Former reality TV star Sofia Hellqvist spent Saturday with the Swedish royal family -- just a week before her royal wedding to Prince Carl Philip -- as the entire nation celebrated National Day of Sweden. As part of the festivities, Hellqvist joined the royal family at the Stockholm Palace for a family portrait in complete traditional attire.
This was likely the last time the family members would be seen together before Sofia and the prince get married June 13. On Saturday, the couple could barely keep their eyes off each other at the National Day reception. After the wedding, Hellqvist will be known as Princess Sofia, Duchess of Varmland.
Dressed in traditional garments and matching her future sisters-in-law, Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Madeleine, Hellqvist declined to wear a folded white cap. Unlike Victoria, Madeleine and Queen Silvia, her head was not covered, signaling that she is not yet a married woman, according to Hello. Heavily pregnant Madeleine, 32, also flaunted a third-trimester bump under her colorful frock. The fourth-in-line to the throne is due to give birth any day now.
Victoria’s husband, Prince Daniel, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Prince Carl Philip wore classic suits. The only person notably absent in the official portrait was Madeleine’s husband, British-American businessman Christopher O’Neill. The main event of the National Day festivities was held at Skansen, Stockholm’s open-air museum, where King Carl XVI Gustaf gave his annual speech.
All the ladies of the family were given beautiful bouquets of flowers at the event, while a band played music in the background and the Swedish national flags fluttered. In honor of the National Day celebrations, the royal palace released a new portrait of Princess Estelle, the 3-year-old daughter of Victoria. The picture shows the child wearing her traditional dress and standing in the gardens of her home, Haga Palace, next to a flower pot. Estelle and her cousin Princess Leonore, Madeleine’s 15-month-old daughter are set to make a splash at their uncle's nuptials.