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Sweden's Princess Madeleine Marries New York Banker

Sweden's Princess Madeleine Marries New York Banker

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It looks like Kate and Will may have some competition for most picture-perfect royal couple.

On Saturday, Princess Madeleine of Sweden married New York banker Christopher O’Neill in Stockholm. The bride wore a stunning lace Valentino Haute Couture gown with a 6-meter long veil during the ceremony that took place in front of about 470 guests, many of which were royals from neighboring countries and members of New York’s elite.

The wedding festivities continued after the ceremony with a reception in Drottningholm Palace with traditional Swedish food catered by the chef Stefano Catenacci, whom the Swedish website The Local named Swede of the Week earlier this year. Guests were served an extravagant dinner beginning with Swedish delicacies such as Skagen emulsion with rye bread and pickled herring terrine, moving to a main course of roast fillet of veal with carrots and cauliflowers, and finishing the evening with strawberry sorbet and ice cream and Pavlova with Italian Meringue.

The couple met in New York where the Princess relocated after a previous broken engagement in 2010. They were first spotted together in January of 2011 dining at the Central Park boathouse.

If the beautiful wedding ceremony is any indication, it seems as if Sweden’s most famous newlyweds are in for a royally wonderful marriage.


Sweden's Princess Madeleine to wed New York banker

Three years ago she crossed the Atlantic with a broken heart. Now Sweden's "party princess" returns from New York to Stockholm to tie the knot with her new, British-American love.

On Saturday, Princess Madeleine — the Duchess of Halsingland and Gastrikland — will wed New York banker Christopher O'Neill in the Swedish capital, bringing together European royals and top New York socialites for a grand celebration.

Madeleine, 30, is the youngest of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia's three children and fourth in line to the throne. She became known as Sweden's party princess in her early 20s, when she was frequently spotted at Stockholm's high-end nightclubs, and has attracted widespread attention for her stylish clothes and glamorous lifestyle.

But her life hasn't always been a fairytale. In 2010, Madeleine fled to New York after breaking off her first engagement to Swedish attorney Jonas Bergstrom amid media reports that he had cheated on her. The couple had been together for eight years and had made a big announcement of their engagement in August the year before.

Since then, Madeleine has lived in New York, working for the nonprofit World Childhood Foundation, founded by her mother.

Two years ago, she met O'Neill, now 38, who works as a partner and head of research at Noster Capital.

This time around the princess has kept a lower profile, announcing their engagement through a video on the Royal Court's website.

Jenny Alexandersson, the royal reporter at Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet, says the breakup with Bergstrom had been "really, really hard" for Madeleine.

"She was really sad, and I think she felt a bit humiliated, "Alexandersson told The Associated Press." So, this time I really hope it's a big love. They look really, really happy together so I'm crossing my fingers for them."

The Royal Court on Friday said Madeleine's wedding dress has been made by Italian designer Valentino Garavani. Alexandersson said she expects a glamorous ceremony, adding that O'Neill has invited many friends from his party days among the New York glitterati.

The Royal Court said guests include the U.K.'s Earl and Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward and Sophie, Princess Takamado of Japan and princes and princesses from Norway, Denmark, Greece, Luxembourg and Monaco.

Other well-known invites include the CEO of fashion retailer H&M, Karl-Johan Persson, golfer Jesper Parnevik, Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson, Broadway's "Phantom of the Opera" star Peter Joback and Colombian billionaire Alejandro Santo Domingo.

Although Madeleine's wedding will be a lavish affair, it won't compare to her sister Crown Princess Victoria's marriage to her personal trainer Daniel Westling in 2010, when Stockholm was transformed into one giant party for citizens and royals alike.

Officials say that no side events for the general public have been arranged this time, but Swedes can watch the royal couple's meander through the capital in a horse and carriage after the wedding ceremony in the Royal Chapel. Then, the couple will sail to the royal residence and UNESCO World Heritage site Drottningholm Palace, 10 kilometers (6 miles) west of the city center, for a private wedding reception with an estimated 500 guests.

