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Old 05-09-2014, 04:28 PM
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Yes, I think Estelle will make an appearance at the christening. Judging by the recent photos of her and Leonore together, she seems to enjoy being with her little cousin. I would be surprised if she didn't attend.

I find it interesting that Madeleine wants Leonore to be christened in Drottningholm and not the cathedral in Stockholm, which was where Estelle was christened, IIRC. (Please correct me if I'm incorrect.) I hope the event won't be too private as I'd love to see some photos.
I too think that Princess Estelle will be present for the baptism. Actually Princess Estelle was baptized in the church of the royal palace of Stockholm where Madeleine and Chris were married
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Old 05-10-2014, 02:05 PM
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Because of Princess Leonore's christening at the Royal Chapel in Drottningholm on 8 June, the Drottningholm Palace is temporarily closed from June 4 to 10 (with reservation even for 2-3 June) because of the preparations and official representation.
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Old 05-13-2014, 06:02 AM
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New info about the christening
The event including the Kings reception will be broadcasted by SVT and the photos will be taken by TT News agency
https://translate.googleusercontent....l-fFwy94ozx2gQ
The court has also published the programme for the day
https://translate.googleusercontent....YLhUU-bxHm6vcg
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Old 05-14-2014, 06:17 AM
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The director of the court press department, Margareta Thorgren, told to Aftonbladet, that no members of the foreign royal families have been invited to the christening. This is a smaller and more family christening than princess Estelle's. Royal expert Roger Lundgren says this shows that Madeleine goes her own way and of course Madeleine doesn't have much connections with the other royal families like Victoria has. And because Leonore isn't the daughter of the future queen, it isn't so odd that she doesn't get royal godparents of foreign royals.
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Old 05-14-2014, 07:04 AM
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So no foreign royals? Well, then I must admit that I find 6 godparents to be a little bit over the top....

Is a godparent only meant to be symbolic, or would they expect all 6 godparents to play a role in the little girl's life?

Why not take 4, 1 friend and 1 family member each???
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Old 05-15-2014, 07:27 AM
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it just fits the 'specialty' of madeleine. she prefers to be royal when it suits/benefits her (or her daughter), the baptism is strange as there are more godparents than estelle but no other royals invited, its supposed to be 'private' in her home palace chapel, yet it is being televised.
imo because madeleine is the youngest, she could always do as she pleases and we can still see this today. i understand why she is being critizised in sweden so harshly, there is no red line in her life/choices that define her as working royal or not a working royal.
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Old 05-16-2014, 12:45 PM
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this article talks about the christening of leonore, although some of the info seems rather strange. they confirm that leonore will have 6 godmothers and 6 godfathers (which would be rather unsual) and that chris wants the godparents to be catholics, as he is a practicant catholic. they also say that letizia had been asked to be godmother, but refused it based on the fact that she's actually agnostic, even though officially she attends any catholic events.


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I think it's all rubbish! And what connections do Madde and Chris have with Leti? I think the press wants to denigrate her as always
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Old 05-16-2014, 03:56 PM
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I wouldn't believe the article for one second. There seems to be no warm friendship between Princesses Letizia and Madeleine, and I don't think they see each other a lot, apart from at a large royal gathering perhaps.The Spanish press are known to attack Letizia, so I think they used Leonore's christening as an opportunity to "bash" her. Also, when an article says that Leonore will have six godmothers and six godfathers when there's been confirmation of six godparents altogether, you know it's unreliable!

Personally I think that Leonore will get another Scandinavian royal, some of Madeleine's friends, one of Chris's sisters or maybe another Bernadotte as godparents.
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Old 05-17-2014, 01:13 AM
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I wouldn't believe the article for one second. There seems to be no warm friendship between Princesses Letizia and Madeleine, and I don't think they see each other a lot, apart from at a large royal gathering perhaps.The Spanish press are known to attack Letizia, so I think they used Leonore's christening as an opportunity to "bash" her. Also, when an article says that Leonore will have six godmothers and six godfathers when there's been confirmation of six godparents altogether, you know it's unreliable!

