Wednesday 26 April 2017

Former reality TV star becomes a Princess after fairytale royal wedding in Sweden

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

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - JUNE 13: Prince Carl Philip of Sweden is seen with his new wife Princess Sofia of Sweden after their marriage ceremony on June 13, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - JUNE 13: Prince Carl Philip of Sweden is seen with his new wife Princess Sofia of Sweden after their marriage ceremony on June 13, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - JUNE 13: Prince Carl Philip of Sweden is seen with his new wife Princess Sofia of Sweden after their marriage ceremony on June 13, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - JUNE 13: Prince Carl Philip of Sweden is seen with his new wife Princess Sofia of Sweden after their marriage ceremony on June 13, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Edward (R), Earl of Wessex, and his wife, Britain's Sophie, Countess of Wessex, arrive for the wedding of Sweden's Crown Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist at the Royal Chapel at Stockholm Palace on June 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - JUNE 13: Princess Sofia of Sweden and Prince Carl Philip of Sweden are congratulated by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden after their marriage ceremony on June 13, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Ragnar Singsaas/Getty Images)
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - JUNE 13: Princess Maria Christina of the Netherlands and Tord Magnuson attend the royal wedding of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Sofia Hellqvist at The Royal Palace on June 13, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Ragnar Singsaas/Getty Images)
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - JUNE 13: (L-R) King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, his wife Queen Silvia of Sweden, Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Princess Sofia of Sweden, and her parents Marie Hellqvist and Erik Hellqvist stand in the middle on the stairs greeting the crowds in front of The Royal Palace on June 13, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Ragnar Singsaas/Getty Images)
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - JUNE 13: Queen Sonja of Norway(L) and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands (R) depart after the royal wedding of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Sofia Hellqvist on June 13, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - JUNE 13: King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and Queen Silvia of Sweden seen departing after marriage ceremony on June 13, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - JUNE 13: Princess Madeleine of Sweden, her husband Christopher O'Neill and their daughter Princess Leonore depart after the royal wedding of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Sofia Hellqvist on June 13, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - JUNE 13: King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and Queen Silvia of Sweden seen departing after marriage ceremony on June 13, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - JUNE 13: Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and her husband Prince Daniel of Sweden depart after the royal wedding of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Sofia Hellqvist on June 13, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - JUNE 13: (L-R) King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, his wife Queen Silvia of Sweden, Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Princess Sofia of Sweden, and her parents Marie Hellqvist and Erik Hellqvist stand in the middle on the stairs greeting the crowds in front of The Royal Palace on June 13, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Ragnar Singsaas/Getty Images)
Princess Sofia and Prince Carl Philip attend the wedding dinner in the Royal Palace in Stockholm afterafter their wedding at Stockholm Palace on June 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY / ANDERS WIKLUND +++ SWEDEN OUT +++ANDERS WIKLUND/AFP/Getty Images
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - JUNE 13: Sister of the bride Sara Hellqvist (L), her partner Oskar Bergman (2ndL), Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden (2ndR)and her husband Prince Daniel of Sweden (R) depart after the royal wedding of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Sofia of Sweden at The Royal Palace on June 13, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - JUNE 13: Erik Hellqvist and his wife Maria Hellqvist depart after the royal wedding of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Sofia Hellqvist on June 13, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - JUNE 13: Princess Madeleine of Sweden, her husband Christopher O'Neill and their daughter Princess Leonore attend the royal wedding of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Sofia Hellqvist at The Royal Palace on June 13, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - JUNE 13: Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and HRH Princess Sofia, Duchess of Varmland ride in the wedding cortege after their marriage ceremony on June 13, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Ragnar Singsaas/Getty Images)
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - JUNE 13: Mounted royal guards wait for the departue of the royal horse carriage after the marriage ceremony of Prince Carl Philip And Princess Sofia Of Sweden on June 13, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Ragnar Singsaas/Getty Images)
TOPSHOTS Princess Estelle waves to the crowds held by her father Sweden's Prince Daniel, next to Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria outside the Stockholm Palace after the wedding ceremony of Sweden's Crown Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia on June 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - JUNE 13: Prince Carl Philip of Sweden is seen with his new wife Princess Sofia of Sweden after their marriage ceremony at The Royal Palace on June 13, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - JUNE 13: Prince Carl Philip of Sweden places one hand on the crown as he chats with his sister, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, after his marriage ceremony to Princess Sofia, at The Royal Palace on June 13, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. In 1980, Sweden became the first monarchy to change its succession rites so that the first-born child of the monarch is heir to the throne, regardless of gender. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - JUNE 13: Prince Carl Philip of Sweden places one hand on the crown as he chats with his sister, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, after his marriage ceremony to Princess Sofia, at The Royal Palace on June 13, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. In 1980, Sweden became the first monarchy to change its succession rites so that the first-born child of the monarch is heir to the throne, regardless of gender. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - JUNE 13: Prince Carl Philip of Sweden is seen with his new wife Princess Sofia of Sweden after their marriage ceremony at The Royal Palace on June 13, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - JUNE 13: Prince Carl Philip of Sweden is seen with his new wife Princess Sofia of Sweden after their marriage ceremony at The Royal Palace on June 13, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - JUNE 13: Prince Carl Philip of Sweden kisses his new wife Princess Sofia of Sweden after their marriage ceremony at The Royal Palace on June 13, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - JUNE 13: Prince Carl Philip of Sweden is seen with his new wife Princess Sofia of Sweden after their marriage ceremony at The Royal Palace on June 13, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - JUNE 13: Prince Carl Philip of Sweden is seen with his new wife Princess Sofia of Sweden after their marriage ceremony at The Royal Palace on June 13, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - JUNE 13: Prince Carl Philip of Sweden is seen with his new wife Princess Sofia of Sweden after their marriage ceremony at The Royal Palace on June 13, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - JUNE 13: Prince Carl Philip of Sweden is seen with his new wife Princess Sofia of Sweden after their marriage ceremony at The Royal Palace on June 13, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
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Sweden's Prince Carl Philip married former model and reality TV star Sofia Hellqvist in the chapel of the royal palace in Stockholm on Saturday.

The 36-year-old prince, third in line to the throne, was visibly nervous during the ceremony, 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.

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.

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

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