Another Commoner Getting Crowned
Photo courtesy of Sofia Hellqvist website by Simon Vallin
Can’t wait for another fairytale royal wedding when a commoner is transformed into a princess?
This weekend, Prince Carl Philip of Sweden weds Sofia Hellqvist, a glamorous Kate Middleton lookalike with a racy past and pierced navel, and you can watch it live online here.
Coverage is set to begin online at around 9 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time/ 3pm Stockholm time. The wedding ceremony is scheduled to begin 90 minutes later.
Even though 36-year old Prince Carl is the only son of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, he’s third in line to the throne after his older sister Crown Princess Victoria and her 3-year old daughter, Princess Estelle.
The 30-year old bride is a former reality TV star, model and yoga teacher with a titillating past.
Ten years ago, she took part in the reality show Paradise Hotel where scantily clad men and women competed to be the last to be voted out.
She also posed topless with a boa constrictor for the men’s magazine, Slitz and won the title of Miss Slitz.
It’s her visible tattoos, however, that seem to bother the royal court and there are reports that the palace may have requested their removal before the wedding.
“It’s a shame there’s still so much written about that,” she told Swedish Television in a documentary about her past. “It was 10 years ago, I’ve gotten on with my life since then,” she said.
“I don’t regret anything. All these experiences have made me the person I am. I wouldn’t have made those choices today.”
Raised in a middle-class family in the small central Swedish town of Alvdalen as the second of three daughters, Sofia left Sweden for New York in 2005 where she studied accounting and worked as a yoga teacher and waitress for a while before returning to Sweden.
“I can say I have lived my life to the fullest,” she said in the documentary.