Prince Carl Philip marries Sophia Hellqvist in Sweden: beautiful or budget?


Sweden’s Prince Carl Philip married his lady of some-odd five years, Sofia Hellqvist on Saturday. The photos are… not really what I was expecting? They’re not bad photos or anything, and if anything, I sort of give props to Sofia and Carl Philip for being so open and welcoming to the press and to the Swedish people with their wedding. People do love weddings, especially when it’s a handsome prince marrying a “commoner.” I guess I was expecting it to look more Swedish, less cookie-cutter. It really seems like Sofia used Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding as a template. Let’s go through some of the details, with my comments.

The gown. It was done by Swedish designer Ida Sjöstedt, but it looks like a budget version of Kate Middleton’s Burton-for-McQueen gown, and Kate’s gown was just a budget version of the gown Grace Kelly wore to marry Prince Rainier in Monaco. It also feels like Sofia doesn’t know her own body – she has a lovely bust, a little bit big for frame, and this dress makes her boobs look too “low”. Also, the placement of the high waist does nothing for Sofia’s trim figure. I’m sure the lace was very expensive, but it looks like cheap lingerie lace to me.

Her hair. I really liked her hair. She did it in a massive, low bun. Very pretty. It was done by “her close friend, Lebanese-born hairdresser Marwan Hitti.”

The tattoo. In photos of Sofia taken from behind, you could clearly see her sunburst tattoo on the back of her neck. That doesn’t really bother me, but some people are clutching their pearls about it.

The tiara. The new HRH Princess Sofia, Duchess of Värmland, got a special gift: a diamond and emerald tiara from King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. The tiara is really beautiful and I like that they gave her a small, delicate-looking piece. I’m also in love with her diamond drop earrings – I wonder if those are a loan/gift.

The bouquet. It bugs me. It’s too big for her and the color scheme doesn’t really go with the rest of the wedding colors.

Modern music. Sofia and Carl Philip chose Coldplay’s “Fix You” and Rihanna’s “Umbrella” for some of the inside-the-chapel music. Sofia walked down the aisle to an Enya song. The choir also sang “Joyful, Joyful” as they left the chapel.

The groom. Why didn’t Carl Philip shave that scraggly beard? Why did he look so oily? He’s a great-looking guy but he looked severely unwashed.

Anyway… now that I’ve nitpicked them to death, I’ll just say that they look very happy. I’d even say that Carl Philip looks happier than Sofia. She was probably nervous or scared that she’d mess something up, plus it looks like she had to walk down like three flights of stairs, all on camera. YIKES! They shouldn’t do that to brides.





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  1. Birdix says:

    The tiara is amazing. Her boobs look fine! The little princess yawning was my favorite part, that and his sisters tearing up.

    • Lahdidahbaby says:

      Better yet was the PRINCE tearing up when he first saw Sofia walking toward him up the aisle.

      According to reports, Carl Philip cried when he saw her.

      I know I just said the same thing twice, in different words, but it cannot be said too many times: the adorable, scruffy prince cried when he saw his new princess. She is possibly the luckiest woman ever born.

      • Lozface says:

        I remember when Prince Frederik cried when Princess Mary walked dowth the aisle. Made me cry too!

        Also his very touching speech at the reception was incredible. As Mary is a fellow Tasmanian I was a little obsessed with that wedding. It was glorious!

        I hope Carl Phillip and Sophia have a wonderful marriage and life ahead lik Fred & Mary!

      • Lahdidahbaby says:

        I am replying to myself: You will NOT allow yourself to want Carl Philip ANYMORE. These two are so in love that it must be honored, even theoretically. That is all.

      • Elly says:

        yes, that was the moment for me 🙂
        This Lord of the Rings music and then Carl Philips reaction… when he first saw her his face was so full of love and he started crying. I thought he will run to her and kiss her… in the aisle

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Now I’m crying. Ha! She looks radiant.(why do we always use that word about brides and new mothers?) but she does.

      • Liberty says:

        He teared up?? Lovely. These two are such a sweet match.

        Her former boss in NYC, where she waitressed while studying, said she had a calming presence, was always smiling and soothing and customers loved her.

      • Lahdidahbaby says:

        Lozface (love yr name!), I didn’t know that about Frederik. It just kind of melts us, doesn’t it, to see a man moved to tears for love.

      • Lahdidahbaby says:

        Liberty, I love hearing that, because it confirms that she deserves this sweet & adorably human man.

      • Anna says:

        My friend was watching this and telling me about it so I decided to check it out and it was so very beautiful and moving. Usually I don’t care too much about royal weddings (I just caught highlights of Kate and William’s on the news) but Carl Phillip’s joy (he really DID get misty-eyed when he saw Sofia!) was so tangible and the way they kept smiling and holding each other’s hands throughout the ceremony was so sweet I ended up watching the whole thing. hahaha It may have been “budget” by royal standards but I think it actually gave it a nice feel of being at a family wedding rather than a royal ceremony.

  2. sara says:

    What does “more swedish” even mean? You were expecting skarsgards to do a dance around a maypole?

  3. krtmom says:

    He’s gorgeous!

