Major Tears, Romance and ... a Pop Rock Cake?! 5 Reasons Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia Had the Best Royal Wedding in History
The Swedish royal couple will celebrated their first anniversary on Monday
Monday will mark new parents Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden’s first wedding anniversary, which means that it’s the perfect time to look back at the charming royal couple’s magical wedding day. While Prince William and Princess Kate‘s grand 2011 wedding will always hold a special place in our hearts, Carl Philip and Sofia’s big day also had all the makings of a fairy tale: a jaw-droppingly handsome prince; a beautiful, down-to-earth bride and a mile-long list of international royal guests. And while the affair was big on sumptuous details, it also had just the right amount of fun to make it a royal wedding to remember.
Read of for our five favorite moments from the big day!
1. The Wedding Was Surprisingly Chill
The ceremony included renditions of Coldplay’s “Fix You” and Rihanna‘s “Umbrella,” and the couple left the church hand-in-hand to a rousing gospel rendition of “Joyful, Joyful,” based on Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. The ceremony itself, which was broadcast on Swedish TV, was full of lighthearted moments, including members of the royal family giving the thumbs up and the groom sticking out his tongue.
And, while the very long list of international royals arrived to the nuptials in private cars, some wedding guests were spotted arriving to the ceremony on a public bus!
2. Carl Philip Messed Up the Ring
Prince William wasn’t the only royal prince to have a hard time putting a wedding ring on his bride! Carl Philip adorably struggled while slipping on Sofia’s ring during the big moment, causing the couple to burst into giggles. When he finally got it on, Sofia gave Carl Philip a sweet reassuring smile. Watch the vow exchange and the cute moment below.
3. Their Cake Was Made with Pop Rocks
When it comes to unconventional wedding treats, Carl Philip and Sofia’s wedding cake takes the well, you know how that goes. Pastry Chef Roy Fares told SVT (via Expressen) that Carl Philip only had one request for his wedding cake – it needed to have Pop Rocks. The confection, which also included layers of strawberry, rhubarb and pistachio, was set up on various levels of tiers on an abstract silver design. Each floating layer of the cake was also set off by colorful lights in the center under peach and clear roses created out of spun sugar. (Unconventional cakes are popular among the Swedish royal family – Carl Philip’s younger sister Princess Madeleine skipped the traditional cake for her big day in 2013 for a giant pyramid made out of 700 macarons.)
The couple used a giant sword to cut their Pop Rocks-infused creation, and Sofia even softly exclaimed “yay!” after making the first cut.
4. Carl Philip Was Overcome with Emotion During Sofia’s Speech
During the wedding reception, Carl Philip gave a heartfelt speech to Sofia (which he had practiced ahead of time for hours) and Sofia returned the favor with a short speech of her own. After being introduced as “the happiest girl in the world,” Sofia said a few words to introduce a love song that she had written for Carl Philip and was performed by a small group of musicians. The handsome prince could barely contain his tears while listening to the song and kept looking lovingly into his bride’s eyes. Cue the sighs of millions of women around the world
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5. Their First Dance Was Seriously Romantic
The royal couple had their first dance to “Sofias brudvals” by Per Bredhammar. While the song sounds tailor-made for the wedding (the title translates to “Sofia’s bridal waltz”) it was actually written in 2014, one year before the nuptials. The tune is from the perspective of a couple on their wedding day, just after they have exchanged their vows. The Swedish song begins, “Darling, the hard part is over/ Rings and vows to remember/ Honey, we passed the test and now the feast awaits/ So smile and try to relax.”
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During their traditional waltz, Carl Philip even gave Sofia a few spins on the dance floor, which was greeted with cheers from the guests. The newlyweds were then joined by their parents, with King Carl XVI Gustaf dancing with Sofia’s mom, Marie Hellqvist, and Queen Silvia taking a spin around the dance floor with Sofia’s dad, Erik Hellqvist. Sofia then asked the other guests to join them, holding onto Carl Philip’s hand while spinning around the floor and motioning for everyone to start dancing.