Princess Madeleine married Christopher O’Neill on the 8th of June 2013, whom she met in New York, where she moved after the breaking of her engagement to Jonas Bergström in 2010.
This move became a precursor for the first ten years of her married life, during which she lived in New York, followed by London, then moved back to Sweden, then moved to Miami, and it has recently been announced that she and her family will be once again relocating to Sweden.
Her move to New York, coupled with her being the King and Queen’s third child, made a lot of people expect a more “toned down” wedding.
This, however, ended up being far from the truth, and Princess Madeleine got a fairytale wedding, just like her brother did two years later.Embed from Getty Images
This was evidenced not only in the dress code required for the wedding, which saw men in white tie or gala uniforms and women in evening gowns and tiaras, but also in the guest list, which saw some of the most prominent royals from all around the world attend.
As was anticipated, royal families from other Scandinavia countries were well represented. Denmark sent Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie, and Princess Benedikte, who is also Princess Madeleine’s godmother.Embed from Getty Images
As for Norway, King Harald and Queen Sonja did not attend, but they sent Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, as well as Princess Märtha Louise and her then-husband Ari Behn.
Other royals included Princess Charlene of Monaco, Princess Takamado of Japan, the then-Earl and Countess of Wessex from the UK, and the Hereditary Grand Duke and Grand Duchess from Luxembourg.Embed from Getty Images
Greece sent Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal, Prince Nikolaos and Princess Tatiana, Princess Theodora, and Prince Philippos – a very substantial delegation for the wedding of a Princess that was, at the time, fourth in line to the throne.
Bavaria was also represented by Prince Leopold and Princess Ursula, as well as Prince Manuel and Princess Anna, while the Saxe-Coburg and Gotha branch of royalty was present with its head, Prince Andreas, and Hereditary Prince Hubertus and Hereditary Princess Kelly.
Despite this not being a state event, members of the Swedish government and diplomatic corps were present, including the then-Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt.
Ten years, three children and many moves on, people look back at Princess Madeleine and Mr O’Neill’s wedding with nostalgia, but also with the hope that a fairytale wedding after a devastating breakup gives everyone dreaming of finding the right person for them.
We all wish Her Royal Highness and Mr O’Neill a happy 10th wedding anniversary!
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