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Prince Carl Philip of Sweden has married former reality star Sofia Hellqvist in a lavish ceremony in the chapel at Stockholm’s Royal Palace.

Sofia Hellqvist, 30, worked as a model and a yoga instructor before helping to set up a charity.

Prince Carl Philip, 36, is third in line to the Swedish throne.

Thousands of well-wishers lined the streets for the event, despite polls suggesting the Swedish royal family’s popularity is waning.

They cheered as commoner Sofia Hellqvist became a princess.

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After their marriage, Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist took to a horse-drawn carriage to parade through the cobbled streets of Stockholm’s old town, waving to crowds in the hot summer sun, before returning to the palace for a 21-gun salute and wedding banquet.

About 550 guests attended the ceremony, many of them royals, including Princess Takamado of Japan and Britain’s Prince Edward.

Prince Carl Philip was initially reported to have had difficulties putting the ring on the bride’s finger while the royal couple said their vows.

A band played a version of the Coldplay song Fix You in the royal chapel, and the newly weds were then serenaded by a man singing a Swedish version of the song Umbrella by Rihanna.

Sofia Hellqvist and Prince Carl Philip reportedly first met at a restaurant in 2010, with news of their relationship being revealed soon after.

Prince Carl Philip is third in line to the Swedish throne behind his elder sister Crown Princess Victoria and her 3-year-old daughter, Princess Estelle.


Disney has unveiled its first Latina princess, Princess Elena of Avalor.

Princess Elena of Avalor is the star of a new animated television series for Disney Junior.

She will make her debut in a 2016 episode of Sofia the First before getting her own spin-off series.

Disney described the 16-year-old as the “bold, caring, funny and clever ascendant to the throne in the fairytale kingdom of Avalor”.

The kingdom will be inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore.

Disney made history in 2009 with its first black princess, called Tiana, in The Princess and the Frog.

The series will feature “a universal story” with themes that “authentically reflect the hopes and dreams of our diverse audience”, according to Nancy Kanter, the executive vice president of Disney Junior Worldwide.Disney Princess Elena of Avalor

“What excites us most is the chance to use distinctive animation and visual design to tell wonderful stories influenced by culture and traditions that are familiar to the worldwide population of Hispanic and Latino families and reflect the interests and aspirations of all children as told through a classic fairy tale,” said Nancy Kanter.

While the show will centre around the “confident and compassionate teenager” Elena, it is being targeted at children aged two to seven.

Disney said the series, which will be presented in 25 languages around the world, will communicate “positive messages and life lessons” for young children about things like “leadership, resilience, diversity, compassion and the importance of family and family traditions”.

Princess Elena’s story starts when she is trapped inside an amulet while trying to protect her sister and grandparents from evil sorceress Shuriki, who took her parents and kingdom away.

It turns out to be the same amulet worn by Princess Sofia, who will set out to restore Elena to her human form and help her return to the kingdom of Avalor.

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