Prince Carl Philip & Princess Sofia’s formal wedding portraits: lovely?


Alright, here are even more photos from Prince Carl Philip’s wedding to Sofia Hellqvist. These are the official royal wedding portraits, taken after the ceremony. Sofia was still wearing her wedding gown, designed by Swedish designer Ida Sjöstedt (I covered the wedding photos on Sunday). I think my favorite out of all of these is the one with Carl Philip and Sofia with their sisters – they both have two sisters each, so it’s lovely to see such a sister-oriented photo. On Carl’s side, he has Princess Victoria and Princess Madeleine (she’s very knocked up) and on Sofia’s side, she had Lina and Sara Hellqvist.


There’s also a big wedding portrait with all of the royal guests, a simple wedding portrait with just the bride and groom (header image), a portrait with both sets of parents and a portrait with the children in the wedding. Victoria’s daughter Estelle was the littlest flower girl! Stella is everything.




I also wanted to include these photos from the pre-wedding party on Friday night, mostly because I genuinely liked Sofia’s dress here. She wore a beautiful blue Zuhair Murad gown with beading on the top. She wore her hair down and it looked very pretty. Bonus photos of Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel and their friend Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway.




Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. writeitoff says:

    The very first picture of them? They look like fabricated cake toppers.

  2. Jane says:

    The groom looks like he needs a shave and a de-greasing.

    • inthekitchen says:

      +1 he’s so slimy and gross looking.

    • tracking says:

      Yes, better grooming is in order. She looks beautiful, especially in the blue dress, and has such a charming smile.

    • jen2 says:

      He seems to have a nice head of hair. I wonder what it would look like if he washed it and layed off whatever gel he uses as it looks like he uses cooking oil or even worse, for those old enough to remember-Crisco. He looks very handsome when he is clean shaven.

    • bluhare says:

      I think he looks great.

      • FLORC says:

        I think so too. I’ve seen greasy, unwashed, guys with poorly groomed beards and he isn’t that.

      • wolfpup says:

        He looks like he is in love, which always looks good on a man. Sophie, (after watching videos of the wedding), seems to be in possession of a real inner beauty, in addition to her happy smiles. I believe that it will last, with a little luck.

    • Jen43 says:

      Ugh. I agree. A show, shave, shampoo and haircut was in order.

    • Christo says:

      Well, I may be in the minority, but the groom is HOT as-is.

      • Becks says:

        I agree. I think the prince is so so hot. And I love all the scruff!

      • Becks says:

        Ummmm…..NBD, but I guess there is another “Becks” posting on this site? I’m the Becks who mostly comments on Rutherford vs. Giersch. (Hi, other Becks)

        I don’t think that level of scruffiness on his wedding day is appealing. If he was crewing on a sailboat, yeah, but on his own wedding day, no.

  3. Abbott says:

    Good god they are good looking.

    • vauvert says:

      See! I don’t like either of them’ he seems totally smarmy and she looks fake, like she is the kind of woman who would stab you in the back at work while smiling. Obviously no idea what they are really like although his trash talking (never been in love BS until her despite a long relationship with his ex) really put me off.

      • writeitoff says:

        Agreed! Claiming he was never in love until her just made me feel terrible for the woman he spent YEARS with. I’m sure she wasn’t aware he was faking it.

      • LAK says:

        You can love someone for years and not be IN love with them.

        It was crass of him to say it publicly, but it doesn’t mean he didn’t love his ex-GF or that he was faking. He was with her for nearly a decade afterall.

        Given his demeanor at the wedding, i’m speculating that the love he feels for his wife is thunderbolt city. Jolted out of the other type of love where you settle for someone like a habit or laziness or fear of the unknown.

        The man was clearly lovestruck at his wedding.

      • Nancy says:

        Sounds like Clooney..

    • Olenna says:

      @Abbott, IKR. In fact, everyone looks nice really nice in these photos. It’s like the “Too Cute” royal wedding show.

    • Liberty says:

      I agree with LAK. You can love someone and think ‘this is love’ and go on and it’s fine….then….unexpectedly, you meet someone one and get hit by the thunderbolt and you get this bigger LURVE! and then you see what it is all about. It’s not a reflection on the person you loved —- you didn’t know there was LURVE though, and now you do. Carl Philip’s comments were dorky or rude and should have been rephrased or kept private. But, I can believe that maybe he went from love to LURVE. It happens.

      He was clearly hit by the thunderbolt from the wedding pics.

      • writeitoff says:

        True…coupled with the fact that he cried when he saw her. However, I’m sure it made his ex feel shitty. She doesn’t get to objectively speculate on his feelings, she just gets to hear that he never loved her even though she spent years loving him. I guess I just feel for her, not trying to take away from the happy married couple (and, truth be told, they do look happy).

