Wedding of Princess Madeleine and Christopher O'Neill


The wedding of Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland, and the British-born American financier Christopher O'Neill took place in Stockholm on 8 June 2013.

Wedding of Princess Madeleine and Christopher O'Neill
The newlyweds following the ceremony
Date8 June 2013 (2013-06-08)
VenueRoyal Chapel, Stockholm Palace
LocationStockholm, Sweden
ParticipantsPrincess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland
Christopher O'Neill

Background


The couple at the celebrations of the National Day of Sweden, two days prior to the wedding.

Princess Madeleine is the second daughter and youngest child of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden. As such, she is currently seventh in the line of succession to the throne.[1] In 2009, she was engaged to marry the Swedish lawyer Jonas Bergström, with whom she had been in relationship since 2002. The wedding was set to take place in 2010, shortly after the June wedding of Princess Madeleine's elder sister and heir apparent to the throne, Crown Princess Victoria. In April 2010, however, the wedding was canceled and the engagement was broken off.[2] Madeleine subsequently moved to New York City, where she met the British-born financier Christopher O’Neill. The first time they appeared in public as a couple was in January 2011.[3] Their engagement was announced on 25 October 2012.[1][4] The wedding was both publicly financed and paid by for by the king (who did not reveal how much he paid). The wedding cost an estimated 3 million kronor.[5]

Ceremony


The ceremony was held at the Royal Palace chapel in Stockholm on 8 June 2013.[6][7] Lars-Göran Lönnermark, Chief Court Chaplain of the Royal Court and Bishop Emeritus of Skara, and Michael Bjerkhagen, Vicar of the Royal Court, conducted the ceremony.[8][9] SVT, TV4 and TV4 News broadcast the wedding live throughout the entire day for Swedish viewers.[7][10] Madeleine wore a wedding dress designed by Italian fashion designer Valentino Garavani.[11] Madeleine was escorted halfway down the aisle by her father King Carl XVI Gustaf. She and Chris walked together for the other half. At the left of the altar sat the crown of Hedvig Elisabeth Charlotte, Queen of Norway and Sweden, the same crown that was present at the baptismal font at Princess Madeleine’s christening.[12]

Wedding cake


The cake was made of 700 macarons stacked into a pyramid shape.[13]

After the wedding


The procession after the wedding

Princess Madeleine did not adopt the surname O'Neill and instead remained without a surname, allowing her to retain the style of Royal Highness. Christopher O'Neill also did not change his last name, unlike his brother-in-law Daniel, husband of Crown Princess Victoria.[14][15]

In May 2013, the Marshal of the Realm Svante Lindqvist announced that O'Neill had asked not to be granted royal status and to remain a private citizen. O'Neill wished to retain his UK and US citizenships and his business as Head of Research at an investment firm in New York City, while relinquishing both the citizenships and business are necessary to become a member of the Swedish Royal Family. O'Neill therefore did not become Prince of Sweden or Duke of Hälsingland and Gästrikland.[16][17] On the website of the Swedish Royal Court he was listed as a member of the royal family until the site was updated.

O'Neill is Roman Catholic and the couple intended to continue residing in New York immediately after their wedding (but later moved to London, England for a few years), but their children will have to be raised in Sweden and as Lutherans, like their mother, in order to have succession rights.[18] On 7 October 2019 Madeleine's father the king issued a statement rescinding the royal status of her three children in an effort to more strictly associate Swedish royalty to the office of the head of state; they are still to be styled as princesses and prince, as well as duchesses and duke of their provinces, and they remain in the line of succession to the throne.[19][20][21] Madeleine commented that her children now will have greater possibilities to format their own lives as private persons.[22]

In August 2018, the Swedish Royal Court announced that the princess and her family were to move to Florida.[23]

