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Tue 16th July, 2019
 

Madeleine, Mette-Marit & Frederik godparents to Prince Oscar at his christening

Today, the Swedish Royal Family gathered to celebrate Prince Oscar’s christening, as he was welcomed into the Swedish church. His five godparents, including three European Royals, were also in attendance at the ceremony at the Royal Chapel at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.

Crown Princess Victoria holds Prince Oscar of Sweden at his christening today.

Crown Princess Victoria holds Prince Oscar of Sweden at his christening in the Royal Chapel in Stockholm today.

Crown Princess Victoria arrived holding her son, Oscar, with Prince Daniel escorting his daughter, Princess Estelle to the service.

Princess Madeleine and Chris O’Neill attended with both their children, Princess Leonore and Prince Nicholas, while Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia were alone, the one-month old Prince Alexander staying at home.

Crown Princess Mary, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, and Prince Carl Philip and wife Princess Sofia were all at the christening.

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Prince Carl Philip and wife Princess Sofia were all at the christening. Uncle Chris O’Neill holds son Prince Nicholas at the ceremony. (Kungahuset)

Prince Oscar of Sweden has five godparents:his aunt Madeleine, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, Hans Astrom and Oscar Magnuson. Astrom is a friend of Daniel’s, while Magnuson is a friend of the Royal Family.

Frederik and Mette-Marit were both joined by their partners, Mary and Haakon respectively.

Archbishop Antje Jackelén officiated the ceremony, assisted by Chief Court Chaplain Bishop Johan Dalman and Pastor of the Royal Court Parish Michael Bjerkhagen.

Oscar is christened. (Kunghuset)

Oscar is christened. (Kunghuset)

Oscar’s sister, Princess Estelle, helped fill the baptismal font with holy water for the occasion. She was asisted by her aunt, Princess Madeleine. The water came from a special spring on the island of Öland, and was put into the silver 18th century font.

Madeleine’s two children, Leonore and Nicholas, almost stole the show as the young Princess toppled off her chair at one point, before playing in the aisle with her toy horse; Nicholas, meanwhile, was pleased to show his aunt Sofia his toothbrush during the service.

During the service, both Frederik and Mette-Marit delivered readings.

King Carl XVI Gustaf gives Prince Oscar his sash and order at his christening. Kungahuset

King Carl XVI Gustaf gives Prince Oscar his sash and order at his christening. Kungahuset

After the service, Victoria and Daniel proudly presented their baby boy, who was wearing his new sash and order given to him by his grandfather, the King.

A reception and a lunch were then held for guests, and a 21-gun salute was fired from Skeppsholmen in Stockholm. Here are some more pictures from the day.

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Victoria has a passion for British history and Constitutional Monarchy, hence her reasons for founding The Crown Chronicles. Her specialism is the Early Modern era, with particular emphasis on Monarchy, the Restoration and 18th-century social history. She is also a keen reader, baker and shopper. Her motto is to have a full bookcase, but a fuller wardrobe! Victoria is also founder of Replicate Royalty, our sister site.

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