The beautiful Swedish princess Madeleine and the New York banker Christopher O’Neill are celebrating their paper anniversary today. They got married in Stockholm, exactly a year ago. Princess Madeleine is the youngest of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia’s three children. Christopher O’Neill is a British-American Business man. They both live in New York, and met through friends.
Approximately 470 guests attended the wedding, including European royals, wealthy Americans and pop stars that showed up in sweeping, colorful dresses. The ceremony was held at the Royal Chapel in Stockholm and followed by dinner at the royal family’s residence, Drottningholm Palace. The Swedish singer, Marie Fredriksson, who is a member of the duet Roxette and Broadway’s “Phantom of the Opera” star Peter Joback performed during the ceremony, which also featured Swedish folk songs and hymns in both Swedish and English.
Princess Madeleine wore a dress designed by the Italian designer Valentino. The stunning gown was fashioned from pleated silk organza with appliquéd ivory-hued Chantilly lace. The upper section of the bodice was lace with a deep-cut back. Narrow vertical pleats opened up from the accentuated waits, above the wife skirt, which ends with a four-metre-long train.Talking about working with Princess Madeleine, Valentino said it had been “just so easy. She is a very lovely girl. She is modern, full of energy and enthusiasm, and she is so beautiful! It has been a pleasure and an honour”
But in our opinion, the most alluring detail was that Princess Madeleine was wearing a Fitinha do Nosso Senhor do Bonfim, a very typical and popular souvenir from Bahia, in Brazil, which consists of a little ribbon that is tied around the wrist with three knots. For each knot, a wish is made, and it is said that, when the ribbon breaks and fall our off your arm, the three wishes come true :)
Pure amusement for the Brazilians who noticed or found out about the detail. As the Swedish queen Silvia is half Brazilian, I wonder if she was the one who gave Madeleine the ribbon, so the couple would live happily ever after. What we truly enjoyed about the fact that she was wearing the ribbon is the fact that although she is a princess and had to follow many rituals and traditions, she managed to add a personal touched. It was a bit hidden, it’s true… but it can still be an inspiration to many couples out there, who really want to make something unique but don’t know how.
During this first year of marriage, Princess Madeleine and Christopher O’Neill were given a very special gift: Princess Leonore, who is going to be baptized tomorrow in Stockhom.