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John Taylor of Duran Duran and his wife Gela Nash. Photo:  AP/Soren Andersson

John Taylor of Duran Duran and his wife Gela Nash. Photo: AP/Soren Andersson

Christopher O'Neill and Princess Madeleine of Sweden. Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images

Christopher O'Neill and Princess Madeleine of Sweden. Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images

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John Taylor of Duran Duran and his wife Gela Nash. Photo: AP/Soren Andersson

SWEDISH Princess Madeleine fell in love in the Big Apple.

Now she has said "yes" to New York banker Christopher O'Neill in a lavish and emotional wedding ceremony in Stockholm.

Madeleine (30) was wearing a stunning silk organza dress with a lace top and 13ft trail, designed by Valentino Garavani, when she tied the knot with British-American O'Neill. Around 470 European royals, top New York socialites and celebrities were in attendance.

 

Tears

The 38-year-old O'Neill fought back tears as the princess walked down the aisle with her father, King Carl XVI Gustaf, to a traditional Swedish wedding march performed by a children's choir. The bride and groom were visibly moved as the ceremony proceeded with hymns in both Swedish and English, and performances by Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson and Broadway's Phantom Of The Opera star Peter Joback.

With a smile on her face, Madeleine read out the wedding vows in Swedish while O'Neill read his in English in the Royal Chapel, decorated with typical Swedish summer flowers. After the wedding, the couple kissed on the steps of the palace in front of a cheering crowd of several thousand who had gathered in the sunshine waving Swedish flags.

Madeleine is the youngest of Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia's three children and fourth in line to the throne. She became known as Sweden's party princess in her early 20s, when she was frequently spotted at Stockholm's high-end nightclubs, and has attracted widespread attention for her stylish clothes.

O'Neill, who was born into a wealthy family, holds dual American and British citizenship, and has declined a royal rank in Sweden, which would have required him to become a Swedish citizen.

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