Guests


The Bride's paternal family

The Bride's maternal family

  • Ralf de Toledo Sommerlath and Mrs Charlotte de Toledo Sommerlath, the bride's maternal uncle and aunt
    • Carmita Sommerlath Baudinet and Mr Pierre Baudinet, the bride's cousin and her husband
    • Thomas de Toledo Sommerlath and Ms Bettina Aussems, the bride's cousin and his partner
      • Tim de Toledo Sommerlath and Ms Kristina Junghans, the bride's cousin, once removed and his partner
      • Philip de Toledo Sommerlath, the bride's cousin, once removed
      • Giulia de Toledo Sommerlath, the bride's cousin, once removed
  • Walther L. Sommerlath and Mrs Ingrid Sommerlath, the bride's maternal uncle and aunt
    • Patrick Sommerlath and Mrs Maline Sommerlath, the bride's cousin and his wife
      • Leopold Lundén Sommerlath, the bride's cousin, once removed
      • Chloé Sommerlath, bridesmaid, the bride's cousin, once removed
      • Anaïs Sommerlath, bridesmaid, the bride's cousin, once removed
    • Helena Christina Sommerlath, the bride's cousin
    • Vivien Nadine Sommerlath, the bride's cousin

The Groom's family

  • Eva Maria O'Neill, the groom's mother
    • Annalisa O'Neill, the groom's half-sister
    • Karen O'Neill, the groom's half-sister
    • Stefanie O'Neill, the groom's half-sister
    • Tatjana d'Abo and Henry d'Abo, the groom's half-sister and her husband
      • Anouska d'Abo, the groom's niece
      • Celina d'Abo, the groom's niece
      • Jasper d'Abo, pageboy, the groom's nephew
    • Countess Natascha von Abensberg-Traun and Count Ernst von Abensberg-Traun, the groom's half-sister and her husband
      • Countess Milana von Abensberg-Traun, the groom's niece
      • Count Moritz von Abensberg-Traun, the groom's nephew
      • Countess Chiara von Abensberg-Traun, bridesmaid, the groom's niece
      • Count Louis Cajetan von Abensberg-Traun, pageboy, the groom's nephew

Foreign Royalty

The following members of foreign royal families attended the wedding:[24]

Members of reigning royal families
Members of non-reigning royal families

Wedding attendants


  • Chloé Sommerlath (bridesmaid)
  • Anaïs Sommerlath (bridesmaid)
  • Lillie von Horn (bridesmaid)
  • Countess Chiara Abensperg und Traun (bridesmaid)
  • Jasper d'Abo (pageboy)
  • Count Louis Cajetan Abensperg und Traun (pageboy)
  • Cedric Notz (best man)

See also


References


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  2. "Princess Madeleine breaks up with fiancé". The Local. 24 April 2010. Retrieved 19 June 2010.
  3. "Prinsessan Madeleine har förlovat sig – Nyheter". SVT Nyheter. Archived from the original on 4 May 2013.
  4. "Madeleine: "Chris är min själsfrände"". Expressen. 25 October 2012.
  5. "expressen". Retrieved 31 July 2014.
  6. "The Princess Couple – Sveriges Kungahus". Kungahuset.se. 25 October 2012.
  7. "SVT direktsänder prinsessan Madeleines bröllop". SVT.se. 9 April 2013.
  8. "Wedding ceremony". Kungahuset.se. 25 October 2012.
  9. "Madde och Chris har valt präster". Expressen. 27 April 2013.
  10. "TV4 bevakar prinsessbröllopet". TV4.se. Archived from the original on 28 February 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
  11. Adams, Rebecca. "Christopher O'Neill Declines Title Before Wedding To Princess Madeleine Of Sweden". Huffington Post. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  12. "The Wedding of H.R.H. Princess Madeleine and Chris O'Neill". Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  13. "Succétårtan - Maddes idé". Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  14. "No O'Neill name change for Princess Madeleine". The Local. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  15. "No O'Neill name change for Princess Madeleine Princess Estelle skirts Swedish naming laws". The Local. 24 March 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  16. Adams, Rebecca. "Christopher O'Neill Declines Title Before Wedding To Princess Madeleine Of Sweden". Huffington Post. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  17. Törnkvist, Ann. "American 'prince' says no to Swedish citizenship". The Local. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  18. "'New York princess' risks heirs' right to the throne". The Local. 27 February 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  19. Swedish communiqué of king's decree 2019-10-07
  20. English communiqué
  21. "Sweden's king removes five of his grandchildren from royal house". euronews. 7 October 2019. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  22. Linda Johansson in Expressen 2019-10-08 p. 17
  23. Petit, Stephanie (1 August 2018). "Princess Madeleine of Sweden Is Moving Her Family to the United States!". People. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  24. "Gastlista" (PDF). Official website of the Swedish monarchy. 17 April 2013.