• Sweden edition
 
SWEDISH ROYAL ENGAGEMENT
Princess Madeleine: Chris is my soul mate

Princess Madeleine: Chris is my soul mate

Published: 25 Oct 2012 11:27 GMT+02:00
Updated: 25 Oct 2012 11:27 GMT+02:00

"He is my soul mate," Princess Madeleine said in an interview published on the Royal Court website (embedded below).

"We are both extremely happy and delighted. It is a very special day for us."

O'Neill also spoke about his decision to finally pop the question.

"I had been thinking about proposing for a while, but I wanted to wait until the right moment," he said in the video.

"But I have been sure all along that Madeleine was the one I wanted to marry."

CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOS OF THE NEWLY ENGAGED COUPLE

The pair's wedding is expected to take place in Sweden during the summer of 2013.

Roger Lundgren, royal expert and editor of Kungliga Magazine, told The Local that news of another Swedish royal wedding is likely seen as a welcome news for Sweden's royals.

“It’s great news for the royal family, they will all appreciate this. Nothing boosts the monarchy better than a royal wedding,” he said.

“All media attention has been negative towards the family lately. There is a lot of gossiping, and horrible images have been published that have no truth behind them. It's nice to have a wedding to look forward to.”

The princess has previously been engaged, to Swedish lawyer Jonas Bergström in 2009, a union which broke off the next year. However, with O'Neill being a US citizen, it is uncertain whether he will receive the same treatment as Bergström.

“When Madeleine became engaged to Jonas it was immediately known that he would receive her dukedoms, and would become the Duke of Hälsingland and Gästrikland,” Lundgren explained.

“The king can’t make an American citizen a Swedish duke. He has to become a citizen of Sweden first and these things take time, but it should happen before their wedding in summer.”

In terms of the wedding itself, Lundgren does not expect the same flair that heralded Victoria and Daniel’s ceremony in 2011.

“It won’t be as big and as fancy as Victoria’s, and it will probably be in the palace church. Instead of 1,400 guests we can probably expect 500," he said.

"And there probably won’t be kings and queens of other European countries at the ceremony.”

While O’Neill may receive the dukedoms, he is never eligible to be the king, according to Lundgren, as the financier is not a direct blood relative of the king.

“Chris is just the same as Prince Daniel, he can never be the head of the state. But his children will be in line to the throne,” Lundgren told The Local.

The pair’s official announcement, via the Royal Court:

Förlovning / Engagement from Kungahuset on Vimeo.

Oliver Gee

Follow Oliver on Twitter here

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

12:09 October 25, 2012 by Mpf
He should get his citizenship before the wedding in the summer. So one doesn't have to follow the same rules as everyone else wishing to gain Swedish citizenship as long as you marry into royalty!

I thought I had moved to the land of equality where everyone was treated the same. I guess some are treated differently to other after all.

Ummm a road I should have tried lol.
12:26 October 25, 2012 by Twiceshy
Great, we taxpayers get to pay for someone else's wedding again.
13:27 October 25, 2012 by intrepidfox
I am a royalist but how much will we have to pay this time. A castle in the USA and one in Sweden, the wedding and guests etc etc. They get enough anyway and dont forget the Bernadette´s first king was only a lackey sent by Napoleon so really they stole the crown.
13:37 October 25, 2012 by Beavis
Shes marrying Rimmer from Red Dwarf?
13:45 October 25, 2012 by bubbagump
It is unlawful for an American Citizen with any "Office of Profit" to accept a royal title of any kind without US Congressional approval.

"No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince or foreign State."

Those crazy founding fathers and their distrust of unelected monarchies. Hooray for the Constitution!
15:27 October 25, 2012 by Jes
---nice parted hair again !!
16:16 October 25, 2012 by skumdum
It's pretty disgusting that she's marrying a colonist.
18:32 October 25, 2012 by Greysuede
No men in Sweden for Princess to get married?
20:38 October 25, 2012 by dizzymoe33
Well that explains why she has been living in New York lately. Well, I do wish them a nice marriage I hope they will be happy.
01:12 October 26, 2012 by philster61
MPF. He is also a British Citizen as well, and therefore EU.As he is born in London. So technically she is a marrying a Brit. (well done girl) . He would be entitled to residence in Sweden as a member of the EU. I am not certain if his British citizenship entitles him to a Swedish entitlement but he would be to British one. Also remember that Princess Mary of Denmark was fast tracked Danish citizenship and she previously held Australian and British citizenship...... There probably is a clause in Swedish constitution somewhere that allows the same.......

Greysuede.. She is probably sick of the metrosexual, high maintenance drama queens that so many of Swedish "men" are......
11:58 October 26, 2012 by Mpf
@philster61

Granted he can claim residency by the rules state you cannot apply for citizenship until you have been resident for 5 years or 3 years if you are married to a Swede (which he isn't yet). So he can't become his Dukeship for atleast another 4 years if they don't get married until next year.
21:53 October 26, 2012 by Greysuede
@philster61

Can't see any difference between Swedish metrosexuals and British faggots LOL

If me Maddie, I'd probably choose for Swedish one ROTFL
02:22 October 27, 2012 by philster61
The difference is there is ten times the amount of metrosexuals than British fagots. lol....

