Princess Madeleine of Sweden tied the knot this past Saturday with her New Yorker, banker boyfriend, Christopher O’Neil, in a super lavish ceremony attended by European royals, American socialists, and everyone in between. And my goodness! Check out that dress!
According to People, we’re looking at one heck of a Valentino creation here; it’s made of ivory lace and features a full skirt with a whopping four-meter long train. Tiny vertical pleats emphasize the bride’s waist, and her tiara and six-meter-long Chantilly lace veil were adorned with fresh orange blossoms. Yowza! Here’s a peek at the design sketch:
Said Valentino Garavani himself, “Working with Princess Madeleine has just been so easy. She is a very lovely girl. She is modern, fun, full of energy and enthusiasm, and she is so beautiful. It has been a pleasure and an honor.
Princess Madeleine and Christopher both live in New York; they were introduced by mutual friends in the city, and were first spotted having lunch together at the Central Park Boathouse in January of 2011. They announced their engagement in October 2012. Madeleine is the youngest child of Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia (she’s got two older siblings, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Carl Philip) and fourth in line for the throne. Christopher is the head of research and a partner at the hedge fund Noster Capital.
The wedding featured hymns sung both in Swedish and English, as well as performances by Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson and the current star of Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera, Peter Joback; guests included royalty like Princess Takamado of Japan, upper crust society members like Cadbury chocolate heir Joel Cadbury, and (somewhat unexpectedly) celebrities like Duran Duran band member John Taylor. Christopher said his vows in English, while the Princess said hers in Swedish. Awww!
Congratulations to the happy couple!
Tell us: Which royal wedding dress wins the top prize in your book, Kate Middleton’s or Princess Madeleine’s?
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.
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