The Swedish court announced today that Prince Oscar will be baptized on Friday, May 27 at the Royal Chapel at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. So in honor of that announcement, I decided to do a little Royal Rewind to the other recent Swedish royal Baptisms.
Let’s start our trip down memory lane with the first Swedish royal baby to be born this generation (and the only one I haven’t covered here yet), Princess Estelle. Estelle was baptized on May 22, 2012, just under three months after she was born on February 23, 2012.
Estelle has five godparents: her maternal uncle, Prince Carl Philip; her paternal aunt, Anna Westling-Söderström; King Willem-Alexander (then Prince of Orange); Crown Princess Mary; and Crown Prince Haakon.
Crown Princess Victoria wore a pink dress from Elie Saab, while Princess Madeleine wore purple and the drops from the Connaught Tiara as earrings.
Queen Silvia went with a beige Valentino, and then-Sofia Hellqvist wore light pink Tibi. This event was Sofia’s big debut as an official royal girlfriend. It was also Chris O’Neill‘s big royal debut as an official royal boyfriend.
Leonore has six godparents: her maternal aunt, Crown Princess Victoria; her paternal aunt, Tatjana d’Abo; her paternal uncle, Count Ernst Abensperg und Traun; her mother’s cousin, Patrick Sommerlath; and friends of her parents, Alice Bamford and Louise Gottlieb.
Both Madeleine and Silvia went with lace Valentino – Maddie in pink, and Silvia in blue.
Victoria wore pink Dolce & Gabbana and a Philip Treacy hat, Estelle wore a white dress Victoria wore back in 1980, and Sofia wore a purple Valerie dress with a white Viktoria Chan coat.
Estelle is still adorable, even when it’s not her big day.
Like his sister, 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.
Madeleine wore Valentino like she did for Leonore’s Christening. I much prefer this colorful gown to the too-short pink lace dress she wore for Leonore’s. Silvia wore blue, as she did for Leonore’s.
A pregnant Victoria wore a custom blue dress from Seraphine Maternity (with odd pocket flaps that I’m not fond of), Estelle wore Marie Chantal, and an also pregnant (but not announced yet) now-Princess Sofia wore burgundy Gucci which I happen to love on her (the bow, not so much).
Though Nicolas made sure we all knew it was his show – and that he wasn’t having any of it – Leonore gave him a run for his money being the adorable squirmy monkey that she is.
This year we’ll add two more Swedish royal baptisms to this list: Prince Oscar, and Carl Philip and Sofia’s baby.
I’ll leave you with info about the Swedish royal Christening gown. Like the British, the Swedes have a traditional Christening gown which all royal babies wear.
The gown dates from 1906 and is made of cotton batiste and Valenciennes lace (bobbin lace) with a petticoat of satin woven silk. The gown is trimmed with lace at the arms and also includes a jersey of Valenciennes lace.
In 1935, a cream-colored silk satin cape was added. The cape features the names and dates of all the royal babies who were baptized in the gown.
Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf with his wife Princess Sibylla holding their daughter Princess Margaretha after her baptism in 1935.
Queen Silvia holding then-Princess Victoria and King Carl Gustaf holding then-Crown Prince Carl Philip during his baptism in 1979.