Sweden’s Royal Weddings: A Guide to Who’s Who and Who Wore What

We obviously love weddings, and when you throw in the word “royal,” our ears perk up even more. We woke up early to watch Kate Middleton marry Prince William at Westminster Abbey and are counting down the days until Prince Harry proposes to Meghan Markle, so that there’s another English royal wedding on the horizon. More recently, however, the Swedish royal family has moved to the forefront with its fair share of illustrious weddings—one was even deemed Europe’s biggest royal wedding since Prince Charles and Princess Diana wed—and an avid Instagram fanbase that reports on their every fashion choice. Led by King Carl XVI Gustaf and his wife, Queen Silvia, the Swedish Royal House of Bernadotte has been in power since 1818. The couple’s three children, Princess Victoria, Prince Carl Philip, and Princess Madeleine each married in lavish weddings that are rich with wardrobe inspiration.

Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling
Princess Victoria is the eldest child and was the very first of her siblings to marry. She met her future husband, Daniel Westling, in 2001 when he became her personal trainer. In February 2009, the two were engaged when he proposed with a modern, round, brilliant-cut diamond solitaire set in white gold on a knife-edge wedding band.

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The engagement lasted a year and four months, with the wedding taking place on—sweetly enough—Princess Victoria’s parents’ 34th wedding anniversary on June 19th, 2010. June 19th is said to be a favorite wedding date in the Swedish Royal Family, as many members have selected it as an homage to Jean Baptiste Jules Bernadotte (from whom the Swedish Royal Family’s house descends), who became heir presumptive to the Swedish throne on this day.

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When she walked down the aisle at the Stockholm Cathedral, which was fully restored for the big day, the bride wore a gown by Swedish designer Par Engsheden made of cream duchess silk satin. The dress boasted a sleek silhouette and a delicate off-the-shoulder neckline. Her lace veil is a precious heirloom and was worn by the princess’s mother, grandmother, and other royal members of the family.

Princess Victoria’s crown is called the “Cameo Tiara,” and it’s a piece that hails back to the Empress Josephine, who was the first wife of Napoleon Bonaparte. Wearing this crown on one’s wedding day is a tradition steeped in Swedish royal history.

Princess Madeleine and Christopher O’Neill
Three years after her sister’s wedding, the youngest child of the King and Queen of Sweden, Princess Madeleine, wed British-born American financier Christopher O’Neill on June 8, 2013, in a yet another major Stockholm event that captured the attention of the world.

The pair met in New York City, after Princess Madeleine moved there in 2010. Within two years, their engagement was announced in October 2012, and she was given an asscher-cut diamond flanked with pavé stones on a thin white gold wedding band.

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The wedding ceremony took place in the Royal Chapel at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, and Princess Madeleine wore Valentino. The wedding dress was made from pleated silk organza with ivory-colored appliqué Chantilly lace. In the back, the bodice forms a daring V, while the front of the dress has a one-shoulder neckline embellished with lace.

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The princess went her own way, and instead of wearing the lace veil and tiara her sister wore, she wore the “Modern Fringe Tiara” and had her veil custom-made, also by Valentino. The bespoke silk organza veil featured point d’esprit dots and Chantilly lace orange blossoms.

Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist
Last but not least, there’s Prince Carl Philip. He’s the second child and only son of King Carl XVI and Queen Silvia and has been captivating audiences for years with his good looks charm. He met his future wife—the equally stunning—Sofia Hellqvist, in April of 2010. The duo dated for four years until they announced their engagement in June of 2014. Prince Carl Philip gave Sofia a round diamond ring with a halo set on a split shank band.

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Another June wedding for the family, Prince Carl Philip and Sofia married on June 13, 2015 in the Royal Chapel at the Royal Palace, echoing Princess Madeleine and Christopher O’Neill’s wedding two years prior.

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The bride wore a gown by Swedish designer Ida Sjöstedt. It featured a V-neckline made from intricate couture lace by Jose María Ruiz with a silk crepe sweetheart bodice underneath. The dress train was hand-cut and hand-stitched in the designer’s atelier in Stockholm. Princess Sofia’s cathedral-length veil was embroidered with designs made of sheer cotton lace. She wore a tiara gifted by the royal family, and it was fastened with diamonds and emeralds and had a delicate honeysuckle motif. If we could do it all over again, this one would feature prominently on our private Pinterest pin board!

Written By: Jehnel Oboza-Davison