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A kiss from the count, who is related to the Swedish royal family, for his Swiss bride Sandra Angerer. The couple wed for the second time in a religious ceremony in a chapel on the island estate of Bjorn's family
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Sandra, who met the handsome aristocrat when they were both studying in Switzerland five years ago, was attended by four little flower girls with garlands of blooms in their hair
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Count Bjorn Bernadotte weds 31-year-old Swiss beauty

7 MAY 2009
Just days after France's Prince Jean d'Orleans and his Spanish wife Philomena of Tornos walked down the aisle there was another blue-blood wedding for royal watchers to enjoy.

Count Bjorn Bernadotte of Wisborg wed Sandra Angerer on Thursday at his family's island estate in a lake in Germany's Bodensee region.

The couple who took part in a civil ceremony on April 25 - swapped vows in a religious service before sealing their union with a kiss in front of guests and family members.

Count Bjorn is linked to the Swedish royal family through his great grandfather.

Radiant in a classic, floor-length round-necked white gown, the 31-year-old bride was attended by four flower girls in white and pastel pink wearing blossoms in their hair.

Following the ceremony the newlyweds hosted a wedding ball attended by Bjorn's relatives, including Princess Victoria of Sweden. Ready to be carved up and distributed among the guests was a large square wedding cake adorned with icing sugar roses and, in German, the message: "To the happy couple, all the best and good luck."

The celebrations continue on Friday with a garden concert in memory of Bjorn's mother, Countess Sonja, who passed away last year.

The count popped the question to Sandra on his June 13 birthday last year, after first getting permission from Sandra's father. The couple who met five years ago while studying in Switzerland will continue living on the famiy's estate of Mainai island, which, along with Bjorn's four siblings, they help manage.


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