He’s only been around for a few days, but Sweden’s newest prince is certainly making his presence felt. As he settles into life at home with his mother, Princess Madeleine, members of the Royal Family have been attending a church service at the Royal Palace to mark his arrival. And his proud father, Chris O’Neill, took his place in the front row as the service to celebrate the birth of Nicolas Paul Gustaf of Sweden got under way.
Chris O’Neill, along with the King and Queen of Sweden and Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, returned to the Royal Chapel of the Royal Palace less than a week after Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist were married. The newlyweds have missed the celebrations for the birth of little Nicolas as they are now on honeymoon.
The little prince’s name had been revealed yesterday following a cabinet meeting where the proud grandfather, King Carl XVI Gustaf, made the announcement. His eldest child, and Madeleine’s big sister, Crown Princess Victoria was also present.
The King of Sweden also revealed the title he has bestowed on the latest addition to his family. Little Nicolas will also be the Duke of Angermanland. All three of Carl XVI Gustaf’s children and his two granddaughters were given ducal titles at birth.
The new prince’s names are very much rooted in his family. His two middle names honour his grandfathers. Paul was the name of Chris O’Neill’s father, Paul Cesario O’Neill, who died in 2004. He shared the name with his father, Paul Holian O’Neill. Gustaf, of course, comes from Nicolas’s maternal grandpa who shared the name with his father, Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf, and the grandfather that he succeeded in 1973, Gustaf VI Adolf.
The new prince’s Duchy, Angermanland, is in the north of Sweden. It has a population of just over 130,000 people, and it is known for its mountainous terrain and fjords. The Swedish Royal House confirmed that Angerland had never been a duchy before.
Prince Nicolas of Sweden was born on Monday at 1.45pm at the Danderyds Sjukhus Hospital in Stockholm. Not long afterwards, he was visited in hospital by the King and Queen of Sweden, and he met his big sister, sixteen-month-old Princess Leonore, for the first time the following day. The first official photos of the baby boy were also released on Tuesday.
Princess Madeleine had last been seen in public less than 48 hours before the birth of her son when she, too, attended the Royal Wedding of the year. Madeleine and Chris O’Neill married on 8th June 2013 in the Royal Chapel, and little Leonore was born in New York, where the couple were living, in February 2014.
It’s more than likely there will be another event in the Royal Chapel that’s all about him very soon. Predictions are that his christening will be held there as this historic summer for Sweden’s royals comes to an end.
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