The secrets behind Princess Madeleine's wedding pictures

Following their breathtakingly beautiful nuptials in Stockholm's Royal Chapel on Saturday afternoon, Princess Madeleine and her husband Chris O'Neill were captured on camera for their official royal wedding photographs. 

The man controlling the proceedings – tasked with capturing the union of the Bernadotte and O'Neill families on the King's daughter's special day – had set aside 50 minutes for the shoot.

Surprisingly, though, the shoot "was actually faster than I thought," master of ceremonies Jan Warren told the Expressen. "(It) took a quarter of an hour, twenty minutes."


Princess Madeleine wedding


"I had put labels on the floor so everyone knew where they would be," revealed Jan, explaining the perfect pose of the whole family as they stand side by side in all of their finery and splendor in the atrium of the royal palace's library, directly after the ceremony.  

Another key factor in the speedy photoshoot may well have to do with the help he enlisted from the father of the bride.

"I received help from the King himself. He was my assistant… and helped to ensure that people were in place, taking them one by one and putting them in the right place," said Jan, who was encharged with helping photographer Ewa-Marie Rundquist get perfect snaps of the Swedish royal family.


One person who was missing from the official pictures was Princess Victoria's daughter, Estelle, who was too tired.

"Estelle was talented and was at the ceremony, much more than we thought she would cope. We didn't think she would attend the entire wedding ceremony, but she did," said Jan.

The appearace of Prince Carl Philip's beard in the photos has been debated since his sister's wedding because it appears  to be darker than it was on the actual wedding day.

That's "due to the light", Jan explained, putting the more visible beard down to how the light falls.


Although the photos were taken in the afternoon after the Swedish Princess's wedding ceremony, the time displayed on the camera's screen said they had been taken at 10.00am, leading some to believe that the shots were taken before the ceremony.

The photographer Ewa-Marie cleared up the mystery – "My camera was set on Mexican time."

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