Prince Carl Philip of Sweden married Sofia Hellqvist yesterday, in what is now the most interesting commoner-turned-princess story. (Sorry, Kate.) The newest fairy-tale wedding took place in the chapel at Stockholm’s Royal Palace and ended with a 21-gun salute and banquet at the palace.
The two reportedly met through mutual friends at a lunch in 2009. Sofia, who was a finalist on the reality-TV show Paradise Hotel in 2005, called the meeting "love at first sight." "The first thing I noticed about Carl Philip was that he seemed very humble," she said, according to People Magazine And she obviously left a very good impression on the prince, as well.
However, the news of their relationship caused a bit of controversy at the beginning, due to her highly unorthodox background. The show she had appeared on featured young, immodestly-dressed singles competing to stay in a luxury hotel. She also posed topless for the men’s magazine Slitz, with a boa constrictor covering her cleavage. Her tattoos and belly button piercing were looked down on, and it was said that the royal palace may have asked her to remove them before the wedding.
Despite this very un-royal behavior, the palace seems supportive of the match and has tried to focus on her other achievements, such as her studies at the Institute of English and Business in New York, her volunteer work in Ghana, and her nonprofit organization, Project Playground, of which she is president. The palace has also given her a complete Cinderella-style makeover, transforming her image quite successfully.
And so, it has become even more apparent than anyone really can become a princess. Well, if you are a model, that is.