Royal Wedding: Prince Carl Philip sweeps Sofia off her feet

Swedish Prince Carl Philip kisses the hand of Sofia Hellqvist during the exchange of vows and rings at their wedding in the Royal Chapel in Stockholm, Sweden, June 13, 2015. (Reuters)

Sweden's Prince Carl Philip married former model and reality TV star Sofia Hellqvist in the chapel of the royal palace in Stockholm on Saturday.

The 36-year-old prince, third in line to the throne, was visibly nervous during the ceremony, which was attended by royals from around the world including Princess Takamado of Japan, Queen Mathilde of Belgium and the Earl and Countess of Wessex from Britain.

Princess Sofia and Prince Carl Philip are pictured during their first dance at their wedding in the Royal Palace in Stockholm, Sweden, June 13, 2015. Reuters

Hellqvist, 30, wore a dress by Swedish designer Ida Sjöstedt with lace sleeves and back which revealed the star-shaped tattoo between her shoulder blades.

After a long wait at the altar, the prince struggled to put the wedding ring on the finger of his bride.


Following the ceremony, the couple were greeted by thousands of well-wishers as they were driven in a horse-drawn carriage through central Stockholm before returning to the palace again for the wedding dinner and dance.

Sofia Hellqvist (R) and Sweden's Prince Carl Philip stand at the alter during their wedding ceremony at the Royal Chapel in Stockholm Palace on June 13, 2015. AFP

Addressing the crowd from in front of the palace in the early evening sunshine, the prince - a major in the Swedish navy and a part-time racing driver - thanked the public for their support.


"It shows Sweden is a warm country with lots of love," he said, before kissing Hellqvist to loud applause.

The wedding was a more low-key affair than that of the prince's elder sister and heir to the throne, Princess Victoria, who married Daniel Westling in 2010.

Swedish Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist smile in the carriage during their wedding in the Royal Chapel in Stockholm, Sweden, June 13, 2015. Reuters

All of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia's three children have married so-called commoners, or those without a noble rank, with Princess Madeleine marrying banker Christopher O'Neill two years ago.

Sweden is a constitutional monarchy and the king has no political power. Public support for the royal family has waned somewhat in recent years, but remains fairly broad.



Carl Philip, Duke of Varmland, was first in line to the throne at birth, but Sweden changed its succession law in 1980 to make the eldest child - not the eldest male child - heir.

Crown Princess Victoria is now first in line to the throne, followed by her daughter Estelle, born in 2012.




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