And Maddie obviously didn't choose a Swedish one. LOL....
Today's headlines
Swimrun
Record win at Sweden's tough island race
Photo: Jakob Edholm/ÖTILLÖ14

Record win at Sweden's tough island race

Two Swedes crushed last year's course record at the Swimrun world championship in Stockholm's archipelago on Monday. READ  

Sweden reveals Academy Award submission
Swedish director Ruben Östlund on set. Photo. TT

Sweden reveals Academy Award submission

The movie set to represent Sweden at the 2015 Academy Awards was revealed on Monday, a film that has already won awards abroad. READ  

Amphetamines
Hidden forest drug stash leads to prosecution

Hidden forest drug stash leads to prosecution

A 53-year-old man has been prosecuted after police in western Sweden made one of their largest drug seizures in the area. READ  

Man shot dead in hunting accident
Photo: Hunter Desportes/Flickr

Man shot dead in hunting accident

UPDATED: Police in northern Sweden say a man was killed on Monday morning after what they described as a "hunting accident". READ  

Pirate Bay Swede's trial set for final stage

Pirate Bay Swede's trial set for final stage

The mother of Swedish Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg has told The Local about her son's "suffering" in jail ahead of the final stages of his trial. READ  

Suspected Ebola case ruled out in Sweden
Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Suspected Ebola case ruled out in Sweden

UPDATED: Officials at a Stockholm hospital reported that they had found a suspected case of the Ebola virus on Sunday night. But the case was dismissed on Monday. READ  

Murderer on the loose after breakout

Murderer on the loose after breakout

A 34-year-old man who killed a child is on the run after he broke out of a psychiatric ward in central Sweden. READ  

Skåne floods
Huge clear up underway after Skåne floods
A Malmö bus under water. Photo: Stig Åke Jönsson/TT

Huge clear up underway after Skåne floods

Flood waters subsided in the southern Sweden region of Skåne on Monday, after flash flooding saw chaos on roads and trains at the weekend. READ  

Elections 2014
Sweden's Alliance reveals full manifesto
Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

Sweden's Alliance reveals full manifesto

UPDATED: Leaders of the Moderate Party, the Centre Party, the Liberal Party and the Christian Democrats have announced their complete list of election promises in Stockholm's Nacka. READ  

Zlatan scores hat trick in PSG thrashing
Photo: AP

Zlatan scores hat trick in PSG thrashing

Champions Paris Saint-Germain thumped Saint-Etienne 5-0 as Bordeaux saw their 100 percent record at the start of the Ligue 1 season ended on Sunday with a 1-1 draw against Bastia. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Tech
Sweden's highest peak to lose title next year
Politics
How immigration became a key election issue
Society
Brit's life in Sweden becomes BBC radio show
Gallery
People-watching August 27
Gallery
Top ten false friends in Swedish
Blog updates

25 August

Hit och dit, här och där (The Swedish Teacher) »

" Hej igen! A common challenge for Swedish language students are the location adverbs hit/här, dit/där, hem/hemma etc. Some of the location adverbs come in two versions. We should use one type of location adverb when we use a verb describes where we are, and we should use the other type of location adverb when we the verb..." READ »

 

25 August

The Dollar Store (Blogweiser) »

"A dollar store in Sweden. Blog post: http://t.co/tNuuvcP1q0 #USD #greenbacks #sweden #sverige pic.twitter.com/RHFAYf7U1k — Joel Sherwood (@joeldsherwood) August 23, 2014 There’s a chain here in Sweden called The DollarStore. This name always stood out to me in a country where they don’t use dollars. I went there for the first time this weekend. They actually accepted greenbacks..." READ »

 
 
 
National
Roma advocate scoops Wallenberg prize
Society
Meet the man who made a Swedish store recall its high heels for kids
Business & Money
'How I came to run my own business in Sweden'
Politics
Expert explains why Sweden's election oozes uncertainty
National
City plays Schindler's List theme at Nazi rally
Society
For Stockholm Fashion Week, here's the A-Z of Swedish fashion
National
'Amnesiac' man avoids deportation for ten years
Gallery
Princess Estelle through the years
Business & Money
Swedish city all set for six-hour workday trial
Business & Money
Five golden rules for the Swedish job hunt
Sponsored Article
Graduates: Insure your income in Sweden with AEA
Gallery
People-watching August 22-24
National
Armed royal guards caught (very) drunk on the job
National
Sweden orders textbook on Roma discrimination
Gallery
Violent anti-Nazi demonstrations in Malmö
Society
A closer look at Sweden's five official minority languages
Gallery
See the destruction from the southern Sweden floods
Politics
'Sweden Democrats hold the key to elections'
Society
Swedes celebrate first day of smelly fish season
Sponsored Article
Find out what gives this Swedish school executive appeal
Sponsored Article
Introducing...Your finances in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Introducing...Housing in Stockholm
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

754
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se