The Wedding of Princess Madeleine and Christopher O’Neill

Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Mr. Christopher O'Neill.
Image credit: kungahuset.se

Sweden buzzed in excitement during the wedding of Princess Madeleine and Mr. Christopher O’Neill at the Royal Chapel of the Royal Palace in Stockholm, 4 pm of June 8, 2013. A day before, a private dinner was hosted by King Carl XVI and Queen Sonja for invited guests at the Grand Hotel.

The wedding was officiated by the Chief Court Chaplain of the Royal Court and Bishop Emeritus Lars-Göran Lönnermark and Vicar of the Royal Court, Court Chaplain Michael Bjerkhagen.

The bride and groom proceeded outside the South Gate, where well-wishing onlookers had the chance to catch a glimpse of the couple.

A 21-gun salute was fired at five-second intervals from Skeppsholmen in honor of the newly-married couple, after which, the royal couple, members of the entourage and guests proceeded to the Drottningholm Palace for the wedding banquet.

Aside from the members of the Swedish Royal Family, royals from all over the world also graced the occasion. Among the visitors invited were:

The Crown Prince and Princess of Denmark
Prince Joachim and Princess Marie of Denmark
Prince Nicholaus and Princess Tatiana
Princess Theodora of Greece
Prince Philippos of Greece
The Crown Prince and Princess of Greece
Princess Takamado of Japan
The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg
Prince Guillaume and Princess Stephanie of Luxembourg
Princess Charlene of Monaco
The Crown Prince and Princess of Norway
Princess Martha Louise of Norway and Mr. Ari Behn
The Earl and Countess of Wessex
Princess Benedikte of Denmark
Prince Manuel and Princess Anna of Bavaria
Hereditary Prince and Princess of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
Prince Andreas of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
Prince Leopold and Princess Ursula of Bavaria

Wedding cortege

The bride and groom rode a horse-drawn carriage, which took them from the Royal Palace to Riddarholmen. The cortège left the Royal Palace of Stockholm at exactly 3:50.

The cortège moved past the Outer Courtyard and along Slottsbacken, Skeppsbron, Strömbron, Strömgatan, Norrbro, Slottskajen, Myntgatan and Wrangelska Backen to Evert Taubes Terrass on Riddarholmen.  From their, the bride and groom and their invited guests took a boat ride to Drottningholm Palace.The Swedish Armed Forces paraded along the route of the cortège and on arrival at Drottningholm.


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