As we look at the Swedish Royal Wedding in depth, let’s start our coverage with the bride and groom (but let’s be real, this post is mostly about the bride). Sofia Hellqvist married Prince Carl Philip at the Royal Chapel in the Royal Palace in Stockholm today, June 13. Sofia is now HRH Princess Sofia, Duchess of Värmland.
The wedding was very emotional. Carl Philip looked on the verge of tears, as did Sofia, several times throughout the ceremony. Several guests were spotted wiping tears, including Crown Princess Victoria and Crown Princess Mette-Marit. Carl Philip and Sofia also chose some interesting music, including Coldplay, a Swedish cover of Rhianna, and “Joyful, Joyful”. The music seems odd to me, but it clearly meant something to the couple, and because of how happy they both looked, I can let it go.
As predicted, Sofia wore a dress by Swedish designer, Ida Sjöstedt. The dress is “three tones of white… made of a crepe-silk doubled with Italian silk organza” and hand-embroidered couture lace applique. Sofia’s veil was made of thin bridal tulle with hand-embroidered sheer cotton lace.
Sofia wore a new diamond and emerald tiara that was a gift to her from King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia.
Sofia carried a bouquet of garden roses in cream and coral, and the traditional myrtle from Sofiero. Princess Margaaret of Connaught brought a bush of myrtle from England to Sweden when she married Gusta VI Adolf in 1905. Sprigs of myrtle have been used by royal brides since 1935.
Sofia shocked me with her choice of dress, and not in a bad way. I was fully expecting a giant sequin and tulle disaster, and Sofia came out in a rather subdued lace gown.
Several of you have mentioned that Sofia’s dress reminds you of Kate Middleton‘s wedding dress. I understand why people think that, but it doesn’t remind me too much of Kate’s. The neckline is far more open rather than a deep V like Kate’s. And Sofia’s dress does not have as full a skirt, nor the bustle in the back. And the lace is completely different. In fact, other than that it has sheer lace sleeves, I don’t see much similarity. I think Sofia’s dress was nice and on the simple side. It was not a showstopper, nor was it iconic, but she looked pretty.
Sofia wore her dress with her sun back tattoo showing. I’m glad she showed her tattoo. It’s a part of her and she shouldn’t have to cover it up if she doesn’t want to.
The only thing I really have a problem with is how her tiara sat on her head. It seemed like it was placed there after the fact, rather than the hairstyle incorporating the tiara into it. Also, I’m just not a fan of center parts.
In terms of how Sofia stacked up against previous royal wedding dresses… As I said, she didn’t have a showstopper gown, nor was her gown iconic, but she did look beautiful. She didn’t crack my top 5, but definitely top 10. In terms of how she ranks with other royal wedding tiaras, Sofia’s doesn’t do much for me. It’s not my least favorite, but it’s toward the bottom.
Carl Philip arrived with his best man, Jan-Åke Hansson.
Carl Philip did not shave his beard. Carl Philip wore the 1878 dress model of the uniform of the Swedish Amphibious Corps, along with the Order of the Seraphim sash and star, and the Order of the Polar Star cross around the neck.
Cutting the cake.
In case you missed watching the wedding live, here is a video of the ceremony (it’s a good hour long):