Princess Leonore, daughter of Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Chris O’Neill, was baptized this morning at the Drottningholm Palace chapel in Stockholm. Leonore was pretty well behaved. She was a bit fussy when they arrived, but calmed down and didn’t even cry when she was baptized (unlike her mother, Madeleine, who wailed). Part of the baptism includes Leonore receiving the Order of the Seraphim—that’s the little blue sash and pin she received. Leonore was born on February 20, 2014 at 10:41 EST in New York City. Her baptism comes on her parent’s first wedding anniversary (more on that below).
Leonore has six godparents: Crown Princess Victoria, Madeleine’s sister; Louise Gottlieb, Madeleine’s friend; Patrick Sommerlath, Madeleine’s cousin; Tatiana d’Abo, Chris’ half-sister; Count Ernst Abensperg und Traun, Chris’ brother-in-law; Alice Bamford, Chris’ childhood friend.
On February 26, 2014, Carl XVI Gustaf assigned Leonore with the title, Duchess of Gotland. Gotland is an island off the coast of southern Sweden, and has been under Swedish control since the mid-1600s. Go here and here to read more about Gotland. Upon her baptism, Leonore received her own Coat of Arms and monogram—go here to read more about them.
Leonore wore the traditional christening gown that dates from 1906. Every Swedish royal since then has worn it to be baptized. The lining has the names and dates of the royal baptisms embroidered on it. Madeleine wore a short sleeved pink lace dress and matching heels. She looked lovely. The pink of her dress, the cream of the christening gown, and the blue of the sash really went well together. Crown Princess Victoria wore a light pink, embellished Dolce & Gabbana dress (thanks to Order of Splendor for the Id)—she accessorized with her royal family order (the pin with the blue ribbon). I think she looked wonderful.
Princess Estelle attended the ceremony. She wore a little white dress with gold detailing at the top. She got her own special little chair next to Victoria to sit on during the ceremony. I love that Victoria brings Estelle to things. I think she is so adorable.
Photos are screen grabs from the SVT live stream.
I will update the post if and when I get more photos available. The gallery includes photos of the gown lining, Victoria pouring the christening water, Victoria reading scripture, more photos of Leonore being baptized and sitting in the cradle.
UPDATE: Here are the official christening photos. Copyright: Anna-Lena Ahlström, kungahuset.se
Here’s more about Madeleine and Chris’ wedding anniversary:
A very happy 1st wedding anniversary to Princess Madeleine and Chris O’Neill. They married on June 8, 2013 at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. Madeleine wore a lace Valentino gown. For jewelry she chose a tiara she’s worn numerous times, a modified fringe-type tiara (I don’t think it has a name, go here to read more about it). I think it’s a beautiful tiara and looks lovely on Madeleine; but while I love its delicacy, it gets a bit lost with the veil behind it and the flowers in front of it. She also wore rather large diamond drop earrings and a diamond bracelet, and of course her engagement ring. She looked gorgeous.
Info-dump time! Chris refused the offer of a royal title, which would have required him to become a Swedish citizen. The couple live in New York City, where they met. Chris is an American banker/financier who was born in London. Madeleine works full-time at her mother’s charity, World Childhood Foundation. Madeleine was engaged previously (but let’s not give that jerk too much page time), before she left Sweden for NY where she met Chris. They announced they were expecting a child 12 weeks and 3 days after the wedding.
By the way, Chris got her name wrong during the vows. Madeleine’s full name is Madeleine Thérèse Amelie Josephine. Chris said, “Madeleine Amelie Thérèse Josephine”. Oh noes!!
Here is a video of the wedding (the audio is a bit off, sorry about that):
I’m including a few photos of Madeleine and Chris in the gallery. All photos copyright Kungahuset.se