Sweden's June Royal Brides
Everyone loves a June bride and in Sweden it's hard to find a royal wedding that hasn't taken place in this summer month. King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia chose a June date for their marriage in 1976 and all three of their children followed suit. Three of the king's sisters said 'I do' on a day in June while his grandparents, Gustaf Adolf and Margaret, also married in the month. Here are Sweden's June royal brides.
Silvia Renate Sommerlath married King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden on June 19th 1976
Silvia Sommerlath met Carl Gustaf, still Crown Prince of Sweden, in 1972. By the time they married, on June 19th 1976 at Stockholm Cathedral, he was King of Sweden and as she said 'I do' Silvia became a queen consort. They went on to have three children and as they get ready to celebrate a big anniversary this year they have five grandchildren to help mark the event. Their 40th anniversary as man and wife will also mark four decades for Silvia as Queen of Sweden.
Thirty four years to the day since her parents had married, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden wed Daniel Westling in a royal celebration thought to be the biggest since Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer in 1981. The bride wore the same tiara as her mum had used on her wedding day and the couple took their vows in Stockholm Cathedral. Victoria and Daniel celebrate their sixth wedding anniversary this year with two children to join the party - four year old Princess Estelle and three month old Prince Oscar.
Princess Margaretha Desiree Victoria of Sweden married John Ambler on June 30th 1964
Desiree's big sister became a bride just weeks later when she married John Ambler at Gardslosa Church on Oland on June 30th 1964. Like her sister before her, she lost her HRH as a result of marrying a non royal. She lived in England with her husband and the couple had three children before separating in the 1990s. They never divorced and he died in 2008. Princess Margaretha still attends many big royal functions in Sweden.
Sweden had to wait ten years for another big royal wedding but in 1974, the youngest of the Haga princesses became a June bride. Christina of Sweden married Tord Magnuson on June 15th 1974 at Stockhom Cathedral. Like her sisters before her, she lost her HRH and has since been known as Princess Christina. She and her husband have three sons and five grandchildren. Her wedding took place 69 years after the marriage of her grandparents.