The Local's Swedish royal wedding guide
5 Jun 2013, 15:51
Published: 05 Jun 2013 15:51 GMT+02:00
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So, what's actually happening?
On the afternoon of Saturday, June 8th, Princess Madeleine will wed her financier fiancé Chris O'Neill in Stockholm. Broadcast coverage of the event will start at 3pm on Sveriges Television (SVT), one hour ahead of the wedding itself, to which 600 guests have been invited, including super model Caroline Winberg, songwriter Anders Bagge and Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt.
Where should I stand to see the happy couple?
When the ceremony draws to a close at 4.45pm, the newlyweds will be presented to the crowd and a royal salute will be fired by cannons on Skeppsholmen across the shore.
If you'll be in Stockholm at the time and find yourself unable to resist a bit of royal watching, thousands of royal enthusiasts are expected to head down to Stockholm's Old Town (Gamla Stan) to see the 350-metre long cortège, which will feature 60 horses and is set to depart the palace at 6.05pm
But, I'll be instagramming these pictures, where exactly should I be?
The parade will run from the western side of the castle, heading anti-clockwise around the building and then across the Strömbron bridge, along Strömgatan, and back into Gamla Stan the Norrbro bridge. Then the parade will be heading west along Myntgatan to the other side of the island where the couple will take a boat to Drottningholm for further private celebrations.
For the particularly astute and spatially aware readers, you may have already realized that the best vantage point is somewhere on the north side of the castle between the two bridges, where you can enjoy the procession pass you on both sides. Don't forget a camera and be sure to send in or tweet us your pictures so we can include them on our live blog.
IN PICTURES: Princess Madeleine through the years
So tell me more about the princess.
For those of you rusty on your royal know-how, Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland, is the third and youngest child of King Carl XVI Gustav and Queen Silvia. Madeleine (full name Madeleine Thérèse Amelie Josephine) is 30 years old (and turning 31 on Monday) and met her partner over two years ago.
After the birth of her niece Princess Estelle last year, Madeleine became the fourth in line to the Swedish throne. Madeleine spends most of her time in New York, working with at the New York offices of Childhood, a charity founded by Queen Silvia. It is there she met her soon-to-be husband.
... And who exactly is her soon-to-be husband?
Chris O'Neill is a 38-year-old New Yorker, with a British father and an Austrian-born mother. With a master's degree in Business Administration, O'Neill is a partner and Head of Research at Noster Capital and former employee at NM Rothschild and Sons and Steinberg Asset Management.
O'Neill publicly started seeing Madeleine in January 2011, and claimed in October the next year that he was learning Swedish, but admitted that he was having difficulties in the process (see video below).
Are the royals ready for their big day?
With wedding fever sweeping the country, even the royals are in stress-mode. Madeleine herself was pulled over by police on Tuesday for driving her car in a bus lane in central Stockholm, for which she will be fined 1,000 kronor ($151). Other than that, the pair have been keeping low profiles as usual.
So where can I check in to read more about the event?
Be sure to check back in to The Local on Thursday for an interview with royal expert Roger Lundgren about Madeleine herself, where he tells us about the princess's "unfair party animal image", her charity work, and her relation with her fiancé. There is also information in English on the Royal Court's official website.
And don't forget our live blog from 3pm on Saturday afternoon.
See the couple's engagement announcement from October 25th last year