Princess Madeleine of Sweden, the fourth in line to the throne, is set to marry US-British businessman Christopher O’Neill in a ceremony in Stockholm on Saturday.
Princess Madeleine, 30, has returned to the Swedish capital from New York, where she met Christopher O’Neill two years ago.
The ceremony is not expected to be as lavish as the wedding of her sister, Crown Princess Victoria, in 2010.
Sweden’s royal family, particularly Princess Victoria, enjoys wide support among members of the public.
Princess Madeleine, also known as the Duchess of Halsingland and Gastrikland, met Christopher O’Neill, 38, in New York while she was working for the non-profit organization, World Childhood Foundation.
The youngest child of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia has been keeping a low profile since moving to the US in 2010 after her engagement to a Swedish lawyer came to an abrupt end.
Princess Madeleine has also had a complicated relationship with the Swedish press, who dubbed her the “party princess” when she was spotted frequenting high-end Stockholm clubs in her early twenties.
Princess Madeleine of Sweden is set to marry US-British businessman Christopher O’Neill in a ceremony in Stockholm on Saturday
The couple will tie the knot in Stockholm’s Royal Chapel before a horse and carriage procession through the medieval old town of Gamla Stan.
Despite some 600 guests, the wedding is expected to be more low-key than her sister’s ceremony in 2010, when the whole of the Swedish capital was transformed for the celebrations.
“It won’t be anything like [Crown Princess] Victoria’s wedding. Firstly, because Madeleine is not a successor to the throne,” Roger Lundgren, the editor of a Swedish magazine about royalty told Associated Press news agency.
“Secondly, this is a private wedding – the king is paying for it himself,” he adds.
The royal guest list is said to include the UK’s Earl and Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward and Sophie, Princess Takamado of Japan and princes and princesses from Norway, Denmark, Greece, Luxembourg and Monaco.
The Royal Court said on Friday that Princess Madeleine’s wedding dress was made by Italian designer Valentino Garavani.
Her fiancé, who enjoys dual British-American citizenship, has declined a royal rank in Sweden which would have required him to become a Swedish citizen.
Princess Madeleine and Christopher O’Neill are expected to return to the US and continue working after the wedding.
[googlead tip=”patrat_mic” aliniat=”stanga”]Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and her husband Prince Daniel are expecting their first child just over a year from the June 2010 fairytale wedding at Stockholm Central Cathedral.
A Royal Court of Sweden statement, dated August 18, announced:
“Their Royal Highnesses,The Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel are happy to announce that The Crown Princess is expecting their first child.”
“The birth is expected to take place in March of 2012. No changes in the schedule of the Crown Princess’ public engagements are planned during the fall of 2011.”
Anyone witnessing their joy on their engagement and the day of their nuptials could have guessed that it wouldn’t be long before the couple started trying for a child.[googlead tip=”lista_mica” aliniat=”dreapta”]
Princess Victoria of Sweden is expecting the first child
Princess Victoria, who is the heiress to the Swedish throne, told her people:
“With Daniel by my side I feel secure.”
“You have probably noticed that in recent years I have seemed stronger and happier.”
“And now the time has come for us to begin building something together and starting a family.”
[googlead tip=”vertical_mediu” aliniat=”stanga”] Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling got to know each other in 2001.
They announced their engagement at the Royal Palace in Stockholm on Tuesday 24 February, 2009.
Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling became husband and wife in a lavish wedding ceremony at the Stockholm Central Cathedral in 2010, June 19, eight years after the start of their romance.
It was a union that, although once seen as unlikely because of Daniel’s lack of aristocratic heritage, further cemented gym owner’s position by Victoria’s side and also within the royal family, who have come to embrace and support the future queen’s consort.
The Swedish Royal Family consists of King Carl XVI Gustaf, born 1946, Queen Silvia, born 1943, Crown Princess Victoria, born 1977, and her husband Prince Daniel – Duke of Västergötland – born 1973, Prince Carl Philip, born 1979, and Princess Madeleine, born 1982.
In addition to the members of the Royal Family, the Swedish Royal Court also includes Princess Lilian, born 1915, and Princess Birgitta, born 1937, married to Prince Johann Georg of Hohenzollern.