Friday, 27 May 2016

Prince Oscar's christening: a family affair

Prince Oscar with his parents and his sister on his first big royal occasion

Prince Oscar Carl Olof of Sweden was christened today in a ceremony that was all about family. The third in line to the Swedish throne was baptised in the Royal Chapel of the Royal Palace in Stockholm on May 27th 2016 in a ceremony that started at noon and ended with smiles. The second littlest royal in Sweden sailed through his big day - an event that was all about family.

Prince Oscar arrived for the ceremony in the arms of his mother, Crown Princess Victoria, with proud daddy, Prince Daniel at their side and a very happy big sister, Princess Estelle, loving every second of her brother's day.

Inside the Royal Chapel of the Royal Palace were the most of the rest of Sweden's Royal Family. Chris O'Neill had Prince Nicolas in his arms as he walked in with Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia although Prince Alexander, at the tender age of six weeks, stayed at home.

Princess Leonore stuck with her mum as Princess Madeleine became a godmother to her nephew, Oscar.
Also sticking together were the four proud grandparents. King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia talked and chatted with Olle and Ewa Westling throughout the day.
And while they are distantly related, two of Oscar's royal godparents and their spouses had a real family look about them as they joined the party. Crown Prince Haakon Magnus and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway and Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark couldn't have been happier to be part of this big day.
There were lots of touching family moments throughout the ceremony with King Carl XVI Gustaf showering his second grandson with loving looks and sweet pats on the head, especially as he handed over the Order of the Seraphim.
The King of Sweden starred in one of the sweetest photos of the day as he greeted his grandson outside the ceremony. The look on his daughter's face said it all.
Queen Silvia also looked smitten with her fourth grandchild and clearly couldn't wait to get her hands on him for a cuddle although that happened behind closed doors.
Princess Estelle got the best view of the christening itself as her dad, Prince Daniel, swept her up in his arms to see her little brother being baptised. And she looked worried as little Oscar began to cry.
And she followed the ceremony with close attention all the way through.
There were links to family long ago as well as the traditional presentation after the christening saw Prince Oscar snuggle, sort of, into Karl XV's golden cradle.
Tonight, he is in his royal nursery in his family home at Haga Palace while the rest of the Swedish royals continue the celebrations. Prince Oscar of Sweden's christening was a real family affair.
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