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To begin, if you would like to relive the wedding festivities (or you missed them the first time), you can rewatch the SVT coverage of the wedding (standard, with subtitles, or with sign language interpretation) or the whole just-under-10-hour broadcast until December 10. (There’s also a video of the wedding – or just the highlights – on YouTube.)

Photo by Frankie Fouganthin (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Prince Carl Philip of Sweden married his long-time girlfriend, former reality TV star/glamour model and children’s charity founder Sofia Hellqvist in the Royal Chapel of Stockholm’s Royal Palace this afternoon, and as royal weddings go, this was full of surprises.

The first surprise was a new tiara worn by Sofia. I haven’t heard anything about the provenance of the tiara beyond that it is a gift to Sofia from the King and Queen. It has what appear to be palm or honeysuckle elements in diamond topped by emeralds. It “popped” wonderfully against Sofia’s dark hair and the beautiful coral, orange, and blush roses that covered the church and Vita Havet Rooms in the Royal Palace where the wedding banquet was held.

The second surprise was the music. To be honest, it was a bit of a mixed bag. Sofia and her father entered to an instrumental version of “Athair ar Neamh,” a Gaelic song by Irish singer Enya (one of my favorite singers, actually). Later in the ceremony, a choir sang both Coldplay’s “Fix You” and a Swedish version of Rihanna’s “Umbrella.” However, the notable moment came at the recessional, when we were all treated to “Joyful, Joyful,” a gospel setting of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”… which became famous as the finale of the Whoopi Goldberg film Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit. To say that came out of nowhere is an understatement. (For starters, the order of service only says “Music based on the Finale from Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No 9.”) (Please note that I am not trying to be catty. The Sister Act movies are guilty pleasure movies for me. I was just taken completely by surprise by its unexpected inclusion, that’s all.)

Beyond that, however, it was obvious that Carl Philip and Sofia are crazy in love with each other, and wanted to have their wedding their way, and that’s all that matters. I wish them all the best.

Grattis till Prins Carl Philip och Prinsessan Sofia!
(Congratulations to Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia!)

A quick note: An unbelievably huge thank you to all my lovely readers and to those who just discovered this blog for the first time this past weekend. Saturday brought the most page views this blog has ever had in its three-and-a-half years of existence, and I’ve now reached over 4,900 visitors and over 10,800 views. I still feel like a relative newbie in royalty blogging circles, and seeing my page view stats go through the roof was a lovely surprise to cap off a lovely day. I’m so glad my blog was able to help so many join in on the festivities through the wedding web stream.