Princess Madeleine's wedding dress designer confirmed
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It has been confirmed that Princess Madeleine of Sweden will wear Valentino when she weds her financier love Chris O'Neill on Saturday in Stockholm.
The Swedish palace revealed that the Italian fashion house has created a bespoke bridal dress for the royal.
With so many designers, and styles, to choose from, speculation was at an all-time high as to what the royal bride will wear.
But the bets were on Valentino, who isn't new to dressing the bride of a royal wedding – he designed both Maxima of the Netherlands and Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece's wedding gowns.
Madeleine is choosing a foreign designer, as her mother before her did – Queen Silvia wed in a creation by Dior – rather than a Swedish couturier like her sister Crown Princess Victoria, who married Daniel Westling in a dress created by Par Engsheden.
By wearing Valentino, Madeleine will also be following in the footsteps of a handful of celebrities and fellow royalty who have tied the knot in the Italian fashion house's wares.
For her big day, Anne Hathaway wore an ivory silk tulle dress by Valentino, with a train embroidered with satin flowers and hand-painted with a soft pink hue.
Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece sported a pearl-encrusted ivory silk wedding gown when she wed Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece in 1995
What's more, Jennifer Aniston is expected to wed Justin Theroux in a bespoke Valentino creation later this year. Valentino is known for their stunning bridal creations.
Meanwhile, Chris O'Neill showed just how devoted he is to his bride-to-be when he kissed Madeleine's hand on Thursday, the country's National Day.
The Princess, dressed in traditional Swedish folkdräkt – the traditional flower-embroidered pinafore worn over a white blouse – and Chris were openly affectionate throughout the day, with just two days to go until their wedding.
They held hands at every opportunity on what was the last National Day for Madeleine as an officially single lady and the first for Chris since proposing to the Princess.
Madeleine, 30, spent the traditional day of fun close by her soon-to-be-husband's side. The pair rode in a carriage with Madeleine's parents King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, waving to throngs of celebratory crowds.
They sat next to Prince Carl Philip during the speeches and musical performances, holding hands and leaning towards each other continuously to speak into one another's ear when Madeleine may have been translating, as her American partner does not yet speak Swedish.
Chris was handsome in a black suit and violet tie with a white handkerchief showing in his top pocket and looked smitten during the public proceedings.
The couple, due to marry on Saturday 8 June in a 4pm ceremony in the Royal Palace's chapel, joined the rest of Sweden's royal family for the day of celebrations at Skansen in Stockholm.
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