Swedish princess weds NY banker
Swedish Princess Madeleine fell in love in the Big Apple. Now she has said “yes” to New York banker Christopher O’Neill in a lavish and emotional wedding ceremony in Stockholm.
Madeleine was wearing a stunning white lace-top dress designed by Valentino Garavani when she tied the knot to British-American O’Neill on Saturday in front of about 470 European royals and top New York socialites.
O’Neill fought back tears as Madeleine walked down the aisle with her father, King Carl XVI Gustaf, to a traditional Swedish wedding march performed by a children’s choir. The bride and groom were visibly moved as the ceremony proceeded with hymns in both Swedish and English, and performances by Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson and Broadway’s “Phantom of the Opera” star Peter Joback.
Madeleine, 30, is the youngest of Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia’s three children and fourth in line to the throne. The 38-year-old O’Neill works as a partner and head of research at Noster Capital, a hedge fund with offices in London and New York.
East German artist Willi Sitte dies at 92
Willi Sitte, one of East Germany’s most eminent artists and a key representative of Communism’s preferred socialist-realism painting style, has died at age 92.
The head of the Willi Sitte Foundation, Hans-Hubert Werner, told German news agency DPA that Sitte died Saturday morning after a long illness.
Sitte’s paintings depicted factory workers or farmers as glamorized ideals of Communist heroes. Among his famous works are voluptuous, often nude women.
He was the president of East Germany’s association of visual artists from 1974 to 1988 and also a member of the ruling party’s central committee. After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and Germany’s unification, Sitte was seen in a more controversial light because of his closeness to the Communist regime.