Prince Oscar of Sweden, the newborn son of Crown Princess Victoria was christened at the Royal Chapel at the Royal Palace of Stockholm on May 27th. There was a significant Swedish Royal turnout for the ceremony, including most of the children, though understandably, Prince Alexander was absent.
The ceremony, officiated by Archbishop Antje Jackelén, was steeped in tradition. The Prince was baptised with water that came from a special spring on the island of Öland, over a silver font that dates from the early 18th century. During the service, both Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, the Godparents, delivered readings. The godparents also gathered around Prince Oscar, who is third-in-line to the Swedish throne, and held their hands above his head as a sign of a blessing. Crown Princess Victoria is very close to her cousins the heirs of Denmark and Norway, and has served as a godmother to their children. Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway served as Godparents to Prince Oscar, while their spouses served as Godparents to Princess Estelle. The other Godparents were Princess Madeleine, aunt of the Prince Oscar, Hans Astrom, cousin of Prince Daniel, and Oscar Magnuson, cousin of Crown Princess Victoria.
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At the conclusion of the ceremony, King Carl XVI Gustav presented his grandson with the sash of the Order of the Serephim. After the service, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel presented their little Prince, who was wearing his new sash and order, to well-wishers outside the chapel. The party then moved on for a reception and private lunch in the palace.
The royal children misbehaved often during the ceremony, much to the annoyance of their parents, and to the amusements of the others. Princess Estelle got bored frequently, and started to get fretful.Princess Leanore, whose antics are much remembered from her brother christening, fell of her chair, and ran from one side to the other throughout the ceremony. Prince Nicholas remained amiable throughout the ceremony with his toothbrush, but did cry a few times.
Prince Oscar wore the Swedish Heirloom christening gown. The Crown Princess wore a white cutout dress by By Malina. She wore a pair of pearl earrings and a white net facinator. Princess Estelle wore a lace dress by Charbia Paris, with a floral facinator and a small strand of pearls. Prince Daniel wore morning dress with a light blue tie.
Queen Silvia wore a light pink lace dress with a three strand pearl necklace with a topaz clasp, and the King’s portrait badge. Ewa Westling wore a rose pink dress and jacket, with a large strand of pearls, and a white hat. Princess Sofia wore a sky blue cape-back dress by Antonio Beradi, and a cream hat. Princess Madeleine wore a pink version of the Roskanda Margot dress, a rose pink hat, and small diamond earrings. The king and Prince Carl Phillip wore uniform with the Order of the Serephim, the other men wore morning dress.
Crown Princess Mary of Denmark wore a dotted ombré white and black dress, with a larger black hat, and pearl earrings. Crown Prince Fredrick wore morning dress with a dotted red tie. Crown Princess Mette-Marit wore a green dress with large pearl earrings, her aquamarine brooch, and a sparkly headband. Crown Prince Haakon of Norway wore grey morning dress with a blue tie.
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