given an honorary colonel title for the regiment shortly before his wedding. Meanwhile, as a major in the Swedish Navy, Carl Philip wore the distinctive traditional dress uniform, complete with a snappy hat and white gloves.
THE NOT-SO-EASY RING EXCHANGE
Not all weddings go smoothly – even for the royals! Both William and Carl Philip had a little bit of trouble when it came to placing a wedding ring on their bride’s hand during the vow exchange. William tried his best to downplay the fact he had to push Kate’s wedding ring rather roughly over her knuckle while Carl Philip smiled nervously (and caused Sofia to giggle) when he had to use two hands to get her ring on her finger.
THE BALCONY KISS
What’s a royal wedding without a balcony kiss? Both William and Carl Philip introduced their new brides to the public outside of their families’ royal palaces – and sealed their love with a major public smooch. While the English royals didn’t make any speeches during their Buckingham Palace balcony moment, the Swedes said a few words to the crowd before heading off to their reception dinner. Either way, both made for picture-perfect moments!
THE CARRIAGE RIDE
After their nuptials, both couples celebrated in a very royal way – with a carriage ride! While returning to Buckingham Palace, Will and Kate rode in the open-topped 1902 State Landau carriage which was originally built for the coronation of King Edward VII. Carl Philip and Sofia chose to ride in the Swedish royal family’s No. 3 Gala-Barouches, which is used for all royal weddings.