No, Carl Philip didn’t bring his lingerie model. His sister would have ripped his head off, and besides, he was busy being best friend to the groom and escorting his new sister-by-marriage.
But he looked positively edible. Dashing. Considering I’ve been worried a bit about him in recent months, because he had lost quite a bit of weight and generally didn’t look so good, this is a huge relief. And his behaviour was impeccable, I’m very much impressed. I might be a little enamoured at the moment *g*.
CP escorted Daniel from the Stockholm Royal Palace to the Cathedral to Stockholm (Cathedral of St Nikolai). You can see already that it was a good day for him and when he appeared on screen he looked so very happy, it almost rivalled Daniel.
CP and Daniel are generally getting along very well and we initially speculated he would definitely best man…before realizing that the Church of Sweden doesn’t operate according to that concept (growing up Catholic does not give you appreciation for the Lutheran way of doing things, sorry). Anyway, he wasn’t best man, but he did have an important part nonetheless. As those two are pretty good (best?) friends, the role he would play as that and as brother of the bride was a given, of course. I didn’t see too much of him during the ceremony, as Victoriawas always in front of him but from the few snatches you could see… Well.
Carl Philip is wearing the collar and badge of the Order of the Seraphim here, and this is the first time ever I’ve seen him wear the collar and not just the sash. The Order of the Seraphim is the highest order of the kingdom of Sweden and all members of the Swedish royal family (Daniel as well, as of his marriage, you will see the light blue sash and the star pinned to his chest later) are members or rather, knights of that order. All of those knights are allowed to wear the collar, but more commonly worn is the sash worn from right shoulder to left hip and the star pinned to the left chest. The sash is held in light blue, referred to as seraphim blue. As everyone else (well, every other monarch at least, including GD Henri for example) was wearing the collar, I guess they made CP wear it as well. That might have been a very good idea too, as his bow tie remained straight all through the ceremony and almost straight all through the banquet. Bravo! (More about the Seraphim order later, I’ll get those insignia up at some point -.-)
Wedding ceremonies in Sweden are normally such as the bride and groom enter the church together, it is supposed to show the free choice of those two people. There has been much controversy before the wedding day, as Victoria wanted to be given away by her father, for her own reasons at which I can very well guess but which I won’t be divulging on, and the compromise was that Victoria and Daniel met halfway down the asile. Vikkan was given away by her father and who was waiting with Daniel? Of course, Carl Philip.
My heart went out to both of them, really. I can easily imagine this was not only the happiest day in Daniel’s life, but also in CP’s. There’s this about him, the problem with publicity and the media and I think he was very worried about having to take care of succession. This is the biggest step towards eliminating that problem and it’s doing wonders. You’ll see what I mean in a moment. Also, if you had any doubts about how close these two are…
He’s looking straight into the camera! Whenever has the world seen something like that? Hold still, my heart.
One could almost think he’s said that he has to give Daniel to his sister now, eh? ;-) Evil to him who evil thinks.
Also, Carl Philip my love, you’re starting to wrinkle when you’re really happy.
Lucky you’re absolutely gorgeous otherwise and the crow feet are actually adorable, as they’re a sign of happiness. Still not kicking him out of bed *licks*. Ahem.
Let’s hope he’s that happy more often, yes?