    • Timbuktu says:

      Seriously! That’s a prince that could turn some heads even if he were a pauper, IMO. I’m not at all into the British princes, and find Harry even less attractive than William. I’d seriously not give them a second look if they were regular guys walking down the street. This guy, however, is attractive enough to be an actor. Cute AND a prince, that’s a lucky gal.

      • Kym says:

        I Agree with your entire post!

      • AG-UK says:

        He’s Swedish that says it all they are a very attractive nation you get out of the airport and go whaaaat. They are a good match and look so happy

  4. Reale says:

    She looks beautiful. Does not look budget at all.

    • Elisa the I. says:

      +1. I would totally wear that dress at the wedding to my imaginary boyfriend. :))))
      Love the long sleeves!

    • Hautie says:

      I thought she looked lovely too. And found her gown to be a flattering traditional style.

      And my goodness… they do look so happy. Which is a nice change of pace for these Royal weddings. The couple looks thrilled to be there.

      I also loved the wall of flowers, I kept seeing through the day. Lots of pink, blush, coral and yellow flowers.

    • Olenna says:

      Agree. She looked beautiful and really quite charming. I don’t know what it is about her but when she smiles, I feel like smiling, too. I sense a good heart and genuinely good intentions. I wish them the very best.

    • DiamondGirl says:

      Agree – not budget at all! Not every wedding gown with lace is an attempt to copy Kate Middleton. This one is much prettier than Kate’s. The neckline is very flattering.

      Beautiful except that hideous yellow gown. I love the flowers – its whimsical that they don’t match exactly to the other flowers.

      • Anne says:

        Even because Kate copied Grace Kelly’dress

      • funfactor says:

        There has been endless speculation that Kate’s dress was a copy of Isabella Orsini’s.

      • bella says:

        i think this is way prettier than kate’s, too…just lovely.
        i LOVE the tiara, her heels, the train…all of it…
        she is extremely pretty…and beaming with happiness.
        and so is he…
        just beatuiful…

    • CHH says:

      Budget – did you see the walls of REAL fresh flowers behind the altar and behind the head table at the reception. Wow! There was nothing budget about this wedding. It was stunning and they are a beautiful couple. I wish they would leave her past in the past. The media always begins with – Tattooed, former topless model. Sad and Shameful the way some of the media used those descriptions on her wedding day.

  5. InvaderTak says:

    My only gripe is with the bouquet. Not a fan of the shape, wish it was more oblong than round. But that’s nit picking. And kinda dumb. But since we’re talking about it.. .

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I’m not a fan of the big round puffball shape either. If you want round, go smaller and more delicate, but be careful it doesn’t look dinky. If you want big, I agree that a cascade shape is much less stiff looking. Not like a basketball on a stick. Just sayin’. But she looks beautiful.

    • AtlLady says:

      My main issue with the bouquet is the flowers look so washed out against her bright white gown, maybe brighter colored flowers would have been better. Not a big fan of the shape either but that is personal taste.

  6. Senaber says:

    They both look extremely happy. Just enough spice to make a dull wedding (coughcambridges) interesting. I mean, they had a choir sing the arrangement of “joyful joyful” from sister act! CPs emotions are so sweet and genuine.

  7. Easypeasy123 says:

    I kind of love her.
    I think she will take her royal duties seriously because she has something to prove.

    • herladyship says:


    • Franca says:

      I kinda love her too. I didn’t really know anything about her before this wedding, but all the pearl clutching about her past made me like her.
      She looked beautiful, and they both looked so happy.

    • bluhare says:

      I think perhaps she will. I’m ever so disappointed that Kate didn’t live up to that.

    • Liberty says:

      She already is. She is working hard for children and with Carl Philip, started the Royal Couple Foundation (I may have the name slightly wrong) – she is aiready all in. This is not a Kate.

    • sunsetsnow says:

      Yes, she seems really sweet. I am rooting for them!

  8. Sara says:

    I’m sure they’re just dim taxpayer leeches like most royals, but I’ll admit seeing their happy faces made me smile. I love weddings, I love people in love, I love seeing people being happy and celebrating. Stii #singleforlife though 🙂

  9. jeanne says:

    that’s the thing for me. I can overlook all the odd music choices and less than stellar dress because they both look so happy. it makes you want to wish the best for them. it’s like they couldn’t help their smiles, especially him. it was lovely. you saw glimpses of that at will/kate’s wedding (balcony kisses) but not enough.

    • Cran says:

      Glad you can be so gracious as to overlook all those things to notice that they look extremely happy on their wedding day. Lol.

    • Elly says:

      i was shocked when some royalists called the wedding trashy and cheap.
      I liked it because you could feel the love. Yes it wasn´t traditional or extreme regal. The music and all showed their personal taste and characters. It wasn´t a series of stiffy procedures like you get it when the heirs marry. It was an easy-going, happy wedding of two lovers.

      • Olenna says:

        ITA, and that young man sang the heck out of Joyful, Joyful! They were a lovely couple and it was a beautiful wedding.

      • Liv says:

        She looks beautiful and they look very happy. But seriously, would you play “Umbrella” by Rihanna at your wedding? That’s so odd.

      • Cran says:

        You can feel the love and the personal touch. I would have loved to have been there to hear how the music was arranged. One might consider how the music is arranged before calling the song choice odd or inappropriate. The wedding is not happening in a club somewhere.