      • bluhare says:

        I agree. And his ex may feel the same way he does for all we know. Although I cringe when I hear people say things like that.

      • Tifygodess says:

        But sometimes that feeling of LOVE is really an intense feeling of lust. I have known women (and men) who were in long term relationships to only be hit by this “love bug” when they met someone new . Did the whole “oh I never actually loved before this person..” and guess what fast forward to years later they are in the same position they were before looking for that intense love and excitement. I just find a lot of people confuse being in love, loving someone and lust.

        Of course though I also agree with you all. It’s easy to love someone but not be in love with them plus I also believe that the in love feeling can burn out. Feelings are fluid. We will meet people in life who cause us crazy fireworks but not ever relationship will be that intense.

      • FLORC says:

        Yes to LAK, Liberty, Blu and everyone else understanding the Love comment this way. Love isn’t black/white do/don’t. There are different types and levels of love. And as we go we learn or better understand this stuff.

    • Kitten says:

      Yeah this was my first thought as well, Abbott.

    • Original T.C. says:

      An extremely beautiful couple. They put even Hollywood couples to shame. And the groom is HOT with the beard. Lucky lady.

    • Entrystep says:

      Wow, Gorgeous!
      They are a stunning couple.
      Sofie looked absolutely stunning.
      He is so handsome.
      I like her hair and tiara and dress much better than Kate’s.
      I liked their wedding much better than William and Kate’s too ,which seemed so stiff and lacked warmth.

      This is a Prince who is very much in love with his bride , you could feel the love and strong connection and warmth between these two.

      I never saw Prince Carl show this kind of warmth or connection to his ex, at all. He usually looked like William use-to during the dating years, with the ex, sort of half there, when they were at an event , or tense, unless there were friends and his sisters in the group and they were all doing something together. JMO
      I believe he had strong feelings for his ex, but I don’t believe he was deeply In love with her. I never got the feeling of deep love.

      Sofie may not be many People’s favorite because of her past , but many seem to be under the misconception that his ex was very popular, when IMO she wasn’t. She was accepted yes, she was not controversial, but she was viewed by many and the press in much the same way Kate and Carole Middleton were viewed as a schemer, clinger trying to constantly push a waffling, RELUCTANT Prince into a marriage he did not want. During the years they dated his Ex. was viewed as pushy, scheming with the sisters who were her friends ,to get a RELUCTANT Prince into marriage.
      Carl dumped his ex SEVERAL times , over the years, supposedly telling her he did NOT want to get married, but she was friends w his sisters and she constantly Hung around the sisters as a friend and she and Carl would reunite again and there were the same issues, over and over again, then they’d breakup again. He and his ex had several quiet breakups and at least two or three reported breakups.
      In the last three years of the relationship there were constant reports of breakups, and press reports that she’s just attending events as a friend of the sisters, so I don’t believe it was even solid relationship those last two or three years. IMO
      Go look at photos with him with his Ex and photos of him with Sofie, it’s obvious this man fell deeply in love with his wife he is now married to.

      I loved their wedding, it was beautiful and nice to see a couple marrying who are deeply in love and the groom not looking like he’s completing a chore, like William did. JMO

      Best of luck to them.
      Stunning wedding.

      • Liberty says:

        I didn’t know all this — thank you for sharing.

        It’s nice anyway that the ex found someone and is happily married, and now Carl Philip too has the great love for his own.

    • Nancy says:

      He is incredibly handsome. She is pretty but has terrible teeth, which I don’t understand when you’re marrying royalty.

  4. LAK says:

    It’s always lovely to witness the wedding of two people who are overjoyed to be marrying each other.

  5. Allie says:

    It’s not that I dislike specifically her, I dislike them both. They both seem pretty shallow and superficial. I especially don’t like the fact that he cheated on his ex girlfriend with her. That alone makes them both trashy.

    • Kym says:

      Oh wow, I wasn’t aware of that. That’s always a little disappointing to hear.
      Well, I hope she finds/found happiness in her own time.
      I can’t imagine having to go through that sort of public humiliation though. Being cheated on is crappy enough..

    • Jayna says:

      No one knows if that is true. And he and his ex were on and off so often, how would anyone know? It wasn’t like that was some stable always-on relationship. Far from it. Breakups often. It sounds more like his sisters were always pushing them back together because they liked her, not that he was madly in love with her.

