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Princess Madeleine follows family wedding tradition with seafront carriage procession

Almost four decades after her newlywed parents were conveyed by horse-drawn carriage through the streets to greet their overjoyed people, Princess Madeleine of Sweden and her groom American businessman Chris O'Neill will do the same.  

With an attractive young couple, a tender love story and a ceremony in Stockholm's Royal Chapel Saturday's wedding for the daughter of King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia already had all the ingredients for a truly magical day.

And now more details have been revealed about the parade which will allow well-wishers to congratulate the happy couple and show off one of the city's gem – its picturesque seafront – to the world.

Princess Madeleine

Chris O'Neill and Princess Madeleine

Following the afternoon service, the 30-year-old Princess and her new husband, who proposed with a four-carat diamond last October, will step into the carriage for their ride along a route lined with members of the Swedish Armed Forces.

The procession will take them through the cobbled streets of Gamla Stan, the medieval old town before ending up at the harbour. From there the couple will take a boat to a lavish evening reception at Madeleine's birthplace, Drottningholm Palace.

Similar scenes took place when her older sister Crown Princess Victoria wed Daniel Westling – though at four miles, their route was longer, allowing some 500,000 people to greet their future Queen and her husband.


Route of their wedding procession

As jets flew overhead, the heiress to the throne and her consort were then conveyed over the water by a gilt longboat powered by 18 oarsmen. This was the same barge that Madeleine and Victoria's parents took on their wedding day in 1976.

Some 37 years on, the proud mother and father will be the hosts at the dinner dance for their youngest daughter in Drottningholm Palace's White Sea Hall.

The Palace has particular significance for Madeleine, also titled the Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland, because it's where she made her entrance into the world.

"It means a lot to me, because I was born and raised there," she has said.

Madeleine's parents on the day of their nuptials in 1976

In 2010, Victoria's groom delighted by guests with a speech in Swedish and English, detailing how his royal love had once stayed up all night writing him 30 love letters – one for every day she would be away on an overseas tour.

It remains to be seen what Chris, 38, has to say about his bride on the day of their nuptials. Certainly their romance has been the making of Madeleine, who has been positively glowing in recent months after what she described as "a very difficult period in my life".

Princess Victoria

Her sister Princess Victoria greets crowds from the same barge their parents used

The royal was referring to early 2010, when she fled Sweden for New York after the failure of her eight-year relationship with lawyer Jonas Bergstrom, to whom she was previously engaged. Reports had reached the Princess that he'd apparently been unfaithful.

A few months later friends introduced her to the debonair financier, who was educated in Britain, Switzerland and the US and a new happier chapter began.

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