Looking tanned and wearing a dark bottle green dress, Princess Madeleine of Sweden announced her engagement to New York based American financier Chris O’ Neill. Photos were then distributed of her in more casual wear, cuddling her fiancé. It was a time of celebration, that after her heartache on the part of ex-fiancé Jonas Bergstrom, that at long last she had finally found true love. So now, Diane Crow at Total Prestige has decided to cover the fashionable princess through the announcement of her engagement to her Banns ceremony, to her pre-wedding dinner, to the big day and Total Prestige will continue to cover HRH’s life in New York as a bride and wife, hopefully soon, a mother.
The Banns Ceremony
For the Banns ceremony Princess Madeleine wore an elegant mint-green off-shoulder knee length cocktail dress designed by a designer of her native Sweden, Par Engsheden, who was also an honored guest at the reading ceremony. She accented her sun kissed tanned skin with dark rose-colored lipstick and lightly applied eye shadow and no hat. Madeleine met Chris while she was living in New York working for her mother’s charity “World Childhood Foundation,” a nonprofit philanthropic organization founded by her mother Queen Silvia. As a part of the fashion team, Princess Madeleine's hairdresser Johan Hellstrom attended the event with boyfriend Andre.
Church personnel who presided over the blessing:
Chaplain Lars-Göran Lönnermark
Pastor of the Royal Court Parish Michael Bjerkhagen
Chaplain Staffan Eklund
Government officials present at the blessing:
Swedish Prime Minister John Fredrik Reinfeldt who has been incumbent since 2006. He has served as chariman of Moderate Party (a political organization that is a combination of liberal and conservative) since 2003 and served his country with distinction, holding the position of President of the European Council in 2009.
Speaker of Parliament Per Westerberg who is formally addressed as "Mr. Speaker" and was appointed by the Alderman, a title held by the official who is the longest serving member in Parliament (nominated by the Prime Minister). He was appointed in the second of October, in 2008.
A centuries old tradition, the ceremony consists of the church announcing that the two betrothed individuals intend to marry and gives time for the assembled congregation to speak up and raise reasons as to why the couple should not be allowed to marry (or marry in a church ceremony). This was designed as a way to prevent polygamous unions and incestuous marriages between cousins and siblings. Up until 1973 the banns ceremony were a legal requirement for a valid marriage recognized by the church, yet it has been scaled down to a blessing for the couple by the congregation. Other assembled guests included the girlfriend of her brother (Prince Carl Philip of Sweden), Sofia Hellqvist and friends Emma Pernald and Louise Gottlieb.
Pre-Wedding Dinner Gala
Swedish Princess Wife-To-Be Set a Metallic Fashion Furor
Princess Madeleine celebrated at her pre-wedding dinner wearing a light purple floor length gown embellished with sequin and beads. The designer of the dress is Lebanese born designer Elie Saab and despite the formality, did not wear a tiara.