She scrubs up well! Tattooed bikini model Sofia Hellqvist looks simply stunning as she weds Sweden’s Prince Carl Philip in glittering ceremony attended by royal families from across Europe

  • Sweden's Prince Carl Philip is marrying Sofia Hellqvist, 30, at a ceremony in the chapel at Stockholm's Royal Palace
  • He is the third in line to the throne behind his elder sister Princess Victoria and her daughter, Princess Estelle, three
  • Miss Hellqvist is a former glamour model, who once posed topless while clutching a snake to preserve her modesty

Sweden's Prince Carl Philip married a former glamour model in an extravagant ceremony in the chapel at Stockholm's Royal Palace today.

The prince, 36, is the third in line to the Swedish throne behind his elder sister Crown Princess Victoria and her three-year-old daughter, Princess Estelle. He has tied the knot with Sofia Hellqvist, 30, a former reality TV star and yoga instructor.

Thousands of well-wishers lined the streets of Stockholm for the glitzy event, despite suggestions support for the Swedish royal family is dwindling.

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Sofia Hellqvist and Sweden's Prince Carl Philip stand at the alter during their wedding ceremony at the Royal Chapel in Stockholm Palace

Sofia Hellqvist and Sweden's Prince Carl Philip stand at the alter during their wedding ceremony at the Royal Chapel in Stockholm Palace

The couple gaze into each other's eyes during their extravagant wedding ceremony in Stockholm Palace this afternoon 

The couple gaze into each other's eyes during their extravagant wedding ceremony in Stockholm Palace this afternoon 

The couple share a kiss after tying the knot at the lavish ceremony in Stockholm  that was attended by royals around the world
The couple share a kiss after tying the knot at the lavish ceremony in Stockholm  that was attended by royals around the world

The couple share a kiss after tying the knot at the lavish ceremony in Stockholm that was attended by royals around the world

Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, with his slicked back hair, kisses his new wife Princess Sofia of Sweden

Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, with his slicked back hair, kisses his new wife Princess Sofia of Sweden

The newly married couple grin after exchanging their wedding rings and saying their vows at the lavish ceremony in the Swedish capital 

The newly married couple grin after exchanging their wedding rings and saying their vows at the lavish ceremony in the Swedish capital 

Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and his wife in their wedding cortege following the ceremony this afternoon  

Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and his wife in their wedding cortege following the ceremony this afternoon  

The third-in-line before his wedding today
The third-in-line to the throne arrives before his royal wedding to fiancee Sofia Hellqvist - the couple first met in 2010

The third-in-line to the throne arrives before his royal wedding to fiancee Sofia Hellqvist - the couple first met in 2010 

The pair reportedly first met at a Stockholm nightclub in 2010, with news of their relationship being revealed soon after. 

The prince's new girlfriend was known for appearing in the popular Swedish reality show Paradise Hotel in 2005, which saw young, scantily-clad singles compete to stay the longest in a luxury hotel.

During a period studying in the US, she landed a job as a glamour model for Slitz magazine. 

Her first shoot came at the age of 20 and saw her posing topless in a pair of camouflage print bikini bottoms and clutching a snake to preserve her modesty.

So popular was her shoot, she was crowned 'Miss Slitz 2004'.

Following that, she appeared on the reality show Paradise Hotel, where she kissed famous American porn star Jenna Jameson.  

So when news of Carl Philip's new relationship emerged in 2010, the Swedish Royal Family were initially put 'on the defensive', as sources put it at the time.  

Queen Silvia in particular is said to have considered Miss Hellqvist an unsuitable match for her son, who was newly single following a split from his girlfriend of almost a decade, PR girl Emma Pernald.

