Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, 36, and Sofia Hellqvist, 30, tied the knot last June 13, 2015 at the Stockholm's royal palace in Sweden. The wedding was attended by most members of European royalty. Britain was represented by Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, and his wife, Sophie, the Countess of Wessex.
Sofia Hellqvist and Prince Carl Philip of Sweden.
Photo from the Daily Mail UK
Norway's Queen Sonja attended with her son, Prince Haakon, and Haakon's wife, Mette Marit. Denmark's Queen Margrethe, who is first cousin of the groom's father, King Carl XVI Gustav, attended with her son, Crown Prince Frederick, and daughter-in-law, Crown Princess Mary. Other prominent royal guests were Queen Maxima of the Netherlands and Queen Mathilde of Belgium. It is a little bit surprising that none of the Spanish royal family members attended the ceremony and so with the Monegasque royals and the Luxembourgian royals.
The newly wed with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Eric Hellqvist and the
King and Queen of Sweden. Photo from the Daily Mail UK
The royal couple with their siblings
Carl Philip's choice of a partner attracted controversies in 2010 when he began dating Sofia. The woman, not only commoner, but also a controversial figure. She once posed half-naked in a magazine photo shoot and admitted to have "making out" with an American porn star. She also starred in a reality TV show in Sweden where she engaged in a heated argument with another fellow contestant. Something unheard for a wife of a European prince.
Sofia wore a couture lace gown in three shades of white with a hand-cut long train held in place by an elegant tiara surrounded with delicate diamond and emerald stones. This jewelry piece looked like part of the Crown heirloom. Upon marriage, Sofia was conferred with the title of Princess which allowed her to be addressed as Princess Sofia publicly.
And so...even a woman with a racy and unconventional past is now free to dream to scale the ancient castle and became a fairy tale princess. The choice of a spouse of the European royals in the 21st century eroded the prestige of the crown that the term "royalty" almost has no meaning to the modern world.