      • bluhare says:

        They only called it trashy and cheap because they think the bride is trashy and cheap, and nothing will ever change their minds.

      • Zombie Shortcake says:

        The dress does look like it could be ordered online for a little over $200

      • LAK says:

        Agreed Bluhare. And putting aside the fact that the chosen songs were by Rihanna and Coldplay, the sentiments of the lyrics were very sweet.

        Both songs speak of healing someone broken, standing by them, being together forever and taking the best care of them.

        We should all be so lucky if a person wants to say that about us.

        ….but on a serious note, I don’t understand the objection to pop songs in church or weddings in church if the lyrics are appropriate. It’s not as if they sang sir mix a lot.

        I’ve been to churches were pop songs are used as well as hymns. If you can’t let a song stand by itself without picturing the singer cavorting on a wet dance floor, then you are missing a beautiful piece of music eg I never realised what a tragic lament of a song Britney’s ‘hit me baby one more time’ was until I heard the stripped back Travis version. It is truly heartbreaking when you pay attention to the lyrics rather than focus and Britney’s suggestive tease of video that came with it.

        Some royal fansites were objecting to the gospel song too. It was really ridiculous. Why not a happy, bouncy song to send you off to your married life. The grins on Sofia and CP’s faces said it all as they walked out of the church.

      • bluhare says:

        What? Your baby don’t got back, LAK? 😀

      • Liberty says:

        LAK, well said. This couple is obviously very happy and in love and enjoyed their personalized wedding service and songs. They selected songs they loved, they wanted to feel good about their day.

      • Liv says:

        I’m not totally against pop songs in a church, but I don’t get why someone would choose Umbrella at a wedding. There are millions of nice and romantic songs, no matter what you like, which – for me – come more from the heart. Umbrella is – for me – just a generic pop song, nothing special.

      • LAK says:

        LIV – the operative words in your comment are ‘for you’…….

        FOR THEM, ‘Umbrella’ hits the spot. Their wedding, their choices. Not yours.

        Bluhare: LOL

        Liberty: let’s enjoy a happy couple who clearly enjoyed their day. Rihanna, cold play, gospel song and all.

      • nimmi says:

        Yes, the pop songs could be their songs. You know the song you first danced to together, or heard on your first date. Meaningless to us, but special to them. Anyway I like happy couples at weddings.

        Better he marry a lady he is in love with tattoos and all, than to marry someone who looks good on paper but he doesn’t love and then neglects. If more people did this, there would be happier marriages.

  10. aligoat says:

    I do agree about the lace but her hair/tiara is lovely. They look so happy.

  11. lisa2 says:

    They looked very happy and quite in love.. He was so gushy looking at her. Very sweet.

  12. herladyship says:

    She looks beautiful! Love the tiara too.

  13. Bee says:

    They looked so happy. I think she looks lovely, not budget.

  14. s says:

    “More Swedish”? What, like an Ikea logo on her dress?

    • ncboudicca says:

      Yes, and some IKEA meatballs affixed to each prong of the tiara. 🙂

    • aaa says:


      Don’t forget to add on a Volvo patch and get H & M embroidered on the veil.

      • puffinlunde says:

        Well Victoria wore an H&M outfit (retails 1499 SEK or $183)

      • s says:

        How cool is that? I actually recognized the dress, or I thought I did, underneath all the baubles!

      • bluhare says:

        I thought it was brilliant that Victoria wore an inexpensive dress with that magnificent tiara.

      • aaa says:

        <3 Victoria's dress and the Connaught tiara looked great on her!

      • bluhare says:

        You have just ruined this for me with the Volvo thing, because all I can think of now is Jean Claude Van Damme doing the splits as they walk underneath. To Enya. RUINED!!! 😉

      • LAK says:

        OMG that Jean Claude Van Damme ad is everything. LOL

        He also does one for a beer brand though I can’t remember which one and can’t be bothered to google.

      • FLORC says:

        I can. It’s Coors Light. And it’s not bad, but that split between the trucks commercial was awesome.

  15. L says:

    What I can’t figure out is Was she wearing the family veil? Madeline opted not to-but the other Swedish royal brides all have.

    I think the dress is more a knock off of princess Marie’s wedding dress-bug most royal wedding dresses have sleeves and fairly conservative designs. Which is why I always laugh when some girl says she wants to look like a princess on her wedding day, and comes out wearing pinina tornai

    • Chibichchai says:

      THIS! Walking out half naked, blinged out to an inch of your life is not looking princessy. It’s not even close to a Disney princess.

    • aquarius64 says:

      No it wasn’t the family veil. It looks like it.

    • claire says:

      the only reason I know that name is because of Say Yes to the Dress and, my god, those are the ugliest trashiest dresses I’ve ever seen.

  16. Elly says:

    i read that Sofia copied Kate Middleton’s dress on several sides and i disagree.
    It´s as if people can´t look beyond lace sleeves nowadays.

    In what world is a flowing empire dress a copy of a heavy corsage dress? Both dresses have different shapes, different fabrics, different necks and different lace details. The only similarity are lace sleeves and they are typically bridal wear (100 years ago and now).

    Kate´s dress had similarities (the heart-shaped bustier plus lace) with Grace´s dress, but the rest was different. It had way more similarities with the dress of Isabella Orsini.
    Bridal wear always has the same components.