O'Neill was born into a wealthy family. His late father, Paul O'Neill, set up the European head office of Oppenheimer & Co in London in the 1960s and his mother, Eva Maria O'Neill, is involved in several charities. He studied at a boarding school in St. Gallen, Switzerland, and holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from Boston University and a master's degree from Columbia Business School in New York.

O'Neill, who holds dual American and British citizenship, has declined a royal rank in Sweden, which would have required him to become a Swedish citizen. He has chosen to continue working and the newlyweds are expected to move back to the United States.

The Swedish royal family has only ceremonial duties, such as attending award ceremonies, promoting Swedish businesses abroad and supporting charities. As the head of state, the king also receives foreign dignitaries on formal visits to Sweden.

Associated Press television producer David MacDougall contributed to this report.


Sweden's Princess Madeleine weds New York banker

Stockholm: A daughter of the Swedish king marries her US-British banker fianc&#233 on Saturday at a wedding to be attended by European royals and socialites from across the Atlantic.

The 30-year-old Princess Madeleine, who earned a reputation for partying in her 20s, will marry Christopher O'Neill, 38, who was born and raised in Britain but also has U.S. citizenship.

The princess, fourth in line to the throne, won sympathy among Swedes after her engagement with a long-term boyfriend ended in 2010 after reports he was found cheating on her.

But she attracted negative media coverage just days before the wedding with reports that she tried to avoid a traffic ticket near the royal palace by declaring immunity.

The monarchy enjoys fairly wide support among the public in otherwise egalitarian Sweden. Madeleine will continue to live in New York where she works at a children's charity founded by her mother.

Some 600 guests will attend the wedding at the Royal Palace. After the ceremony and a 21-gun salute, a horse and carriage will take the couple to a banquet hosted by King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia.


Swedish Princess Madeleine weds New York banker

STOCKHOLM >> Swedish Princess Madeleine fell in love in the Big Apple. Now she has said "yes" to New York banker Christopher O’Neill in a lavish and emotional wedding ceremony in Stockholm.

Madeleine was wearing a stunning white lace-top dress designed by Valentino Garavani when she tied the knot to British-American O’Neill on Saturday in front of around 470 European royals and top New York socialites.

O’Neill fought back tears as Madeleine walked down the aisle with her father, King Carl XVI Gustaf, to a traditional Swedish wedding march performed by a children’s choir. The bride and groom were visibly moved as the ceremony proceeded with hymns in both Swedish and English, and performances by Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson and Broadway’s "Phantom of the Opera" star Peter Joback.

With a smile on her face, Madeleine read out the wedding vows in Swedish while O’Neill read his in English.

Madeleine, 30, is the youngest of Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia’s three children and fourth in line to the throne. The 38-year-old O’Neill works as a partner and head of research at Noster Capital, a hedge fund with offices in London and New York.

The couple met through mutual friends in New York, where they both live, and were first spotted together having lunch at the Central Park Boathouse in January 2011. They announced their engagement in October 2012.

Guests at the wedding include the U.K.’s Earl and Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward and Sophie Princess Takamado of Japan and princes and princesses from Norway, Denmark, Greece, Luxembourg and Monaco.

O’Neill has also invited many of his super-rich friends, such as Opel heir Georg von Opel, Cadbury chocolate heir Joel Cadbury, Colombian billionaire Alejandro Santo Domingo, and Aidan and Fizzy Barclay. Other well-known invitees are Duran Duran band member John Taylor, the CEO of fashion retailer H&M, Karl-Johan Persson, and golfer Jesper Parnevik.

Outside the palace, several thousand royal fans had gathered in the sunshine waving Swedish flags and hoping to catch a glimpse of the couple.

"We hope she will be very happy in the future, the princess Madeleine," said Julia Huelsman, who had traveled from Munich, Germany for the occasion.

