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Prince Nicolas of Sweden turns two

His Royal Highness Prince Nicolas of Sweden turns two-years-old today. He is the younger child of Princess Madeleine of Sweden and her American-British husband, Christopher O’Neill.

As expected, new images of the young royal were released by the Swedish Royal Court and Princess Madeleine this morning in celebration of his birthday. Taken by Kate Gabor, the four photos feature the Prince with his second birthday cake.

Kate Gabor, The Royal Court, Sweden

Princess Madeleine posted on her Facebook page about her son’s birthday with two images, “Happy 2nd Birthday Sweet Nicolas! We couldn’t have wished for a kinder and bigger hearted boy.”

Kate Gabor, The Royal Court, Sweden (via Princess Madeleine’s Facebook)

Prince Nicolas Paul Gustaf was born on 15 June 2015 at Danderyd Hospital in Danderyd, Sweden – just two days after his maternal uncle, Prince Carl Philip wed Sofia Hellqvist (now Princess Sofia) in the Royal Chapel of Stockholm Palace.

Kate Gabor, The Royal Court, Sweden (via Princess Madeleine’s Facebook)

His birth was celebrated with a 21-gun salute, and his names and title were announced by his maternal grandfather, King Carl XVI Gustaf during a cabinet meeting on 17 June. His full name and title are Prince Nicolas Paul Gustaf of Sweden, Duke of Ångermanland. 

A Te Deum service was held in his honour on 18 June at the Royal Chapel of Stockholm Palace.

Nicolas was christened on 11 October 2015 in the Royal Chapel of Drottningholm Palace. His godparents are his maternal uncle, Prince Carl Philip; his paternal aunt, Natascha Abensberg und Traun; his maternal cousin, Gustaf Magnuson (son of Princess Christina – Madeleine’s aunt); his paternal uncle, Henry d’Abo; and two friends of his parents, Katarina von Horn and Marco Wajselfisz.

His Royal Highness has only made a couple of public appearances with the Swedish Royal Family in his young life. Besides his christening, he has only appeared at the christenings of his cousins, Prince Oscar and Prince Alexander last year.

Nicolas has one older sister, Princess Leonore, Duchess of Gotland who turned three in February. Currently, he is eighth in line to the Swedish throne; However, once his aunt, Princess Sofia gives birth to her and Prince Carl Philip’s second child, due in September, he will be bumped down to ninth in line to succeed his grandfather.

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