    • FLORC says:

      The style with lace sleeves has been done so many times, but the dresses look very little alike in the larger view. Grace Kelly wore it best imo.

      • hannah says:

        I always loved Grace Kelly’s dress — until I saw the skirt and not just the top part , then it became a big NO for me .

    • puffinlunde says:

      Like Kate she also had a different dress for the evening – a much more fitted sleeveless/one shoulder number

    • LAK says:

      This was my thought too.

      The lace sleeves blinded people to the very obvious empire style of Sofia’s dress vs Kate’s more victorian dress complete with a bustle and big structured skirt.

  17. Debra says:

    How fun was it when he was struggling to get the ring on her finger? Everybody got a good chuckle about it. They seem much more laid back and open than the British royal family. Like maybe you could actually have fun around them, instead of worrying about who to bow to what or what not to call someone. Just my opinion…

    • Lostara says:

      My thoughts exactly. 🙂

    • bluhare says:

      When we got married, the judge said that when Mr. bluhare put the ring on to not try to jam it down my finger because they get stuck all the time. Just take it down to the knuckle and fix it later. That’s what we did. 🙂

      • ralyra says:

        That’s what happened at my wedding. I tried to slip the ring on my husband’s finger. I got it as far as the knuckle and then folded his fingers over into a soft fist so it wouldn’t fall off.

      • FLORC says:

        As low key as my wedding was we tried on the rings after receiving them.
        Highly suggest it.

  18. dr mantis toboggan says:

    That tiara is stunning. That’s the only nice thing I can say

    • lisa says:

      her dress looks like something from that $150 sale at david’s bridal, plus it is either not tailored properly or just a bad cut for her

      her teeth look even jankier from the side

      she and her prince look older every time i see them, they are aging like dollar store cheese. i cant drum up an ounce of interest over either of them.

      but that tiara is everything, everything, and more everything

      • Bored suburbanhousewife says:

        I know it’s wrong but I can’t get past her teeth either.

        Also the uniformed palace attendant behind them in the photo looks pissed.

      • FLORC says:

        This is why my husband and I had a private ceremony. So that the focus would be on love and not picking apart the details. I understand you and I weren’t guests. More a comment towards their lives together. Any weakness will be seen and attacked. 1 thing that isn’t a weakness? Their looks of love to eachother.

  19. zut alors! says:

    Is that a wall of flowers I see behind the royal couple in the first pic? I wonder if there was a golden toilet….

    • Lucy2 says:

      It is a wall of flowers! But at least it looks like flowers, and not moldy cheese, like some other wedding we know…

      • zut alors! says:

        I guess they will be enjoying their honeymoon instead of spending it obsessively photoshopping their wedding pics lol

      • Zombie Shortcake says:

        Who had the mouldy cheese flowers? (My money’s on the Alamuddin-Clooneys).

    • puffinlunde says:

      Crown Princess Victoria had a wall of flowers at her wedding in 2010

  20. Jayna says:

    It is at first glance reminiscent of Kate’s gown, but not a blatant copy at all. And while she still has a great figure in the gown, it’s not quite as flattering to her great waist and shape as it could have been. Still, she looks lovely. I do love the tiara and hair. I didn’t notice her boobs being too low at all.

    They look really happy and in love.

  21. ncboudicca says:

    I really like the bouquet, what a beautiful summery palette.

  22. OhDear says:

    They looked very happy together. Though I read somewhere that their ceremony was a bit odd?

  23. Lucy2 says:

    I’m not seeing the problems with the dress, The lines of the bust and waist look fine to me. It’s a bit old fashioned, but I think that’s to be expected for a royal wedding.

  24. Dena says:

    Why must everything & everyone be compared to William & Kate? They are not the gold standard for anything.

    As for the dress, who knows that look could be the “trend” for high-end weddings? In truth, it’s nothing more than a basic white sweetheart dress.

    At first, I did think that the bouquet should have picked up more of the pink & peach that was part of the overall floral pattern. Went back and forth with that for a minute then was like . . . Meh.

    Beard: yeah, he should have tightened that up.

    I enjoyed watching the King during the wedding & folks following his lead. For example, the guests all stood at one point. Then, at one point, he was like “ok, I’m sitting down & he threw his arm out like “take a sit”. The others were like “King CG just sat down, we can sit down too.”

    Also that that if Princess Anne’s kids had titles that they are within the age group who should have probably been the reps from GB as opposed to the Earl & Countess Wessex.

    • Olenna says:

      The comparisons really are tiresome. It could be said that Kate’s gown is a copy of others as well, in particular the Orsini gown. IMO, Sophie’s overall look was much better and she didn’t look starved to within an inch of her life. I love the tiara and how her hair show-cased it. The gown fit well, the neckline was less severe and there were no cone boobs.

      • Dena says:

        Olenna! I thought that about Sophia too. I was so happy that she hadn’t starved herself to nothingness. Sophia & Carl also appear to have a much healthier & equal relationship than W&K. In some ways, I’m even beginning to think that Sophia may have “saved” Carl from himself, etc.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        It has been noted that she’s had a positive influence on him – and getting him into more social issues instead of just working with sports organizations.