The marriage is the latest in a series of glamorous royal weddings that have mesmerized Europe in the past years. In June 2010, Madeleine’s older sister Crown Princess Victoria wed her personal trainer Daniel Wesling in a grand ceremony in Stockholm and the year after Britain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton tied the knot in extravagant fashion in front of an estimated 2 billion television viewers. Also in 2011, Prince Albert II of Monaco wed Charlene Lynette Wittstock and in 2012, Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg united with Belgian Countess Stephanie de Lannoy.

The Swedish royal family has only ceremonial duties, such as attending award ceremonies, promoting Swedish businesses abroad and supporting charities. As the head of state, the king also receives foreign dignitaries on formal visits to Sweden.

AP Television Producer Yesica Fisch contributed to this report.

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The country of Sweden celebrated on Saturday with the wedding of their Princess Madeleine. The youngest daughter of Sweden's king and queen married New York banker Christopher O'Neill in Stockholm. The now-newlyweds met in New York City, where the princess had moved in 2010 following a previous broken engagement. During the ceremony, Madeleine read her vows in Swedish, while Christopher read his in English. The 30-year-old princess was dressed in a lace gown designed by Valentino Garavani, and the designer was among the many VIP guests that included other royals from around the world like Princess Charlene of Monaco and England's Prince Edward.

Of course, Princess Madeleine's family was also there to help her celebrate. Her father, King Carl XVI Gustaf, walked her down the aisle, and her mother, Queen Silvia, stayed close to her son and Madeleine's brother, the very handsome Prince Carl Philip. Madeleine's older sister, Crown Princess Victoria, also enjoyed the festivities with her adorable 1-year-old daughter, Princess Estelle, and husband Prince Daniel. It's been a busy week for those three, who celebrated Sweden's national day at the royal palace on Thursday. See photos of Sweden's royal wedding and the evening banquet that followed, now!


Swedish Princess Madeleine weds New York banker

STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Swedish Princess Madeleine fell in love in the Big Apple. Now she has said "yes" to New York banker Christopher O'Neill in a lavish and emotional wedding ceremony in Stockholm.

Madeleine, 30, was wearing a stunning silk organza dress with a lace top and four-meter (13-foot) trail, designed by Valentino Garavani, when she tied the knot with British-American O'Neill on Saturday. Around 470 European royals, top New York socialites and celebrities were in attendance.

The 38-year-old O'Neill fought back tears as the princess walked down the aisle with her father, King Carl XVI Gustaf, to a traditional Swedish wedding march performed by a children's choir. The bride and groom were visibly moved as the ceremony proceeded with hymns in both Swedish and English, and performances by Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson and Broadway's "Phantom of the Opera" star Peter Joback.

With a smile on her face, Madeleine read out the wedding vows in Swedish while O'Neill read his in English in the Royal Chapel, decorated with typical Swedish summer flowers. After the wedding, the couple kissed on the steps of the palace in front of a cheering crowd of several thousand who had gathered in the sunshine waving Swedish flags.

"We hope she will be very happy in the future, the princess Madeleine," Julia Huelsman, who had traveled from Munich, Germany, for the occasion, said.

Later, the newlyweds travelled in a procession through the crowded streets of the capital in a special horse and carriage. They then sailed to the royal residence and UNESCO World Heritage site Drottningholm Palace, 10 kilometers (6 miles) west of the city center, where a private wedding reception will be held.

Madeleine is the youngest of Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia's three children and fourth in line to the throne. She became known as Sweden's party princess in her early 20s, when she was frequently spotted at Stockholm's high-end nightclubs, and has attracted widespread attention for her stylish clothes.

But her life hasn't always been a fairytale. Madeleine's extravagant lifestyle has often been criticized by Swedes, who prefer the down-to-earth attitude of her sister, Crown Princess Victoria, who married a commoner. And in 2010, she fled to New York after breaking off her first engagement to Swedish attorney Jonas Bergstrom amid media reports that he had cheated on her.

