Guests arrive for Swedish princess' wedding
A girl waves with a Swedish flag outside the Royal castle in Stockholm, Saturday June 8, 2013 where Princess Madeleine of Sweden will marry New York banker Christopher O'Neill in the Royal church later in the day. (AP Photo / Bertil Enevåg Ericson / SCANPIX) ** SWEDEN OUT **
STOCKHOLM (AP) — European royals, wealthy Americans and pop stars in sweeping, colorful dresses arrived Saturday at the Royal Chapel in Stockholm for the lavish wedding of Sweden's Princess Madeleine and New York banker Christopher O'Neill.
Outside the palace, several thousand royal fans had gathered in the sunshine waving Swedish flags and hoping to catch a glimpse of the couple, who will tie the knot in front of some 470 guests.
"We hope she will be very happy in the future, the princess Madeleine," said Julia Huelsman, who had traveled from Munich, Germany for the occasion.
Madeleine, 30, is the youngest of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia's three children and fourth in line to the throne. The 38-year-old O'Neill works as a partner and head of research at Noster Capital, a hedge fund with offices in London and New York.
CEO of fashion company Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) Karl-Johan Persson and wife Leonie arrive for the wedding of Swedish Princess Madeleine and Christopher O'Neill at the Royal Castle in Stockholm, Saturday June 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Maja Suslin, Scanpix) SWEDEN OUT
The couple met through mutual friends in New York, where they both live, and were first spotted together having lunch at the Central Park Boathouse in January, 2011. They announced their engagement in October, 2012.
Guests at the wedding include the U.K.'s Earl and Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward and Sophie; Princess Takamado of Japan and princes and princesses from Norway, Denmark, Greece, Luxembourg and Monaco.
O'Neill has also invited many of his super-rich friends, such as Opel heir Georg von Opel, Cadbury chocolate heir Joel Cadbury, Colombian billionaire Alejandro Santo Domingo and Aidan and Fizzy Barclay. Other well-known invitees are Duran Duran band member John Taylor, the CEO of fashion retailer H&M, Karl-Johan Persson and golfer Jesper Parnevik.