        She founded the Project Playground, which works with children in South Africa, in 2010. And she did volunteer work in Ghana in 2009 – before she met her prince. Though a lot of her detractors want to overlook that point.

      • FLORC says:

        Now, I’ve read that she founded it, but since has had nearly abandon it with exception to PR. Or am I thinking of another?

      • ArtHistorian says:

        She has recently stepped back from the board of the charity – probably because she and Carl Philip are creating their own charity now. They apparently requested donations for the new foundation instead of wedding presents.

        I am a bit wary about giving too much credence to tabloids and internet gossip – especially since there seem to be a lot of mis-information circling around.

      • notasugarhere says:

        She did not found Project Playground, it was around in 2008 and she joined it later. She met CP in 2008 when he was with Emma. After they met she went to Africa, advertized for donations that went straight into her personal account. CP and Emma broke up in spring 2009, he and Sofia were seen publicly together a few months later. She is no longer working officially as part of PP, but remains an adviser or something.

  25. Lynne says:

    I think they looked great, and happy! Oh, and Swedish!

  26. HEJ says:

    So proud of my country! Yay!
    I know some people think she’s cheap or whatever but I couldn’t care less.
    She’s working with children and trying to give people in need get a better life.
    In my opinion we couldn’t have gotten a better addition to our royal family

    • claire says:

      It’s been making me so mad to see every single headline mention tattoos and glamour photos. Sheesh! Who cares! As if those are the only things notable about her.

    • Kym says:

      You should be proud Hej- They seem like a genuine, beautiful couple!

  27. FLORC says:

    Big genuine smiles. Originalish ceremony to highlight their personalities.
    Now, that love will come in handy as the criticism rolls in. Hold on tight!

  28. HEJ says:

    Plus he started to cry when he saw her!
    It was the cutest thing ever exept when he said : Sofia, du är bäst.

  29. MediaMaven says:

    They had me at tiara: If I had that tiara, I’d wear it all the time – at the store, at work, while vacuuming my house, going through the drive-thru at Starbucks – all…..the…..time.

  30. MinnFinn says:

    My favorite photo from the wedding is bride and groom at the altar and in the background Princess Madeleine her husband and their toddler Leonore sitting horsey-ride style on dad’s knee with a pacifier in her mouth.

    Scroll way down to see that photo here.

    • bluhare says:

      The family was great with that little girl. Daniel’s got the touch.

      But I saw the Daily Mail article and they couldn’t leave it alone for a second, could they? Poor woman’s getting married and all they can say is she’s a topless model who scrubs up well.

      • MinnFinn says:

        Bluhare, So how many years from today will the Daily Mail still be mentioning her glamour modeling past every time they print something about her? I bet it will be 3 years.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        Daniel is the toddler whisperer! 🙂

      • bluhare says:

        MinnFinn, I give it longer than that. They’ll have those photos in her obituary.

  31. Dena says:

    Also loved how Princess Leonore got passed from royal lap to lap at the wedding. That was sweet & very familial. Comparing her to Princess Estelle, who was sitting in the “big girl” section as a flower girl and who is older, I was truly able to see the early yet subtle prepping of the little girl who will be Queen versus Leonore who simply has to be.

    • puffinlunde says:

      Amazing how Prince Daniel seems to be the baby whisperer and took over the job of calming Leonore down when Madeleine and Chris were struggling. Madeleine looked pretty unconfortable near her due date in a hot church

    • bluhare says:

      Victoria cried when she saw her walking down the aisle. It was lovely.

      • aquarius64 says:

        Some are saying it’s tears of sadness, that’s she’s marrying in.

      • bluhare says:

        “Some” aren’t correct, in my opinion. She didn’t cry the rest of the time other than when Estelle walked in. If she was sad about her marrying in you’d think she’d be sobbing when they said “I do”.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        The entire family looked genuinely happy! There’s no doubt in my mind that Sofia has been welcomed by her in-laws with open arms.

  32. TessD says:

    Beautiful couple!!

  33. Livealot says:

    Meh. They both look rough and equally suited for each other. I prefer the previous post with all the attendees

  34. Anaya says:

    Now that Sofia is a princess could she please fix her teeth. Other than that I think she looked beautiful. I agree that Carl Philip should have shaved off the beard but seeing the happiness in his eyes as he looked at Sofia excuses that. He looks so hot in his uniform. CP has a great butt on him too! All in all I’d say this was a very nice wedding.

    • Sullivan says:

      What’s wrong with her teeth? I think her smile is charming because it isn’t unrealistically perfect.

    • wendi says:

      Fix her teeth? They look normal, fine and natural and don’t detract from her appearance. Maybe she should get fake, obvious veneers like Kate? Hopefully not.

    • Bored suburbanhousewife says:

      To Americans, her teeth do not look “normal” or “nice”. We have become accustomed to perfectly aligned teeth due to the prevalence of orthodontia as a rite of passage in average daily life, Between myself and my children, I feel like I’ve spent half my life at the orthodontist! Now I can’t help but zoom right to the teeth when I look at someone. Sometimes I am amazed by the sheer perfection of my children’s post orthodontia treatment! (Good thing it costs enough). Plus, most actors and models now fix their teeth through even more expensive and intricate cosmetic procedures, we have now come to expect it, even if that is a bad thing in some sense,

      It may be wrong, it may be unnatural, but I’m conditioned to it now to me, her teeth are off putting, I’m sorry.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        There’s nothing wrong with her teeth! She has a lovely smile. I’d also like to add that Scandianvian dentists aren’t very keen on giving children and young people big orthodontic procedures only for cosmetic reasons.