      • Entrystep says:

        Exactly, go read up on old stories of his Ex, she was pushing on a Prince that did not want marriage With HER and didn’t seem to care that the Prince would tell her he didn’t want marriage, ( which he told her several times) she’d hang around and get back in through the sisters. Her press was not that great, even though she had nothing controversial like Sofie, his Ex was viewed like Carole Middleton in a way, a hard, calculated pushing lady, who did not care if there was enough love there, or not, she just was going to hang on until she got the proposal even if it had to be worked on by going through his sisters.
        He had dumped his Ex several times and in the last three years the press would even report that she was only attending an event as a FRIEND of the Sisters of Family.
        What I wonder is why his Ex is still so concerned about him, if she is so happy with her own life. Why should she care what the heck he says about loving his now wife?
        People need to go read up on the old stories of his relationship with his ex, it was always off and on in the last three years, and he told her several times he did not want to marry her. In the last years she was attending events with the sisters at times during the breakups , she wasn’t even there with Carl Phillip.

    • bluhare says:

      I bet you there are people posting here who have some overlap in relationships. Betcha a dollar. I know people who met that way and I don’t think they’re trashy.

  6. lisa2 says:

    Nice looking couple.. they (Carl/Sofia) look the same in every photo. Looks like everyone else was photoshopped next to them..

    simple but elegant pictures. They seem very happy together

  7. Nephelim says:

    Maybe I am the only person in the planet with this opinion, but I reaaally liked the colour palette of the flowers and the bride´s bouquet

    The formal portraits are average , nothing special about it. This couple have better, beautiful spontaneous and informal photos taken in the wedding.

    • Hudson Girl says:

      Agree with you. The couple looked gorgeous and so in love that day. But, these portraits- from a stylistic standpoint- are so acerage and not worthy of the crown. Ugh, they look cheesy.

    • Liberty says:

      Nephelim, I loved the flowers too, both the bouquet and the wall-of-blooms decor.

      The portraits are proper classics for the royal book, I suppose. But I agree the casual shots were best.

    • Deedee says:

      I loved the flowers, too. No offense to anyone who prefers white bouquets, but I love how the colorful ones add interest to photos and bring out the color in the faces of the wedding party.

    • Nephelim says:

      Hudson Girl, Liberty, Deedee:
      Thanks for your kinds opinions

  8. Katie says:

    Eh. He’s hot but there’s something about her that doesn’t seem quite real. Well for that matter hemseems a tad false as well. Gorgeous gowns and jewels on all though

  9. littlemissnaughty says:

    They look fantastic in the pre-wedding party pics. But then, on their actual wedding day, they look a bit like kids paying dress up. Like they don’t really belong in those clothes and in this setting. Very weird. But they seemed genuinely excited to get married so all the best.

    • Franca says:

      See, I feel the exact opposite. The blue dress looks like a cheap beauty peagent gown. She looked much better on the wedding day.

      • Margaret says:

        Yes, me too. The tacked-on train that almost fell off, and sewing up the slit didn’t help either. It looked awkward. That dress was so much better on the ZM runway, with the belt and no train.

    • Entrystep says:

      She looks better than Kate as a bride, IMO. She looks absolutely stunning on her wedding day.
      Her hair, makeup, tiara, dress IMO looks WAY better than Kate’s.

      Sofie looks absolutely gorgeous.
      Whereas I didn’t really think Kate looked her best in her wedding day, everything was too stiff on Kate,bad makeup, I didn’t like Kate’s hair on her wedding day and I found Kate’s dress just kind of meh on her.

  10. Belle Epoch says:

    The commoner bride’s mother didn’t get the memo about wearing pastels.

    A friend in Sweden says everyone is gushing over this event and how in love they are.

  11. Yoohoo says:

    The fabric curtain background looks so cheap. They couldn’t do better than that?

    • OhDear says:

      It looks like a yearbook photo or something from the Sears portrait studio – though the photographer must have cost them much more than that.

  12. Dena says:

    I love the quartet of aunts clustered right above the bride & groom. The portraits may look ordinary & suburban but I like that CP/S made their wedding their own wedding (even though it’s a state event) by personalizing it and making it meaningful for them–music included.

  13. HEJ says:

    No wonder Madeleine looked uncomfortable.
    Just heard on the radio that she gave birth to a boy one hour ago!

  14. Fran says:

    At least he’s wearing a ring! Not like William!

    • Nephelim says:

      Wearing a ring is not guaranty of happiness or fidelity.
      A ring is just that, a ring
      Some people don´t care very much about the preeeciooous

    • bluhare says:

      My dad didn’t wear a ring and he was married to my mother for over 50 years. Happily too.

    • Entrystep says:

      And he looks a lot happier than PW did.
      William looked like he was performing a put upon Chore!

  15. Karen says:

    Madeline gave birth today! Very pregnant indeed!

  16. Tiffany says:

    If that pre party dress doesn’t add more fuel to the flame over pregnancy rumors, I don’t know what will.

  17. morc says:

    My mom is convinced he’s gay.