Since then, Madeleine has held a lower profile, working for the nonprofit World Childhood Foundation in New York, where she met O'Neill through mutual friends. The couple was first spotted together having lunch at the Central Park Boathouse in January 2011 and they announced their engagement in October 2012.

O'Neill was born into a wealthy family. His late father, Paul O'Neill, set up the European head office of Oppenheimer & Co. in London in the 1960s and his mother, Eva Maria O'Neill, is involved in several charities. He studied at a boarding school in St. Gallen, Switzerland, and holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from Boston University and a master's degree from Columbia Business School in New York.

O'Neill, who holds dual American and British citizenship, has declined a royal rank in Sweden, which would have required him to become a Swedish citizen. He has chosen to continue working and the newlyweds are expected to move back to their apartment in Manhattan.

Guests at the wedding included the U.K.'s Earl and Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward and Sophie Princess Takamado of Japan and princes and princesses from Norway, Denmark, Greece, Luxembourg and Monaco.

O'Neill had also invited many of his super-rich friends, such as Opel heir Georg von Opel, Cadbury chocolate heir Joel Cadbury, Colombian billionaire Alejandro Santo Domingo, and Aidan and Fizzy Barclay. Other well-known invitees were Duran Duran band member John Taylor, the CEO of fashion retailer H&M, Karl-Johan Persson, and golfer Jesper Parnevik.

The marriage is the latest in a series of glamorous royal weddings that have mesmerized Europe in the past few years. In June 2010, Madeleine's older sister Crown Princess Victoria wed her personal trainer Daniel Westling in a grand ceremony in Stockholm and the year after, Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton tied the knot in extravagant fashion in front of an estimated 2 billion television viewers. Also in 2011, Prince Albert II of Monaco wed Charlene Lynette Wittstock and in 2012, Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg united with Belgian Countess Stephanie de Lannoy.

The Swedish royal family has only ceremonial duties, such as attending award ceremonies, promoting Swedish businesses abroad and supporting charities. As the head of state, the king also receives foreign dignitaries on formal visits to Sweden.


Queen Silva of Sweden, center, arrives at Samhall in Jordbro outside Stockholm, Thursday Oct. 25, 2012 where she confirmed the engagement of her daughter Princess Madeleine. Madeleine and her U.S.-British boyfriend Christopher O’Neill announced their engagement on the royal palace website on Thursday. The 30-year-old Madeleine is the youngest of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia's three children and is fourth in line to the throne. The tabloid Expressen reported early Thursday that O'Neill, a 38-year-old financier she met in New York, had proposed to the princess, and the couple confirmed the news in a brief video clip posted on the royal website. (AP Photo/ Claudio Bresciani) SWEDEN OUT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Another royal wedding beckons in Europe: This time it is Sweden's Princess Madeleine who is getting ready to tie the knot.

Madeleine and her U.S.-British boyfriend Christopher O'Neill announced their engagement on the royal palace website on Thursday.

The 30-year-old Madeleine is the youngest of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia's three children and is fourth in line to the throne.

The tabloid Expressen reported early Thursday that O'Neill, a 38-year-old financier she met in New York, had proposed to the princess, and the couple confirmed the news in a brief video clip posted on the royal website.

"Chris proposed to me in New York at the start of October, and we are very happy," Madeleine said in the video, which was recorded Wednesday at the Drottningholm Palace outside Stockholm.

"Madeleine and I have known each other for two years and I recently summoned up the courage to ask her to marry me. Thankfully she said yes," O'Neill said in English with a British accent. He added a few words in Swedish, saying he was trying to learn the language "but it is difficult."

Madeleine said the wedding would take place in Sweden in the summer of 2013, and that more details would be released later.

Madeleine lives in New York where she works for the World Childhood Foundation, a nonprofit founded by her mother.