Personally I think that Leonore will get another Scandinavian royal, some of Madeleine's friends, one of Chris's sisters or maybe another Bernadotte as godparents.
Since the court has told that no foreign royals are invited to the christening, the swedish royal experts think that Estelle will not get any foreign royals as her godparents either.
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Since the court has told that no foreign royals are invited to the christening, the swedish royal experts think that Estelle will not get any foreign royals as her godparents either.
I think you meant Princess Leonore?
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I think you meant Princess Leonore?
Yes, sorry...
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Old 05-17-2014, 07:29 AM
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Slightly bummed that little Leonore wont have a non-Swedish royal godparent but obviously it's logical since Madeleine isn't nearly as attached to foreign royals as Victoria is. Have to update my godparents-guess now.
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Since the court has told that no foreign royals are invited to the christening, the swedish royal experts think that Estelle will not get any foreign royals as her godparents either.
Ah, that's a little disappointing. I was hoping that either Princess Marie of Denmark or Princess Martha Louise of Norway would be godparents to Princess Leonore, but I knew I shouldn't get my hopes up. So I guess it will just be family friends and members on the godparents list.
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Chris has at least two sisters who are married into the aristocracy and also has many very well connected friends. That, combined with the Swedish Royal family themselves, means that Chris and Madeleine have a very suitable group from which to choose godparents for their new daughter without any members of foreign RF's.
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The royal court has created a website in honor if the royal christening with information about the christening royal traditions etc etc
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Will the christening be held in Swedish or in English?
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Margareta Thorgren told to Expressen, that since the christening is an official event of state, the king doesn't have to pay anything about it. All costs will be paid from the apanage the court gets from the government and parliament. When the annual report was published, it was told that from the apanage was paid 3 million SEK to pay Madeleine's and Chris' wedding, and the king paid himself more than 3 million SEK of the wedding costs.
- There is budgeting for baptism, but if you compare it with previous baptisms, this is a much smaller baptism - it is how Princess Madeleine and Chris O'Neill want it. It becomes a more familiarly baptism without foreign royals invited, says Thorgren.
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- We currently have no figures for what baptism is going to cost, we will not be going out with such data. This is an official state event and the basis for how the court works is that the official affairs of state are included in our business.
The private lunch, then, it is also an affair of state?
- "Private lunch" is more an expression of that TV doesn't get to film there. There is no clear boundary between what royal private commitments are and what is the commitment is as king. It is what makes our business different. This is an official commitment, because it is a princess of Sweden to be baptized.
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The private lunch, then, it is also an affair of state?
- "Private lunch" is more an expression of that TV doesn't get to film there. There is no clear boundary between what royal private commitments are and what is the commitment is as king. It is what makes our business different. This is an official commitment, because it is a princess of Sweden to be baptized.
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What is the criterion to define who is a "prince or princess of Sweden" ? In the Netherlands for example, the law ordinarily restricts the title of "prince/princess of the Netherlands" (with the accompanying H.R.H. style) to:

  1. A former monarch upon abdication.
  2. The heir apparent to the throne.
  3. Legitimate children of the monarch.
  4. Legitimate children of the heir apparent.
  5. The consorts of the monarch and of the heir apparent.
Other grandchildren of the monarch who are not born to the heir apparent may by law get other titles (e.g. "prince of Orange-Nassau" with a lower HH style), but, since Queen Beatrix's accession, they have been given non-royal titles of nobility instead (e.g. "count/countess of Orange-Nassau" for the children of prince Constantijn and prince Friso).



In Sweden, on the other hand, it appears that the king decides on his own who should be an H.R.H or not. That is fine as long as the number of people in the line of succession is small (as it is the case now), but, in the future, as the number of direct descendants of King Carl XVI Gustaf grows, I imagine the Swedish Parliament will have to pass specific legislation limiting membership of the royal house or, otherwise, there will be an explosion in the number of "princes/princesses of Sweden".



I wonder what the Swedish citizens on this group think about this issue.
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According to Aftonbladet, Sofia Hellqvist is invited to the christening.
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