Blushing Almost-Bride: Christopher O'Neill and Princess Madeleine of Sweden, Official Pre-Wedding Portrait
Last year, it was announced that King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden's youngest child--after Crown Princess Victoria, 35, and Prince Carl Philip (the Hottie McSwedish Hottie!), 34--Princess Madeleine, 30 was engaged to British-US financier Christopher O'Neill, 38.
Official Engagement Photo--Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Christopher O'Neill
Their wedding is coming up on Saturday June 8th. The engagement--and pairing of the two--did not come as a surprise, since the couple had been a New York "item" since the Swedish princess' sojourn in Manhattan in late 2010. Just last week, the "Official Portraits" of the soon-to-be-Bride-and-Groom were released. In them, Princess Madeleine, who also hold the titles of Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland, is wearing a mint green suit of crepe and intricate lace with a peplum and satin waist belt detail.
Princess Madeleine looks positively radiant in the photos, as should a bride-to-be.
THE DISH: Who Is Christopher O'Neill, the Groom...
Christopher O'Neill was born in London, England and is the son of Paul Cesario O'Neill and Eva Marie O'Neill. His father moved to London in the 1960's to help establish the European headquarters of New York investment bank Oppenheimer & Co. Chris' mother is Austrian. The soon-to-be husband of a Swedish Princes is a product of a very wealthy environment (you don't think for a minute she would marry MIDDLE CLASS darlings!), he attended the Institut auf dem Rosenberg boarding school in St. Gallen Switzerland, received his BA in International Relations form Boston University and then got his Master's in Business Administration from the Columbia Business School in NYC.Today, he is a Partner and Head of Research at Noster Capital, an investment firm with offices in London and NY.
Blond Madeleine--Princess Madeleine of Sweden
Also, just shy of ten days ago, the Groom announced that he would NOT be taking a royal title upon his marriage to the Swedish princess. It was assumed by "royal watchers" that he would be titled “HRH Duke of
Gastrikland and Hälsingland” upon his marriage to compliment Madeleine’s
title but nope, no thank you, he said: “Mr. Christopher O’Neill has respectfully asked to remain a private
citizen and not be granted royal status,” read an official statement,
released on 17 May.
Princes Madeleine's Wedding Gown:
Royal watchers are going (Fashion) mad over the Wedding Gown Speculation--What designer will she be wearing? Her mother wore a Custom and very Couture design from Christian Dior Haute Couture designed by then-designer Marc Bohan:
Queen Silvia and King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden Wedding, 1976--Queen Silvia wore Christian Dior Haute Couture by Marc Bohan
Crown Princess Victoria in Pär Engsheden wedding gown
Princess Madeleine has worn Swedish designer Pär Engsheden in the past and he is a major favorite with the Swedish royal court (Crown Princess Victoria got married in his design, as seen from the above pics). But the Couture House of Valentino has been a favorite with the Euro Royals as well as the Couture "arm" of Giorgio Armani, Armani Prive (Hello Princess Charlene of Monaco!). Well, we will find out in two weeks.