Prince Oscar was Christened today, May 27, in Stockholm, Sweden at the Royal Chapel at the Royal Palace. It was a really lovely service, as are all the Swedish services. If you didn’t watch along with us yesterday, you can still watch the ceremony at SVTPlay. To celebrate Oscar’s Christening, almost the entire Swedish royal family came out: Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, and Princess Estelle; King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia; Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia; Princess Madeleine, Chris O’Neill, Princess Leonore, and Prince Nicolas.
Note: This post got super long, so I’m doing fashion in a separate post later when I can find more ids.
Little Oscar was pretty well behaved, which is such a shift from the last Swedish baptism where Nicolas cried through most of it.
I did notice something, though. While Leonore has a permanent sad face, Oscar has a permanent surprise face.
Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Crown Prince Frederik, and Crown Princess Mette-Marit all spoke during the ceremony.
During this part, Leonore escaped her mother’s grasp and darted away.
Madeleine helped Estelle pour the water into the baptismal font.
And then because Leonore was Leonore, Victoria had to step in to hold Leonore. The baptismal water was sourced in Öland.
This baptismal font was commissioned by Charles XI from silver from the the island of Sumatra. The font was made between 1696 and 1707, and was first used in 1746 for the baptism of Crown Prince Gustav (III).
Oscar wore the traditional Christening gown. 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.
Baby sashes! Oscar was made a Knight of the Order of the Seraphim and a Knight of the Order of Charles XIII upon birth, and was presented with a baby Seraphim sash during the ceremony by his grandpa.
Prince Oscar was granted a coat of arms and a monogram. Oscar’s coat of arms was designed by Henrik Dahlström and represents his title of Duke of Skåne.
Oscar has five godparents: Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Madeleine, Oscar Magnuson (Princess Christina’s second son), and Hans Astrom.
Here’s some cuteness from the kiddos!
Estelle holding, and resting her head on, Daniel’s hand.
Estelle’s little purse!
Leonore running around during the ceremony.
Estelle joined Leonore’s side of the aisle for a bit at one point.
Leonore playing with a toy horse.
Nicolas with his toothbrush.
Maddie seemingly scolding Leonore. Both Mette-Marit and Frederik seem amused.
Leonore tipped her mini chair over during the ceremony. She recovered quickly once she got a binky.
The Crown Princess family with both sets of grandparents after the ceremony. Estelle is holding Grandma Westling’s hand.