India’s Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil was the guest of honour at this year’s EuroPride festival in Sweden.
The prince – who is openly homosexual – joined the annual celebrations in Stockholm along with 45,000 guests and 450,000 spectators.
He told the Indo-Asian News Service: “If the gay movement needs a paradise, Sweden is the place, the veritable Valhalla.
“Here, I have seen the incredible: members of the parliament, cabinet and people from socio-religio-political spheres, replete with multi-gender proclivities, hobnob without the blinking of an eye.”
The prince charmed participants at the parade, which included flamboyant drag queens dressed in shiny thong, the Homosexual Doctors’ Association, Gay Police and Proud Siblings and Friends of Homosexuals.
Elin Nordh, who attended the event, said: “I had been told fabulous legends of a Prince Charming since my cradle days, but I never thought I would ever behold one in flesh. Manvendra is truly charming.
“Had he been a frog and I had caught him, I would have taken good care never to de-metamorphose him with a kiss!”
Festival organisers had expected as many as 100,000 people to take part in the parade.
However, the heavy rain stopped many from attending.
Despite this, colourful umbrellas and floats covered in rainbow flags passed through the streets of the Swedish capital.
Prince Manvendra revealed his sexuality in March 2006 amidst anger from the Indian public.
He has since appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show claiming he has no regrets.