Sweden's last royal bride, Madeleine, who wed Chris O'Neill in June 2013
We all want to know everything already about the wedding dress of the soon to be Duchess of Varmland and in less than two weeks' time we will have pored over every detail. Sofia Hellqvist has had a year to plan it so we're expecting something stunning and she's got a lot to live up to because Swedish royal wedding gowns tend to be stunners. A look back at the frocks donned by Silvia, Victoria and Madeleine reveals not just a series of hits but a string of dresses so lovely they dominate all time top tens. As Sofia Hellqvist prepares to become (yet another) June royal bride in Sweden, here's a look back at the gallery of gowns this princess in waiting will soon be adding to. And here's your sweetness warning - they're all just lovely.
Queen Silvia of Sweden, June 19th 1976
When Silvia Renate Sommerlath walked down the aisle to say 'I do' to Carl XVI Gustaf on June 19th 1976 she instantly became a queen - this royal wedding was the first time a reigning king of Sweden had married since 1797. So Silvia had to wear something spectacular, a gown quite literally fit for a queen as it would be the first thing she wore as a consort. Her gown was designed by Dior and Marc Bohan and was simple, sleek and stunning. It's quite clearly a 1970s dress but all the better for that. Perhaps one of the most fitted of all royal wedding gowns it had a high neck, long sleeved without a hint of a flare anywhere and a smooth bodice that ran into a straight floor length skirt. All queens need a train and Silvia's wedding dress had one attached at the shoulders. The colour was cream, rather than white, and close up and from a distance it looked regal and rather lovely.
Crown Princess Victoria, June 19th 2010
Silvia and Carl Gustaf's eldest child wrote her name into the royal history books before she could even actually write herself when the country's laws were changed allowing her to succeed ahead of the baby brother who had been born Crown Prince after her. Victoria of Sweden will be queen one day and when she married Daniel Westling on her parents' 34th wedding anniversary the event was one of the biggest royal gatherings on the continent for decades. So again, there was a lot of pressure on this dress - let's face it, when isn't there for a royal wedding gown - but Victoria's is one of those frocks that is held up time and again as an example of perfection. And it's easy to see why.
Princess Madeleine, June 8th 2013
Another June, another royal bride in Sweden and this time round it was the baby of the Royal Family. Princess Madeleine married Chris O'Neill on June 8th 2013 in yet another dress that regularly tops all time favourite polls. But then we always knew Madeleine's outfit would be stunning. Since turning teenager she has hit best dressed royal lists on a regular basis and a wedding gown was never going to pose a problem to this princess. She went to Valentino and came back with a cracker. Like her mum and sister before her, Madeleine went for cream rather than stark white although her dress was a lighter shade of it. And unlike the queen and crown princess, this royal went for more embellishment with her gown covered in Chantilly lace. The top was very similar in shape to Victoria's with little lace sleeves just stopping it becoming an off the shoulder dress and there was another statement waist with the train attached at that point. But one of the loveliest details on Madeleine's gown was the way the lace at the bottom of her full skirt fell into gentle, flowing pleats. It was beyond pretty and there is something new to see everytime you look at this dress.