Prince Oscar Carl Olof of Sweden, the second child of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, will be christened at the royal chapel in Drottningholm Palace tomorrow. The palace chapel is where many Swedish royals are baptized, including Oscar’s older sister, four-year-old, Princess Estelle. The two-month-old’s godparents have been this afternoon announced by the Swedish Royal Court ahead of tomorrow’s ceremony.
Oscar’s godparents are: Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, Princess Madeleine of Sweden, Oscar Magnuson and Hans Åström. Princess Madeleine isn’t a surprise considering her brother, Prince Carl Philip is godfather to her eldest son. The Scandinavian royal families are quite close as well, having served as godparents to each others children. Oscar Magnuson is Crown Princess Victoria’s first cousin; and Hans Åström is a cousin of Prince Daniel (and a world champion bandy player).
Prince Oscar is third in line to the Swedish throne and is styled as the Duke of Skåne. He was born at Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm on March 2, 2016. The first official royal portrait of the tiny prince was released just five days after his birth on the Swedish royal family’s website. The royal couple also published a photo of his older sister, Princess Estelle cuddling with her new baby brother soon after his birth.
There is great speculation that Oscar will wear the same christening gown as his sister, cousins, aunts and uncle. However the guestlist of attendees is no mystery. Naturally, Oscar’s godparents will attend alongside their spouses; his grandparents, King Carl and Queen Silvia will also be there along with his parents, aunts, uncles and cousins.
They will be joined by Princess Madeleine and Chris’ children: two-year-old Princess Leonore and 11-month-old Prince Nicolas.
The ceremony will be steeped in tradition. The baptismal water will be drawn from a spring on the island of Öland. Officiating the ceremony will be Archbishop Antje Jackelén. Following the christening will be a reception and private lunch for invited guests. Prince Oscar will be the recipient of numerous gifts for this special occasion; one of which tops all the others – a playground to be built and named in his honour