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Swedish Prince Carl Philip marries former reality-TV star Sofia Hellqvist in gorgeous wedding

by Elizabeth Murray /  / Updated  / Source: TODAY

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It's a royal wedding in Sweden!

Prince Carl Philip, third in line to the Swedish throne, married Sofia Hellqvist, a former-reality TV star and yoga instructor, in a glamorous ceremony on Saturday at Stockholm's Royal Palace.

Swedish Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist
Swedish Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist listen during the wedding ceremony in the Royal Palace chapel in Stockholm, Sweden, 13 June 2015.EPA

Hellqvist, who will now be publicly referred to as Princess Sofia, wore a gown with handmade lace sleeves and a white bodice. King Carl XVI Gusstaf and Queen Silvia also gifted Hellqvist the tiara she wore during the ceremony.

The pair, who met at a restaurant in 2010, announced their engagement in June 2014. Before their relationship, Hellqvist was known in Sweden for starring in the reality TV show, "Paradise Hotel," where young men and women stayed at a luxury resort and competed to be the last contestant remaining.

Wedding of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Sofia Hellqvist
Swedish Prince Carl Philip (R) and Sofia Hellqvist (L) look each other during their wedding ceremony in the Royal Palace chapel in Stockholm, Sweden, 13 June 2015.EPA

After starring in the show, Hellqvist moved to New York to study accounting at NYU, where she opened her own yoga studio. Since returning to Sweden, she has also founded a charity to help disadvantaged youth in South Africa called Project Playground.

To mark their nuptials, the couple set up a charitable venture, the Prince Couple's Foundation, to help disadvantaged children. The couple asked that those considering sending a gift instead make a donation to the foundation. Prince Carl's older sister, Princess Victoria, did the same for her wedding to Prince Daniel in 2010.

Sweden's Queen Silvia and Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf
Sweden's Queen Silvia and Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf arrive for the wedding of Sweden's Crown Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist at Stockholm Palace on June 13, 2015.Getty Images

Also in attendance from the Swedish royal family was Princess Madeline, her husband, Christopher O'Neill, and their daughter, Princess Leonore.

Sweden's Princess Madeleine, Christopher ONeill and Princess Leonore
Sweden's Princess Madeleine, Christopher ONeill and Princess Leonore arrive for the wedding of Sweden's Crown Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist at Stockholm Palace on June 13, 2015.Getty Images

Notable aristocratic guests from across Europe included Prince Fredrik of Denmak and his wife, Mary, Prince Haakon of Norway and his wife, Mette-Marit.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway
Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway arrive for the wedding of Sweden's Crown Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist at Stockholm Palace on June 13, 2015.Getty Images

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