2015-10-11

A short summary about Prince Nicolas' christening ceremony

The officiating clergy

The christening will be conducted by The Most Reverend Antje Jackelén, Archbishop, assisted by The Right Reverend Lars-Göran Lönnermark, Bishop Emeritus and Chief Court Chaplain, and The Reverend Michael Bjerkhagen, Court Chaplain and Rector of the Royal Court Parish.

Godparents

The Princess Couple have chosen the following six godparents for Princess Leonore:

  • HRH Prince Carl Philip
  • Countess Natascha Abensperg und Traun
  • Mr Gustaf Magnuson
  • Mr Henry d'Abo
  • Mrs Katarina von Horn
  • Mr Marco Wajselfisz

The christening gown

Prince Nicolas christening gown was first worn by Prince Gustaf Adolf when he was christened in 1906. The christening gown was also worn by Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Madeleine, Princess Estelle and most recently Princess Leonore.

Princess Hedvig Elisabeth Charlotta's Crown

Princess Hedvig Elisabeth Charlotta's crown, dating from 1778, will be placed in the chancel. The same crown stood at the baptismal font when Princes Madeleine was christened and when she married Mr Christopher O'Neill. The crown can be seen in the Treasury at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.

The Ehrenstrahl Hall

After the christening service, The Princess Couple, The King and Queen and Mrs Eva O'Neill will welcome the guests to the reception in the Ehrenstrahl Hall.

The room was previously known as Hedvig Eleonora's Audience Chamber. The room is dominated by Court Painter David Klöcker Ehrenstrahl's enormous paintings from 1696, which tell the story of Sweden's history during the time of the Pfalz Dynasty. The room is open to visitors to Drottningholm Palace.

King Karl XV's cradle

The cradle was made for the birth of Prince Karl (XV) in 1826 to a design by Court Architect Per Axel Nyström. The cradle was used as an everyday cradle for Prince Karl and his brothers Gustav and Oskar.

Before the christening of Princess Eugénie in 1830, a new cradle tradition was introduced and Prince Karl (XV)'s everyday cradle became the princesses' ceremonial cradle. It was then stood on Georg Haupt's ceremonial podium, just as it was at Princess Madeleine's christening in 1982 and Princess Leonore's christening in 2014.