Princess Madeleine marries Chris O'Neill in moving wedding ceremony
The nation rejoiced as Princess Madeleine of Sweden married her American love Chris O'Neill in a magnificent wedding ceremony at the glorious Royal Chapel at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.
The bride was breathtakingly beautiful in a pleated silk organza gown with ivory-coloured Chantilly lace detailing by Valentino.
Her dazzling tiara was softened with sprigs of orange blossom, in keeping with the ceremony's summer meadow theme, which was evident in the chapel's beautiful floral decorations.
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The Princess's now husband, American financier Chris, was overcome with emotion and struggled to hold back the tears as he waited at the altar, watching his beautiful bride glide towards him accompanied by her proud father King Carl XVI Gustaf.
Close to the couple were Prince Daniel and his wife, the bride's sister, Princess Victoria of Sweden who read during the ceremony. The couple's adorable one-year-old daughter Princess Estelle sat contentedly throughout the service.
The newlyweds looked blissfully happy throughout the touching service, which was conducted in both Swedish and English against the stunning backdrop of the 13th century chapel.
Adorning the chapel were beech leaves, cow parsley, pink and white peonies, white lilacs, foxgloves, delphiniums and lilies of the valley, all in keeping with the pale pink, green and white colour scheme, inspired by the natural beauty of the early summer in Sweden.
To the left of the altar stood Princess Hedvig Elisabeth Charlotta's magnificent 1778 crown. The dazzling diadem, with its gleaming array of precious stones and pearls, stood at the baptismal font when Princess Madeleine was christened as a baby.
Rousing hymns, prayers and sermons saw many of the guests shed a tear, overwhelmed by the emotion and joy of the nuptials.
All of the guests, including a large number of European royals, rose for the couple's vows with the minister addressing Madeleine by her full name, Madeleine Thérèse Amelie Josephine, and Chris as Christopher Paul O'Neill. The couple looked intently into one another's eyes and exchanged smiles as they made history in becoming man and wife.
The British-born groom was overcome with emotion for a second time as he and Madeleine stood at the altar but visibly relaxed and smiled widely once the official procedure was complete.
The service was officiated by The Right Reverend Lars-Göran Lönnermark, the Royal Court Chief Chaplain.
And 45 minutes after the ceremony began, Madeleine and Chris were proclaimed husband and wife. The end of the ceremony was marked by a 21-gun salute which was fired at five second intervals from Skeppsholmen, one of Stockholm's many islands.
The beaming husband and wife, who were engaged in October 2012, strode out of the chapel hand in hand and to the delight of the thousands of Swedes who had gathered nearby, they shared their first, second and third kiss as a married couple and waved graciously to the crowds.
An open top horse-drawn carriage took the happy couple through Gamla Stan, the charming medieval old town, to the stunning harbour. The streets were lined with well-wishers warmly applauding the newlyweds and a sea of the country's blue and yellow flags waved them along the route.
The same royal barge used by the princess's older sister Victoria at her wedding two years ago to Daniel Westling took them across the harbour to Drottningholm Palace where they will celebrate their nuptials at an special evening reception hosted by the King and Queen of Sweden at their private residence. There, no fewer than 350 guests will party the night away in the Palace's magnificent apartments.
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