In 2010, she broke off an earlier engagement after media reports that her then-fiancé had cheated on her.

O'Neill was born in London and holds dual American and British citizenship, according to a CV released by the royal palace. He studied at a boarding school in St. Gallen, Switzerland, and holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from Boston University and a master's degree from Columbia Business School in New York.

O'Neill now works as a partner and head of research at Noster Capital, a hedge fund with offices in London and New York. His interests include Alpine skiing, tennis, golf, music, literature and Chelsea Football Club in London, the palace said.

Madeleine's elder sister, Crown Princess Victoria married her former fitness trainer Daniel Westling at a lavish ceremony in Stockholm in 2010. The couple had a baby, Princess Estelle, this year. O'Neill accompanied Madeleine to Estelle's baptism ceremony in May.

The Swedish royal family has only ceremonial duties, such as attending award ceremonies, promoting Swedish businesses abroad and supporting charities and foundations. As the head of state, the king also receives foreign dignitaries on formal visits to Sweden.

News of Princess Madeleine and O'Neill's engagement comes just days after another royal union was celebrated in Europe. Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg and Belgian Countess Stephanie de Lannoy were married Saturday in the tiny duchy's Notre Dame Cathedral.

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Swedish Princess Madeleine during the reception at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, in this May 19, 2013 file photo, after the banns of marriage service for the princess and her fiancée, New York banker Christopher O’Neill. AP Photo

STOCKHOLM — Three years ago she crossed the Atlantic with a broken heart. Now Sweden’s “party princess” returns from New York to Stockholm to tie the knot with her new, British-American love.

On Saturday, Princess Madeleine — the Duchess of Halsingland and Gastrikland — will wed New York banker Christopher O’Neill in the Swedish capital, bringing together European royals and top New York socialites for a grand celebration.

Madeleine, 30, is the youngest of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia’s three children and fourth in line to the throne. She became known as Sweden’s party princess in her early 20s, when she was frequently spotted at Stockholm’s high-end nightclubs, and has attracted widespread attention for her stylish clothes and glamorous lifestyle.

But her life hasn’t always been a fairytale. In 2010, Madeleine fled to New York after breaking off her first engagement to Swedish attorney Jonas Bergstrom amid media reports that he had cheated on her. The couple had been together for eight years and had made a big announcement of their engagement in August the year before.

Since then, Madeleine has lived in New York, working for the nonprofit World Childhood Foundation, founded by her mother.

Two years ago, she met O’Neill, now 38, who works as a partner and head of research at Noster Capital.

This time around the princess has kept a lower profile, announcing their engagement through a video on the Royal Court’s website.

Jenny Alexandersson, the royal reporter at Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet, says the breakup with Bergstrom had been “really, really hard” for Madeleine.

“She was really sad, and I think she felt a bit humiliated, “Alexandersson told The Associated Press.” So, this time I really hope it’s a big love. They look really, really happy together so I’m crossing my fingers for them.”

The Royal Court on Friday said Madeleine’s wedding dress has been made by Italian designer Valentino Garavani. Alexandersson said she expects a glamorous ceremony, adding that O’Neill has invited many friends from his party days among the New York glitterati.

The Royal Court said guests include the U.K.’s Earl and Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward and Sophie, Princess Takamado of Japan and princes and princesses from Norway, Denmark, Greece, Luxembourg and Monaco.

Other well-known invites include the CEO of fashion retailer H&M, Karl-Johan Persson, golfer Jesper Parnevik, Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson, Broadway’s “Phantom of the Opera” star Peter Joback and Colombian billionaire Alejandro Santo Domingo.

Princess Madeleine and Christopher O’Neill arrive to the service in the Royal Chapel in Stockholm, Sweden, Sunday May 19, 2013. AP Photo

Although Madeleine’s wedding will be a lavish affair, it won’t compare to her sister Crown Princess Victoria’s marriage to her personal trainer Daniel Westling in 2010, when Stockholm was transformed into one giant party for citizens and royals alike.

