Prince Nicolas of Sweden, son of Princess Madeleine and Chris O’Neill, was christened this morning in a televised ceremony at the Drottningholm Palace chapel in Stockholm.
Unlike his sister, Princess Leonore, Nicolas was not at all happy about being baptized nor was he happy about receiving his baby Order of the Seraphim sash from King Carl XVI Gustaf.
Of course, Leonore may have been well-behaved at her own baptism, but like at Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia‘s wedding in June Leonore was a little squirmy monkey who kept moving around and lifting her dress up during the ceremony. Eventually Leonore was removed by Princess Estelle.
Nicolas has six godparents: Prince Carl Philip (Madeleine’s brother), Countess Natascha Abensperg und Traun (Chris’ sister), Gustaf Magnuson (Madeleine’s cousin), Henry d’Abo (Chris’ brother-in-law), Catherine von Horn (Madeleine’s friend), and Marco Wajselfisz. BTW, it was pretty cold in Sweden, hence the blanket in the photo below.
During the ceremony, Chris, Carl Philip, and Natascha gave readings. Chris and Natascha’s were in English while Carl Philip’s was in Swedish.
Unlike in other countries (I’m looking at you, Britain), royal baptisms are considered a state occasion in Sweden, hence the public-ness of them.
Canons went off ahead of the ceremony.
Nicolas was given the title Duke of Ångermanland at a cabinet meeting on June 17. Nicolas now has his own page on the royal family’s website, along with his own monogram.
Madeleine wore Valentino – here are some pieces from the Fall/Winter 2015-16 collection with the same pattern as Maddie’s dress. I really like her outfit here; she looks very pretty.
Crown Princess Victoria wore a custom blue dress from Seraphine Maternity (a brand both Kate Middleton and Princess Madeleine favored during their recent pregnancies) that was quite short when she sat down. And Sofia wore a pretty burgundy Gucci dress and the Sweden family order for the first time. She also wore a pink bow in her hair that was quite juvenile. Other than the bow and Duchess Kate Curls, I quite like her look.
Estelle wore a Marie Chantal Jacquard Coat (was $475.00, currently $190.00). Estelle is such a polar opposite to Leonore. Estelle has been well-behaved at these types of events since she was tiny.
A few more photos from the ceremony. If you missed the ceremony and wish to view it, you can watch a replay of it here. I don’t know how long the replay will be available.
I adore little Leonore, by the way. She’s so cute and squirmy.
Photos: SVT livestream screengrab