Inside Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist’s 2015 wedding

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One of the more recent royal weddings to delight around the globe was the wedding of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia’s only son, Prince Carl Philip, to his model girlfriend Sofia Hellqvist. While Prince Carl Philip was once the heir apparent, Sweden passed absolute primogeniture laws that forever transferred the line of succession to his sister, Crown Princess Victoria. Nevertheless, it was welcome news when he announced his engagement to Sofia Hellqvist, who called their initial meeting over lunch love at first sight.

The wedding took place on June 13, 2015 in the Royal Chapel of Stockholm Palace. The bride arrived in a dress designed by Ida Sjöstedt, made of crepe silk and Italian organza and finished with lace. Although very much a modern affair, the bride marched towards the traditional Swedish crowns that lay on cushions at the end of the altar, which are used
to represent the couple.

After the wedding, the bride and groom rode a horse and carriage to the Royal Palace’s Logården, where on the balcony the King of Sweden led the cheers for the happy couple before an extravagant wedding banquet was served.

If one had any doubt this was a modern duo, when guests bit into their colourful wedding cake they discovered it contained pop rocks, one final surprise from the spirited bride and groom.

Scroll through to go inside this royal wedding.

Prince Carl was third in line to the Swedish throne at the time of marrying, after his older sister Crown Princess Victoria and her daughter Princess Estelle. Prince Carl’s parents are King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silva. He also has a younger sister, Princess Madeleine. 

The bride wore a white bustier haute couture gown by Swedish designer Ida Sjöstedt with wide V-neck lace overlay and metres-long train. She was adorned with an emerald crown and diamond earrings. 

Royals of many nationalities attended the nuptials, including Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark. 

A banquet in the palace’s The White Sea Hall followed the ceremony. “Today I am the happiest man in the world,” Prince Carl said in his toast. “Sofia, you fill my life with love and happiness. With your love I will be able to overcome all challenges. Dear Sofia, I love you.” Both the bride and groom’s fathers spoke as well. 


Molly Sanden performed a song with lyrics written by the newly titled Princess Sofia. During the celebrations songs by Rihanna and Coldplay were played and a gospel choir performed. Guests then entered the Karl XI Gallery, which was modelled on Versailles’ Hall of Mirrors to continue the festivities. 

Thousands of onlookers gathered outside the palace to see the couple emerge as husband and wife in public for the first time.

The happy bride and groom.

The scenes outside the royal palace.

Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark

Princess Madeleine of Sweden, Christopher O’Neill and Princess Leonore

Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden

Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway 

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands

Princess Hisako Takamado of Japan

Queen Mathilde of Belgium 

Prince Nikolaos and Princess Tatiana of Greece

Queen Sonja of Norway

Five famous Swedish chefs designed the menu with dishes included crayfish, mussels, while asparagus with roe, smoked zander fish and a peach and raspberry tartlet with white chocolate, Champagne and peach sorbet for dessert. 

The bride and groom selected a cake from pastry chef Fredrik Borgskog. 

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