Officials say that no side events for the general public have been arranged this time, but Swedes can watch the royal couple’s meander through the capital in a horse and carriage after the wedding ceremony in the Royal Chapel. Then, the couple will sail to the royal residence and UNESCO World Heritage site Drottningholm Palace, 10 kilometers (6 miles) west of the city center, for a private wedding reception with an estimated 500 guests.

O’Neill was born into a wealthy family. His late father, Paul O’Neill, set up the European head office of Oppenheimer & Co in London in the 1960s and his mother, Eva Maria O’Neill, is involved in several charities. He studied at a boarding school in St. Gallen, Switzerland, and holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Boston University and a master’s degree from Columbia Business School in New York.

O’Neill, who holds dual American and British citizenship, has declined a royal rank in Sweden, which would have required him to become a Swedish citizen. He has chosen to continue working and the newlyweds are expected to move back to the United States.

The Swedish royal family has only ceremonial duties, such as attending award ceremonies, promoting Swedish businesses abroad and supporting charities. As the head of state, the king also receives foreign dignitaries on formal visits to Sweden.


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Sweden's Princess Madeleine married New York banker Christopher O'Neill in a grand ceremony in Stockholm on Saturday. Here's a look at key facts about the couple and the wedding.

Princess Madeleine, 30, is the youngest of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia's three children and fourth in line to the throne. She has studied child psychology, art history, ethnology and history at university and is known for her stylish clothes and glamorous lifestyle. She now lives in New York where she works for the nonprofit World Childhood Foundation, founded by her mother.

British-American Christopher O'Neill works as a partner and head of research at Noster Capital in New York. His late father, Paul O'Neill, set up the European head office of Oppenheimer & Co in London in the 1960s and his mother, Eva Maria O'Neill, is involved in several charities for the preservation of Salzburg, Austria. He went to boarding school in Switzerland, holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from Boston University and a master's degree from Columbia Business School in New York.

The wedding

The wedding ceremony took place at the Royal Chapel in central Stockholm. After the wedding, a 21-gun salute was fired at five second intervals and the couple greeted the public outside the castle. They then travelled in a procession through the capital in a special horse-drawn carriage, the Parade Barouche, that was also used by the king and queen at their weddings. Finally they sailed by boat to the royal residence and UNESCO World Heritage site Drottningholm Palace, 10 kilometers (six miles) west of the city center, where a private wedding reception will be held.

Some 470 guests attended the wedding, including the U.K.'s Earl and Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward and Sophie Princess Takamado of Japan, and princes and princesses from Norway, Denmark, Greece, Luxembourg and Monaco. O'Neill has many super-rich friends, such as Opel heir Georg von Opel, Cadbury chocolate heir Joel Cadbury, Colombian billionaire Alejandro Santo Domingo and Aidan and Fizzy Barclay. Other well-known invites were the CEO of fashion retailer H&M, Karl-Johan Persson, golfer Jesper Parnevik, Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson and Broadway's "Phantom of the Opera" star Peter Joback.

Madeleine was wearing a dress of pleated silk organza with a four-metre trail, designed by Italian Valentino Garavani. The top part of the dress was lace, with a deep, v-shaped cut in the back. The bridal bouquet consisted of classic white garden roses, as well as lilies of the valley and the traditional myrtle from Sofiero Castle in southern Sweden.

Sweden's royal family

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, of German-Brazilian descent, met during the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. They were married in 1976 and have three children. Their oldest daughter is 35-year-old Crown Princess Victoria, who married her personal trainer Daniel Westling in 2010. Their daughter, Estelle, was born in 2012. Prince Carl Philip, 34, is third in line to the throne after Estelle. He is not married but is in a relationship with former reality TV star and glamour model Sofia Hellqvist.

