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Friday, June 1, 2012

Christening of Royal Tots

This month, May 2012, at least two royal babies in European monarchy were formally admitted into the Christian world.
Princess Marie of Denmark holding her daughter, Princess Athena, during the baby's christening

HRH Princess Estelle of Sweden, the first child of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and HH Princess Athena of Denmark, second child of Prince Joachim of Denmark, were baptized on a separate location.

The second wife of Prince Joachim (youngest son of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark), Marie, gave birth to her second child last January 24, 2012. The little girl is currently 10th in the line of succession to the Danish throne. She has one older brother, Prince Henrik, and two half-brothers, Prince Nicolai and Prince Felix.
Prince Joachim and Princess Marie holding baby Princess Athena

Princess Estelle of Sweden was born last February 2012 and placed second in the line of succession to the Swedish throne edging out her maternal uncle, Prince Carl Philip, one step away from the throne. The cute baby girl will one day reign as Queen of Sweden.

The baby princess wore a gown of cream colored jacquard woven Swiss cotton previously used by her brother, Prince Henrik, on his baptism. As with other little babies during baptism, Princess Athena was a little bit fussy during the ceremony, crying out when the water was poured on her head.

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden with her three months old daughter, Princess Estelle

Unlike Athena's godparents who are all commoners, Estelle have three godparents who are royalty by birth--her uncle, Prince Carl Philip, Prince Wilhelm Alexander of the Netherlands and Prince Haakon of Norway, her other two godparents are Anna Westling, the sister of her father, Daniel Westling, and Princess Mary of Denmark, wife of Prince Frederick.

Princess Estelle with her parents and godparents
Important royal guests: Princess Maxima of the Netherlands, Prince Frederick of Denmark and Princess Madelaine of Sweden

Some of the guests were came from the distinguished royal houses of Europe. Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg who came with his fiancee, Countess Stephani de Lannoy, Princess Maxima of the Netherlands, Prince Frederick of Denmark and his mother, Queen Margrethe. Victoria's sister, Princess Madelaine flew from New York city to attend the baptism.

1 comment:

Malin Rheindorf said...

Her name is Madeleine - the Swedish princess that is. Victoria's sister. :)

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