Carl Philip and Sofia Celebrate Marriage Banns

  May 17, 2015 at 9:55 pm by

Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and his fiancee Sofia Hellqvist have celebrated their marriage banns this morning, in a ceremony at the Palace Chapel of the Royal Palace of Stockholm.

Accompanied by their closest family and representatives of official Sweden, the couple stated their intention to marry in the ceremony which is traditionally designed to allow members of the public to express valid reasons why the marriage should not take place. The King’s Chaplain, Lars-Göran Lönnermark, and the Pastor to the Royal Court,  Michael Bjerkhagen, led the service.

The ladies of the Royal Family all chose light, neutral colour tones for their outfits – Sofia wore a cream skirt suit with black trim, Queen Silvia also a cream skirt suit with a pink scarf. Crown Princess Victoria opted for a light blue-grey Filippa K dress and matching fascinator, while Princess Madeleine wore a cream lace dress with an overcoat and large twirled headpiece. The two youngest Princesses, Estelle and Leonore, were also dressed in dusty pink and cream.

A reception at the Royal Palace followed where Carl Philip and Sofia received gifts from various officials. Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Speaker of the Riksdag Urban Ahlin presented them with the gift from Parliament, a double kayak. They received a guitar from the Älvdalen municipality and a large painting from Värmland County.

Also today the Swedish Royal Court confirmed that Ms Hellqvist will become HRH Princess Sofia, Duchess of Värmland when she marries the Prince on June 13.

More photographs can be found in the marriage banns thread.

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