  18. Jayna says:

    Meh wedding photos with that backdrop and so average in setup.

    • Entrystep says:

      IMO Much better than William and Kate’s from the dres, hair, tiara to the wedding. It was beautiful!

      I may be in the minority but I just didn’t like William and Kate’s wedding at all.

  19. lowercaselois says:

    Love that picture with all the Royals, a friend of mine took photo of herself from a wedding and photos hopped herself in. It is quite funny. I think I will do the same.

  20. Elly says:

    a few hours ago Madeleine gave birth to a baby Prince… just two days after her brother´s wedding. That was close! Can´t imagine how exhausting it was to sit through the ceremony knowing your baby can come every second.

  21. wow says:

    I enjoyed this wedding. They look genuinely in love and it showed. Even the sight of her tattoo didn’t phase me and I loathe tattoos.

    I am happy for them and wish them the best. I feel she will do great in her new royal role and will prove her naysayers wrong. I loved the wedding speeches as well.

  22. Tough Cookie says:

    There is just something about them I love. I think the wedding photos are great. (There must be something wrong with me…usually I can find at least ONE thing to gripe about…LOL)

    • bluhare says:

      You’re going to have to change your name to Mushy Cookie. :)

    • FLORC says:

      No legitimate reason to complain, but there are some things being picked apart. I love it all. Mostly because the affection really comes through the image. The smiles are beaming.

    • Entrystep says:

      The wedding was beautiful and the bride and groom looked really in love with each other.

      I did not like William and Kate’s wedding, it was just so cold and stiff. William looked like he was performing a chore, IMO

  23. Jen43 says:

    I love her sisters’ gowns, although that white one should have been a different color. That blue gown is everything, although I agree with the pp who said Sofia may be pregnant.

    • m says:

      The one sisters dress was clearly pink on video but has shown up as white in some of the pictures.
      And Sofia was drinking and partying with guests until 5:30 yesterday morning, so no, not pregnant.

  24. lisa says:

    that top photo is so budget, like the rest of it

    but i guess if taxpayers are funding your wedding (and everything else) it is polite to cut corners

  25. jmho says:

    In the one with the sisters, Victoria looks like she is tolerating all of this, but totally not into it.

    I wonder how many thousands, if not millions, of dollars worth of diamonds there are on the combined tiaras in the last picture?

    • Entrystep says:

      You need to watch the entire wedding. She and Victoria were interacting and laughing with each other. At one point Victoria hands her little Princess Estelle to Sofie on the balcony outside and they laugh together.

      The entire wedding was warm and fun.

      The King and Queen supposedly designed and purchased Sofie the tiara she is wearing as a gift. There were only smiles and warmth at his wedding as far as I could see and I watched the entire day from start to the reception, to the wedding dance, to the Cakes.
      The Queen was seen dancing having a great time.

      • aquarius64 says:

        It’s called the cameras are on them and they have to sell to the public that the family accepts her. Complete indifference = bad headlines.

  26. Jeanne says:

    Ugh – so glad that, as a commoner, I didn’t have to take formal photos. The only people touching/showing affection for each other are the bride’s parents – her Mom has her arm linked with her Dad’s in one of the photos. Is that what formal means – no emotion?

    And if I were Victoria, I’d pull rank and make them redo that sister photo. She’s grimacing! Although maybe that was her intent?

    As for the bride and groom – I don’t like her hair – it looks very severe. And he totally needs that scruff shaved off.

    Congrats to Madeleine! A boy will be nice – looks like there are no boy children in the entire family (based on the photos above)

  27. Jenny says:

    All I can think of when I see the pictures of Sofia now is that she must have had the obnoxious amount of silicone she had in her boobs removed before the wedding. I guess plastic fantastic is a no-no for a royal, right? She looks better without it so good for her, just wish she hadn’t used my tax money to pay for it.

  28. imsupposedtobeworking says:

    They look like they were taken in a Holiday Inn ballroom
    And where is Princess Birgitta ?

    • Entrystep says:

      If you want to see the wedding it’s on SVT online..
      The wedding photos are beautiful and the wedding was stunning,

  29. kri says:

    I am so down for this group. I know they are royals and privileged etc, but they seem so freakin chill. And real. And they made some unusual choices (Umbrella?) and that’s cool. That’s what you do with YOUR wedding-make it real to you. I love that so so much. Good luck, you two gorgeous cool people. Live long and happy.

    • Liberty says:

      I’m with you — this was a royal wedding but seemed so genuine and fun and down-to-earth.

  30. Nibbi says:

    now THAT. is what a Prince should look like. deeyamn.

    on the other hand, the dress is redonkulously boring.

  31. Nonny says:

    I’m tripping on the happy exuding from these photos……