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A princess reveals how pampered dogs made her wedding dress into their bed

Princess Madeleine’s wedding dress is one of the most celebrated of recent royal weddings. The bride herself talked openly about how her wedding dress was designed. The Italian fashion designer Valentino Garavani had asked her if he could create her dress. And the princess said the meetings with the designer were “rather funny”.

Princess Madeleine’s lace covered dress impressed fashion followers as well as royal fans
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In an interview, ahead of a big royal exhibition in 2019, Princess Madeleine spoke about designing her wedding dress. As a friend of the princess, Valentino Garavani had suggested that he should create her wedding dress. The princess said it felt “natural” that he would be the one to create her dress. She also said that it was a “very exciting process”.

Valentino incorporated Swedish royal traditions into the dress including the use of myrtle
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Valentino Garavani brought several sketches to Princess Madeleine so she could pick which style she preferred. According to the princess, she immediately knew what she wanted her dress to look like. The pair only met up two times to make adaptions and make the dress fit. However, these two meetings seemed to legendary.

Princess Madeleine told the story in the interview: “It was rather funny. He brought his pugs, and they sat on the dress everywhere. The poor Italian seamstresses were pulling their hair out. So it was a very funny process, to make the dress.”

The long train of the pretty dress became a bed for some rather pampered pooches
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Princess Madeleine’s wedding dress was made in the Valentino atelier in Paris. When Princess Madeleine had her last fitting just hours before the wedding, the dress was all of a sudden too large. “I felt like Cinderella, because the dress is 1,40 metres long and the Italian seamstresses were running around like small mice and sewed up the dress to make it fit. Dad [King Carl Gustaf] was waiting on the threshold very patiently while I was getting very nervous when they were still sewing the dress when the church bells rang.”

The daughter of the King of Sweden had to keep her proud dad waiting on her wedding day as final adjustments were made to her dress
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Princess Madeleine admits she had lost some weight because of the nerves. She was a few minutes late to her own wedding.

The princess talked about her wedding dress in an interview for the documentary about the Swedish Royal Dresses “Kungliga brudklänningar” on SVT which was broadcasted in late May. The documentary can still be watched here.

About author

Laura is from Belgium and has a passion for all things royal. She is Europe Correspondent for Royal Central since October 2016 and has contributed to other news websites. In her daily life she is a fulltime student in EU-politics and political communication.