Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist Are Officially Married

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Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist Are Officially Married
Sun 14-06-2015

Sweden's Prince Carl Philip has married a former reality-TV star and glamour model in a lavish ceremony in the chapel at Stockholm's Royal Palace.

Sofia Hellqvist, 30, also worked as a model and a yoga instructor before helping to set up a charity.

Her new husband, 36-year-old Carl Philip, is third in line to the throne.

Thousands of well-wishers lined the streets for the event, despite polls suggesting the Swedish royal family's popularity is waning.

After their marriage, the couple took to a horse-drawn carriage to parade through the cobbled streets of Stockholm's old town, waving to crowds in the hot summer sun, before returning to the palace for a 21-gun salute and wedding banquet.

About 550 guests attended the ceremony, many of them royals, including Princess Takamado of Japan and Britain's Prince Edward.

Prince Carl Philip was initially reported to have had difficulties putting the ring on his bride's finger while the royal couple said their vows.

A band played a version of the Coldplay song Fix You in the royal chapel, and the newly weds were then serenaded by a man singing a Swedish version of the song Umbrella by Rihanna.

The pair reportedly first met at a restaurant in 2010, with news of their relationship being revealed soon after.