A royal wedding took place 85 years ago on 24 May 1935 in Stockholm Cathedral in Sweden.

Princess Ingrid of Sweden marries Crown Prince Frederik in Stockholm Cathedral on 24 May 1935. Photo:  The Royal Collection
Princess Ingrid of Sweden marries Crown Prince Frederik in Stockholm Cathedral on 24 May 1935. Photo: ©️ Kongernes Samling

Crown Prince Frederik (later Frederik IX) of Denmark married Princess Ingrid of Sweden in a lavish ceremony which was said to be the biggest media event in the country at the time.

The groom’s parents, King Christian X and Queen Alexandrine of Denmark, King Leopold III and Queen Astrid of Belgium and Crown Prince Olav (later Olav V) and Crown Princess Märtha of Norway attended the wedding. 

Princess Ingrid was the third child and eldest daughter of Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf, who later reigned as King Gustaf VI Adolf from 1950 until his death in 1973, and his first wife Princess Margaret of Connaught.

The bride was said to be four minutes late when she walked down the aisle with her father, Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf, to say ‘Yes’ to her future husband.

A gun salute was fired after the wedding service to announce that Denmark has a new Crown Princess.

The newly-weds rode in a carriage through the streets of Stockholm, which had been decorated with flags and balloons, where several thousands, both Swedes and Danes, lined the streets to cheer the bride and groom.

The Crown Prince and his Crown Princess attended a gala lunch at the Royal Palace in Stockholm where the bride’s grandfather King Gustav the Fifth gave a speech, including, quote. ‘My beloved Ingrid! You have been a sunbeam for your grandfather in his old days … We will never forget you.’

Copenhagen

At 5.00 pm Crown Princess Ingrid said goodbye to her family and homeland, as King Gustaf, King Christian the Tenth and Queen Alexandrine threw rice as the couple sailed out to the Royal Yacht Dannebrog for the journey home to Denmark.

Meanwhile, the Danes were having their own party in Copenhagen as they prepared to welcome their new Crown Princess.

Bakeries sold Ingrid cakes or sweets on 24 May as many Danes listened to the live radio broadcast of the royal wedding.

The newlyweds arrived in Copenhagen two days later and were welcomed with an 84-gun salute, before appearing on the balcony of Christian the Seventh’s Palace at Amalienborg with King Christian and Queen Alexandrine.

The newly married Crown Prince couple (later Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid) arrive in Copenhagen on 26 May 1935. Queen Ingrid (1910-2000) and King Frederik IX (1899-1972) Denmark. Photo: Dokumentar og PressefotoBegivenhed - Det Kongelige Biblioteks billedsamling/Documentary and Press PhotoEvents - The Royal Library's photo collection
The newly married Crown Prince couple arrival in Copenhagen on 26 May 1935. Photo: The Royal Family Archive

Thousands of Danes and Swedes cheered and threw flowers at the Crown Prince Couple as they travelled in a carriage procession through Copenhagen.

The Crown Prince couple reappeared on the balcony before attending a gala dinner at Christianborg Palace that evening.

Crown Prince Frederik addressed the large crowd thanking them for the wonderful reception they gave to him and his bride that day.

Family

They had three daughters: Queen Margrethe II, Princess Benedikte and Anne Marie, Queen of Greece.

The Crown Prince and Princess became King and Queen of Denmark when Christian X died on 20 April 1947.

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