While Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are the most recently-wed set among royal couples, that title previously belonged to Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden, who married three years ago on June 13, 2015. The Swedish royal couple married at the Royal Chapel at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, Sweden, before a guest list packed with dignitaries and their fellow royals.
The ceremony venue was designed wth fresh greenery and trees neatly lining the aisles, while colorful rose columns decorated the pews. The bride walked down the aisle to an instrumental version of Enya’s “Athair ar Neamh,” and was resplendent in a gown designed by Swedish stylist Ida Sjöstedt. The piece itself of comprised of Italian lace.
The moving ceremony was aired by Swedish national broadcaster SVT, and featured footage of the groom getting visibly emotional as he watched the bride walk down the aisle.
The couple first met in 2010 while dining at the same restaurant. At the time, the parties they were dining with just happened to know each other. “We started with a shy greeting,” the prince later said of the down-to-earth meeting. “And everything followed.”
About four years into dating, the prince proposed one morning as his girlfriend slept. “I was nervous,” he recalled of the special moment. “I woke up several times the night before, I don’t know if Sofia noticed. I wanted it to be a surprise.” The pair officially revealed their engagement to the public in June 2014.
The emotional wedding ceremony included an acoustic performance of Coldplay’s hit “Fix You” by Al Fakir, as well as a Swedish rendition of Rihanna’s hit “Umbrella” by David Pagmar. At one point, the groom struggled to put the ring on his wife, causing the two to break down into a brief fit of giggles. They walked out of the ceremony to “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee.”
On the way out, the two shared a passionate kiss on the red carpeted steps of the palace. Like Harry and Meghan, the newlyweds took a carriage ride around the streets surrounding Stockholm Palace, where they regrouped with the rest of the royal family at the Logården of the Royal Palace.
It was there that the groom gave a speech to his subjects, and adorably stuck out his tongue to make Princess Sofia laugh. He also later gave the thumbs up to show his sentiments about his special day.
When it came to the wedding menu and beyond, the groom requested one minor detail for his wedding cake. Pastry chef Roy Fares told SVT that the prince made the request for the inclusion of Pop Rocks, which turned out to be a big hit with guests. The cakes were comprised of rhubarb, pistachio and strawberry accented by colorful light designs in the center. The bride quietly said “yay!” after they made the first cut.
The night included a delicious dinner in the White Sea Hall, accompanied by live music by Swedish group Icona Pop and hits played by the late DJ Avicii, who passed away in April.
The Duke and Duchess are now parents to two young boys.
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