Swedish Princess Madeleine and her fiancé Chris O'Neill arrive in a horse drawn open carriage for the traditional National Day celebrations at Skansen in Stockholm, on Thursday, June 6, 2013. (Scanpix Sweden / Henrik Montgomery)

Swedish Princess Madeleine, center, her fiancée, New York banker Chris O'Neill, left, and her brother Prince Carl Philip seen during the traditional National Day celebrations at Skansen in Stockholm, Thursday, June 6, 2013. (Scanpix Sweden / Henrik Montgomery)


Sweden's Princess Madeleine says 'yes' in wedding to NY banker Christopher O'Neill

STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Swedish Princess Madeleine fell in love in the Big Apple. Now she has said "yes" to New York banker Christopher O'Neill in a lavish and emotional wedding ceremony in Stockholm.

Madeleine, 30, was wearing a stunning silk organza dress with a lace top and four-meter (13-foot) trail, designed by Valentino Garavani, when she tied the knot with British-American O'Neill on Saturday. Around 470 European royals, top New York socialites and celebrities were in attendance.

The 38-year-old O'Neill fought back tears as the princess walked down the aisle with her father, King Carl XVI Gustaf, to a traditional Swedish wedding march performed by a children's choir. The bride and groom were visibly moved as the ceremony proceeded with hymns in both Swedish and English, and performances by Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson and Broadway's "Phantom of the Opera" star Peter Joback.

With a smile on her face, Madeleine read out the wedding vows in Swedish while O'Neill read his in English in the Royal Chapel, decorated with typical Swedish summer flowers. After the wedding, the couple kissed on the steps of the palace in front of a cheering crowd of several thousand who had gathered in the sunshine waving Swedish flags.

"We hope she will be very happy in the future, the princess Madeleine," Julia Huelsman, who had travelled from Munich, Germany, for the occasion, said.

Later, the newlyweds will travel in a procession through the capital in a special horse and carriage. They will then sail to the royal residence and UNESCO World Heritage site Drottningholm Palace, 10 kilometres (6 miles) west of the city centre, where a private wedding reception will be held.

Madeleine is the youngest of Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia's three children and fourth in line to the throne. She became known as Sweden's party princess in her early 20s, when she was frequently spotted at Stockholm's high-end nightclubs, and has attracted widespread attention for her stylish clothes.

But her life hasn't always been a fairytale. Madeleine's extravagant lifestyle has often been criticized by Swedes, who prefer the down-to-earth attitude of her sister, Crown Princess Victoria, who married a commoner. And in 2010, she fled to New York after breaking off her first engagement to Swedish attorney Jonas Bergstrom amid media reports that he had cheated on her.

Since then, Madeleine has held a lower profile, working for the non-profit World Childhood Foundation in New York, where she met O'Neill through mutual friends. The couple was first spotted together having lunch at the Central Park Boathouse in January 2011 and they announced their engagement in October 2012.

O'Neill was born into a wealthy family. His late father, Paul O'Neill, set up the European head office of Oppenheimer & Co. in London in the 1960s and his mother, Eva Maria O'Neill, is involved in several charities. He studied at a boarding school in St. Gallen, Switzerland, and holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from Boston University and a master's degree from Columbia Business School in New York.

O'Neill, who holds dual American and British citizenship, has declined a royal rank in Sweden, which would have required him to become a Swedish citizen. He has chosen to continue working and the newlyweds are expected to move back to their apartment in Manhattan.

Guests at the wedding included the U.K.'s Earl and Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward and Sophie Princess Takamado of Japan and princes and princesses from Norway, Denmark, Greece, Luxembourg and Monaco.

O'Neill had also invited many of his super-rich friends, such as Opel heir Georg von Opel, Cadbury chocolate heir Joel Cadbury, Colombian billionaire Alejandro Santo Domingo, and Aidan and Fizzy Barclay. Other well-known invitees were Duran Duran band member John Taylor, the CEO of fashion retailer H&M, Karl-Johan Persson, and golfer Jesper Parnevik.

