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Scandinavian Royals Attend Wedding of Denmark's Prince Joachim With French Bride

Denmark's Prince Joachim and Marie Cavallier of France exchanged vows Saturday in a church wedding attended by Scandinavian royals and other dignitaries.

Wearing an off-white dress made of 19th century-inspired French lace with flower patterns, Cavallier became Princess Marie after exchanging vows with Joachim in an infantry gala uniform.

Visibly moved, Joachim hugged his sons from his previous marriage and wiped tears from his cheeks as the princess walked up the aisle with her father.

Some 45 minutes later, a radiant Marie walked out of the lilly-decorated church on the arm of Joachim.

The wedding took place in Moegeltoender, just north of the German border.

Joachim is Queen Margrethe's youngest son and fourth in line to Denmark's throne. The 38-year-old divorce announced in October that he was engaged to Cavallier, who is 32.

By marrying the Danish prince, she become a Danish citizen and converted from Roman Catholicism to Denmark's Lutheran Evangelical Church.

About 200 guests witnessed the ceremony in an 800-year church, including Marie's family and the Danish royal family — Queen Margrethe and her husband, Prince Henrik, as well as Joachim's older brother, Crown Prince Frederik, and his wife, Crown Princess Mary.

Among the foreign guests were Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria and Norway's Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit.

A private dinner was planned at the couple's residence, the Schackenborg mansion, which is nearby.

Joachim divorced Hong Kong-born Princess Alexandra in 2005, in the first split in nearly 160 years in Europe's oldest monarchy. Joachim and Alexandra have joint custody of their two sons, Felix, 5, and Nikolai, 8.

Marie Agathe Odile Cavallier was born in Paris, the youngest of five children. Her parents, Alain Cavallier and Francoise Grassiot, divorced when she was 13, and she moved with her mother to Geneva.

At 17, she went to Boston College, where she studied commerce and marketing. She later moved to New York City, where she worked with an information technology company.

Cavallier, who speaks French, Italian, English and Spanish, will give up her work with her stepfather's investment company in Geneva.