The train of a guest's dress blows in the wind as she waltzes down the red carpet en route to the royal wedding this afternoon 

The train of a guest's dress blows in the wind as she waltzes down the red carpet en route to the royal wedding this afternoon 

Carl Philip's eldest sister, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, and her husband Prince Daniel of Sweden smile for the camera

Carl Philip's eldest sister, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, and her husband Prince Daniel of Sweden smile for the camera

Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf and Sweden's Queen Silvia, who initially had misgivings about their son's choice of wife, arrive for the extravagant wedding 

Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf and Sweden's Queen Silvia, who initially had misgivings about their son's choice of wife, arrive for the extravagant wedding 

Sweden's Princess Madeleine, Carl Philip's younger sister, Christopher O'Neill and Princess Leonore arrive for the wedding

Sweden's Princess Madeleine, Carl Philip's younger sister, Christopher O'Neill and Princess Leonore arrive for the wedding

Princess Madeleine, the fourth in line to the throne, with her British American husband Christopher O'Neill and daughter Princess Leonore

Princess Madeleine, the fourth in line to the throne, with her British American husband Christopher O'Neill and daughter Princess Leonore

Queen Sonja of Norway
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark

Queen Sonja of Norway (left) in a bright yellow dress and Queen Margrethe II (right) of Denmark in a flowing red dress arrive

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands on her way to the wedding
Queen Maxima of the Netherlands looks radiant as she makes her way into the Stockholm Royal Palace for today's wedding

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands looks radiant as she makes her way into the Stockholm Royal Palace for today's wedding 

The Royal Guard of the Main Guard from a unit of the Swedish Armed Forces marches near an entrance to The Stockholm Royal Palace on Stadsholmen, in Gamla

The Royal Guard of the Main Guard from a unit of the Swedish Armed Forces marches near an entrance to The Stockholm Royal Palace on Stadsholmen, in Gamla

Queen Mathilde of Belgium
Princess Hisako Takamado of Japan

Queen Mathilde of Belgium (left) and Princess Hisako Takamado of Japan look elegant as they arrive for the Swedish royal wedding 

Speaking about her past, Miss Hellqvist said: 'It's a shame there's still so much written about that. It was 10 years ago, I've gotten on with my life since then.

'I don't regret anything. All these experiences have made me the person I am. I wouldn't have made those choices today.' 

Ms Hellqvist, who is from the central Swedish town of Alvdalen, also studied accounting in New York in 2005 and worked there as a yoga teacher and a waitress. 

Amid rumours that her past had caused disquiet among the royal family, the palace has emphasised her charity work.

Risqué: Miss Hellqvist was once a glamour model and is pictured here during an early photo shoot

Risqué: Miss Hellqvist was once a glamour model and is pictured here during an early photo shoot

Glamour girl: Along with these innocuous shots, she also posed for the sleazily named Slitz magazine
Glamour girl: Along with these innocuous shots, she also posed for the sleazily named Slitz magazine

Glamour girl: Along with these innocuous shots, she also posed for the sleazily named Slitz magazine

Reality TV: Miss Hellqvist also appeared on the controversial reality show, Paradise Hotel

Reality TV: Miss Hellqvist also appeared on the controversial reality show, Paradise Hotel

On her travels: Miss Hellqvist shows off one of her two tattoos during a holiday to Ibiza in July last year
On her travels: Miss Hellqvist shows off one of her two tattoos during a holiday to Ibiza in July last year

On her travels: Miss Hellqvist shows off one of her two tattoos during a holiday to Ibiza in July last year

In 2010 she co-founded the Project Playground charity which helps disadvantaged children in South Africa. She has also worked as a volunteer in several African countries. 

Her new husband has earned something of a playboy reputation himself, thanks to his love of fast cars and glamorous parties.  

Two years after meeting Miss Hellqvist came the infamous 'Wild Summer' of 2012 - a variety of colourful incidents still referenced by Sweden's press which documented his antics.

Among them was a drunken rampage in central Stockholm while wearing an alien mask.   

On Friday evening, more than 200 wedding guests attended a dinner in honour of the couple on the island of Skeppsholmen.  

Carl Philip's elder sister, Crown Princess Victoria - the next in line to the throne - married her personal trainer, Daniel Wesling, in Stockholm in 2010. Their father, Carl XVI Gustav, is 69 and has ruled Sweden for 41 years.  

 

 

 

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