      • candice says:

        there’s orthodontics and then there’s veneers. the latter look like chicklets and are blatantly obvious and fake looking – think Kate.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        What are chicklets?

      • bluhare says:

        It’s chewing gum that is in uniformly square white pieces, AH.

      • RUDDYZOOKEEPER says:

        Please don’t assume all Americans feel this way. We do not.

      • Anne says:


        Yes! I’m an American and I find Sophia’s smile, imperfect teeth and all, quite charming. She exudes happiness when she smiles, it’s lovely. Perfection’s overrated.

  35. aquarius64 says:

    The bride’s dress looks like one you find in any bridal shop, and the back tattoo was on display. The wedding was classified as a semi-state occasion; and these two wouldn’t be married if the Swedish government didn’t give final approval of the marriage. Plus the Swedish taxpayers are paying for at least half for the wedding costs. That’s why they’re getting the “tacky” shade.

  36. Jaygee says:

    I feel like the comparisons to W&K don’t hold because–whatever the reason, protocol or British culture or otherwise–W&K did not express this much emotion at their wedding. CP and Sophia seem truly overcome with joy.

  37. Beth No. 2 says:

    Yes her dress does look somewhat like Kate’s but then I’m not a fan of weddings and wedding dresses all look pretty boring and fussy to me. I suppose there are only that many styles to choose from especially if it’s a royal wedding and you can’t exactly go bonkers or hog wild or avant garde experimental with the design. She looks pretty and her boobs are fine, though I agree the bouquet is ugly.

    Prince CP looks hot with the beard!

  38. Susan says:

    Is that Captain Obvious?

    • Nephelim says:

      No . Some people said it ´s captain save-a- h…. ( evil wiked laugh)

      Sorry to all people who feel offended by this display of humour :):) , but I can´t resist the temptation…

      • bluhare says:

        If there was any humor in there I missed it.

      • Nephelim says:

        “If there was any humor in there I missed it.”
        Someone is not happy…

        Well, that ´s my opinion and my silly joke. You can always go somewhere and “miss” something more worth your time , there are more important things in life to express your concern
        I doubt this couple cares about my joke or your deeply concern about this matter


  39. TessD says:

    I think he has a type – brunette, small eyes, easy smile. Both of the girls he dated look like his mom!

  40. emortens says:

    Am I not the only one happy she clearly hired a makeup artist and didn’t do her own; al la kate racoon eyes?
    And the dress is amazing, I would wear that. Maybe not as over the top as we expect royal dresses to be, but that makes me like it more.

  41. Liberty says:

    Watching a couple years of VIKINGS on the History channel with its sea of unwashed hotties prepared me to look upon Carl Philip with favor, albeit thru a Disney screen. I think he is the perfect cartoon Prince and his patchy-ish beard thing may be due to hard focussed living, the result of all the royal ribbons he got for beer drinking. That said, actor Jean Reno could teach him a few things about scruff maintenance.

    I loved the flowers! They were warm and buttery.

    Best tiaras EVER.

  42. Midnightatthemuseum says:

    Where I come from high waist + big bouquet = pregnant.

    • HEJ says:

      I hope she’s not pregnant now!
      Not that it matters in that way but the court would die, then make statements about how ” un-princessy” she is and It would be the only thing in the newspapers here for months!

      • Midnightatthemuseum says:

        I’m not really implying that, just being mischievous. Sounds like she would get a hard time over it though!

  43. seesittellsit says:

    The dress to me looks considerably less couture-ish than Kate’s did -much less volume in the skirt, the bustle, etc. that Kate had – it’s also true that in photos you don’t get quite the beautiful lace details of Sofia’s dress, so it looks plainer in photos than it probably did in the flesh, as it were. But she looks lovely, the dress is quiet but timeless, the tiara is perfect size for a “newly minted” princess. I liked it, overall. And the born-royal half, the groom, is third in line, not the Heir, as Victoria was. So it all looks nicely balanced to me. I also thought Crown Pss. Mary of Denmark’s gown the loveliest of the royal guests.

    • ArtHistorian says:

      I love Mary’s style in general – it is very close to what I would love to wear if I wasn’t broke. I did find her look subdued but elegant – and extra points for the jewels in her hair (other than the tiara).

      However, the big winner in the style department was Queen Maxima, who repeated a Jan Tamiinau couture gown paired with a Ruby Tiara – and a matching burgundy fan for the hot church!

      • notasugarhere says:

        Maxima was the winner for me too. Mary’s dress was a lovely color but unfortunately rumpled, which happens a lot with satin.

  44. Betti says:

    I watched the live stream on and off – it was a great wedding and while the music wasn’t to my taste (not my wedding) it will still a great occasion.

    The dress – it was a lovely dress and she suited it and i must be one of the few who liked the bouquet. I think Sofia probably deliberately chose a demure dress – she has worked hard to change her image around and i have to say i like her. CP is a man in love.