The marriage is the latest in a series of glamorous royal weddings that have mesmerized Europe in the past few years. In June 2010, Madeleine's older sister Crown Princess Victoria wed her personal trainer Daniel Westling in a grand ceremony in Stockholm and the year after, Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton tied the knot in extravagant fashion in front of an estimated 2 billion television viewers. Also in 2011, Prince Albert II of Monaco wed Charlene Lynette Wittstock and in 2012, Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg united with Belgian Countess Stephanie de Lannoy.

The Swedish royal family has only ceremonial duties, such as attending award ceremonies, promoting Swedish businesses abroad and supporting charities. As the head of state, the king also receives foreign dignitaries on formal visits to Sweden.

AP Television Producer Yesica Fisch contributed to this report.

Sweden's Princess Madeleine and Christopher O'Neill kiss outside the Royal Chapel after their wedding ceremony in Stockholm, Saturday June 8, 2013. (AP / Bjorn Larsson Rosvall)

A girl waves with a Swedish flag outside the Royal castle where Princess Madeleine of Sweden will marry New York banker Christopher O'Neill in the Royal church later in the day in Stockholm, Saturday, June 8, 2013. (Bertil Enevåg Ericson / SCANPIX)


Sweden's royal wedding at a glance

Sweden's Princess Madeleine married New York banker Christopher O'Neill in a grand ceremony in Stockholm on Saturday. Here's a look at key facts about the couple and the wedding.

Princess Madeleine, 30, is the youngest of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia's three children and fourth in line to the throne. She has studied child psychology, art history, ethnology and history at university and is known for her stylish clothes and glamorous lifestyle. She now lives in New York where she works for the nonprofit World Childhood Foundation, founded by her mother.

British-American Christopher O'Neill works as a partner and head of research at Noster Capital in New York. His late father, Paul O'Neill, set up the European head office of Oppenheimer & Co in London in the 1960s and his mother, Eva Maria O'Neill, is involved in several charities for the preservation of Salzburg, Austria. He went to boarding school in Switzerland, holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from Boston University and a master's degree from Columbia Business School in New York.

The wedding ceremony took place at the Royal Chapel in central Stockholm. After the wedding, a 21-gun salute was fired at five second intervals and the couple greeted the public outside the castle. They then travelled in a procession through the capital in a special horse-drawn carriage, the Parade Barouche, that was also used by the king and queen at their weddings. Finally they sailed by boat to the royal residence and UNESCO World Heritage site Drottningholm Palace, 10 kilometers (six miles) west of the city center, where a private wedding reception will be held.

Some 470 guests attended the wedding, including the U.K.'s Earl and Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward and Sophie Princess Takamado of Japan, and princes and princesses from Norway, Denmark, Greece, Luxembourg and Monaco. O'Neill has many super-rich friends, such as Opel heir Georg von Opel, Cadbury chocolate heir Joel Cadbury, Colombian billionaire Alejandro Santo Domingo and Aidan and Fizzy Barclay. Other well-known invites were the CEO of fashion retailer H&M, Karl-Johan Persson, golfer Jesper Parnevik, Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson and Broadway's "Phantom of the Opera" star Peter Joback.

Madeleine was wearing a dress of pleated silk organza with a four-meter (13-foot) trail, designed by Italian Valentino Garavani. The top part of the dress was lace, with a deep, v-shaped cut in the back. The bridal bouquet consisted of classic white garden roses, as well as lilies of the valley and the traditional myrtle from Sofiero Castle in southern Sweden.

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, of German-Brazilian descent, met during the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. They were married in 1976 and have three children. Their oldest daughter is 35-year-old Crown Princess Victoria, who married her personal trainer Daniel Westling in 2010. Their daughter, Estelle, was born in 2012. Prince Carl Philip, 34, is third in line to the throne after Estelle. He is not married but is in a relationship with former reality TV star and glamour model Sofia Hellqvist.


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