2014-06-08

A short summary about Princess Leonore's christening ceremony

The officiating clergy

The christening will be conducted by Archbishop Anders Wejryd. He will be assisted by Chaplain to The King Lars-Göran Lönnermark and Pastor of the Royal Court Parish Michael Bjerkhagen.

Godparents

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

  • Crown Princess Victoria
  • Ms Louise Gottlieb
  • Mr Patrick Sommerlath
  • Mrs Tatjana d’Abo
  • Count Ernst Abensperg und Traun
  • Miss Alice Bamford

The christening gown

Princess Leonore's 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 and most recently Princess Estelle.

Princess Eugenie's Crown

Princess Eugenie's Crown will be placed in the chancel. The crown was made in 1860 in Stockholm by Edvard Emanuel Petterson, and was modelled on Princess Hedvig Elisabet Charlotta's crown dating from 1778. 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.