    Also my favourite dress was the Queen of Norway’s – it was bright yellow with pleats that she wore with such aplomb. I think she is the only person in the world who could carry it off.

    They really are a couple in love – thats the one thing that shone through – she seemed very nervous as at during the dinner (which was broadcast) she gave a short speech and was nervy but props to her. I’ve yet to see this kind of emotion between the Cambridges – even at CP sister’s wedding you could see the love between the couples.

    • ArtHistorian says:

      Queen Sonja’s dress was very very yellow. I didn’t like it – not because of the colour but more because of that ruffled Majorca look it had.

      I’m in a minority but I really liked Victoria’s H&M dress.

  45. Tough Cookie says:

    I didn’t like the dress at first but it’s growing on me. LOVE the tiara!! I was hoping they would play some ABBA at the wedding…maybe they saved that for the party after.
    I just cannot get enough of them.

  46. Me too says:

    Her skin is lovely and I agree her small teeth and imperfect teeth adds to her charm.

  47. LAK says:

    The dress looked like kate in so far as they are both white and have lace accents and long sleeved.

    Designwise, they are completely different.

    Kate’s dress is a structured upper corset, cone boobed, nipped in at the waist with a bustle and unfurling flower at the back with a big skirt made from very heavy material layered like the petals of a flower. The bustle and flower details were hidden by the heavy material of the veil and it didn’t show up on camera. As much as it heavily homages Grace Kelly’s dress, it actually looks like a late victorian/Edwardian dress without the mutton sleeves common to that period.

    Sofia’s dress as you can see from the last picture is clearly an empire style with a fitted bodice to hold her boobs. It isn’t nipping into her waist nor does it have the stiff corsetry of Kate’s dress. In motion you could tell that it was made from a light material with no heavy undergarments to hold it up.

    Further, despite the long lace sleeves, which are the only similarity to Kate’s dress, the shape of the neckline of the two dresses are completely different. One was a deep V shape (Kate) the other is a boat shape lace covering a sweetheart neckline.

    I really enjoyed their gospel exit. How they didn’t boogy down the aisle shows a level of restraint I would not have.

    They are clearly happy to marry each other. That’s always something I enjoy at weddings. I hate weddings where you are starting the divorce countdown before the I do is finished.

    • bluhare says:


      I like both dresses. I liked Kates and I like this one. Kate’s was more formal; this had some flow. A lot like both of the weddings.

    • FLORC says:

      Nailed it.


  48. M.A.F. says:

    I agree about the groom looking messy. Also, his pants were not tailored, they look baggy to me. And kudos to her for not covering her tattoo.

  49. Amy M. says:

    Don’t agree with any of the nitpicking points as usual (I rarely agree with the fashion when it comes to the writers on CB but I do appreciate the different viewpoints).

    Her dress. Is. Perfect. So much prettier than Kate’s and not budget at all. I want her tiara. Her updo is beautiful. The bouquet is a little big but who cares. They both look so happy. Carl Philip looks handsome with scruff. I still think he should have married me (I would have learned Swedish for him) but glad he found someone.

  50. Bea says:

    I always thought of him as a bit of an a-hole but in these pictures he looks cute as a button and the bride is very very beautiful.

  51. boredblond says:

    In the close-up of her face, there’s a wonderful sparkle in her eyes..and laugh lines..just so naturally lovely.

  52. altariel says:

    Carl Philip is just too adorable. Scruff and all, he is delicious. His tearing up and loving, adoring looks at her are just too much! How romantic can he get? Almost too good to be true. He is truly madly in love with her 🙂

    Don’t care for her dress at all. I don’t always agree with dresses looking budget, but I think this one certainly does. I see how show she tried to be demure and regal, but it turned out to be just ok- looking.

    The tiara is fabulous and the bouquet is beautiful. But her best accessory by far is that fine piece of Prince by her side. Lucky, lucky lady 🙂

    • Jayna says:

      It looks nice on her, but it’s not a sunning gown. Of course, it’s not made made with cheap lace and such, but it looks like an average dress from an average wedding store from just photos and not up close in person. It makes me appreciate Amal’s wedding dress with all of that gorgeous lace.

  53. Jen43 says:

    He looks awful here. The beard , greasy hair and pants seem so wrong for a wedding. however, she looks lovely, and they seem to be genuinely in love.

  54. Outeropinion says:

    These two have just the right amount of “We don’t give an eff” to put them on my “favorite celebrities” list. Love all the personal touches in their wedding. Some people may call them cheesy, but I think they’re great! And his speech…..oh melt. They seem to be genuinely in love. And I love that her teeth aren’t perfect — nor her background!

  55. The Original Mia says:

    Budget. I like the top half of her dress. No cone boobs, So, that’s a plus. But it really does look like it came from David’s Bridal. The lace is cheap. The tiara is fine. Sitting too far back on her head, though.

    CP could have cleaned up. He looks his usual greasy and unkempt self.

    But this wedding, reception (what was that cake?), and trashy afterparty are all representative of who Sofia & CP are. This is what they wanted.

    • Altariel says:

      Yes, totally David’s Bridal!

      I always wondered about Kate’s boobs in her wedding gown …seemingly spread so far apart? So there was some serious coneage going on in there? Lol

  56. Vava says:

    My overall impression was that the bride and groom are deeply in LOVE. To have endured a formal wedding like this and still emote! I really don’t care what either of them are wearing, or flowers they are carrying, or teeth, or tiaras. They are both stoked to be married to each other and that is WONDERFUL. Didn’t get any of that vibe at William/Kate’s wedding.

    • ArtHistorian says:

      The scandinavian royal weddings have all been somewhat emotional affairs – like CP Frederik shedding a tear when his bride walked up the aisle. However, this one is perhaps the most joyous one that I’ve ever seen. It was wonderful. And the most complete contrast to that akward, constipated affair that was Will and Kate’s wedding.

      I know the BRF is much more stiff and unresponsive emotionally but I did feel that W&K’s was more akward and stiff than usual. Maybe because even the bride and groom were so restrained in their emotions that it was hard to find a look of love between them. Maybe the BRF just don’t like displaying their affections publicly – like you see with other European royals who are not afraid of holding hands or plant a chaste kiss on a forehead, etc.

    • Altariel says:

      Yes, they are SO genuinely happy! I got the same vibe from photos of his sisters’ weddings, ecstatic smiles all around. I’m guessing the Swedish royal family are a very close-knit, happy family, just guessing of course.

    • may23 says:

      I felt the same! Though I’m not sure I agree about Kate/Will’s wedding – different people just express their emotions differently, – but these two are just so wonderful together. And considering they’ve been going out for several years, it is a good sign. Tried and true, their feeling won’t evaporate a year after the wedding.

  57. wendy davis says:

    I just hope the financial irregularities with her charity have been ironed out. Project playground, the charity she co-founded? It was revealed that donations went straight into Sofia personal bank account.

    But hey, what’s a little fraud when there’re tiaras to wear?! amirite?!

    • Margaret says:

      I was wondering if anyone would bring that up. The spin is strong with this couple. CP’s speech stressing all the hardship they endured to be allowed to marry was a disgrace In light of the sad struggle Princess Vic and Prince Daniel endured for years before they were allowed to marry.
      Also, no mention of the phallic flower towers?

    • notasugarhere says:

      Many early articles about Kate Middleton have been whitewashed and/or disappeared. The same has happened with Sofia.

  58. TotallyBiased says:

    Alright, WHERE’S THE GoT CONVERSATION??? Because I KNOW you guys are talking about tonight’s episode, and I need my second-hand fix!! Do I have to go to one of those ‘Kit Harrington Says Words’ posts?

  59. Matty Strom says:

    Well, this cost more than 9 Million Swedish krona, I just wonder how much of it the Swedish tax payers had to pay.

  60. Subconciously says:

    I disagree with the article.

    1. The bouquet: The flowers are a muted-down and lighter-coloured version of the overall colour scheme which can be seen in the first pic (the walls). I thought it did fit rather well.

    2. The dress does a lot for Sophias figure and her tiny waist. Except the first picture does not depict that as the bouquet somewhat hides her curves.

    3. The silk of her dress gets over-white by those flashlights. There is lots of light on a summer day and the flashlights did do their part to make the silk look over-white with a blue-ish tinge.

    4. In comparison to Kate Middleton:
    – Sophia has a lovely and beautiful neckline on her dress. Kate had a pointy-down neckline which made her look a touch tacky. Kate’s neckline reminded me of those “slit-to-the-navel” dresses. Kate looked bony and emaciated. Sophia looks rather lovely.
    – Kate’s neckline had a half-turtleneck kind of collar which did a good job to make her look harsh and controlling. It was a bad idea for a wedding dress.
    – Kate’s corsage had two pointy breasts. Sophia’s corsage is just lovely without being tacky in the least.
    – Kate’s smile was very much non-natural and kind of “dead”. Her whole mime during the wedding was somewhat frozen and artificial. I suspected that Kate used some tranquilizers or botox before her ceremony. Sophia looked nervous, yes, but also very happy and she had a rather natural smile except for that little bit of nervous.
    – Kate’s overly tanned skin and over-the top caked-on makeup made her look like a barbie doll. Sophia looks much more natural and only with a slight but nice tan. Kate had smokey eyes and rouge balks on her cheeks and that made her look ROUGH and cheap.
    – The hair: Kate wore her ridiculously enhanced fake tresses rather loose. This did hide her not-so-pretty neck-back-spine-line. I do prefer an updo like Sophia’s for a wedding because it is less trouble. An updo looks much better under a veil. An updo looks better with a grand dress when you don’t want to hide or disturb the neckline with wildly flowing hair. Spring and summer weddings can get warm and dancing gets you … . And because of tradition: only unmarried girls wear their hair loose. It is a priviledge of married women to wear their hair up.
    All classically styled brides do updos for church. Grace Kelly. Charlene of Monaco. Victoria of Sweden. Madeleine of Sweden.

    I think that Sophia did a very good job and I hope she makes him happy. I also hope she does some charity work and tries to make things better to justify the expenses lavished on Royals even today. If Queen Silvia manages to take Sophia under her wing then perhaps things might work out much better than the marriage of Kate Dolittle Middleton married to Prince William.

    • Anne says:

      I HATED that Kate wore her hair half-up/half-down for the wedding. I thought it totally went against the style and formality of the dress. It looked wrong.