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Prince Oscar’s Christening date announced

The Swedish Royal Court has announced that Prince Oscar, the month-old son of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, will be christened on 27 May.

The christening will take place at the Royal Chapel of the Royal Palace of Stockholm.

Further details will be announced in due course. It is expected that he will wear the traditional christening gown of the Swedish royal family, which also has the names of the children who have worn it in embroidered on it. It was first worn by Prince Gustaf Adolf when he was christened in 1906.

Prince Oscar was born on 2 March 2016 and is the second child of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel. The young Prince is third in line in the succession to the throne of Sweden after his mother and his elder sister Princess Estelle.

A 1980 change in law made his mother Crown Princess in favour of her younger brother Prince Carl Philip, who was born in 1979. By then, changes in the law were already planned, though officially Prince Carl Philip was Crown Prince for eight months.

The birth of Prince Oscar was greeted by two 21-gun salutes on the island of Skeppsholmen, opposite Stockholm Palace and the little Prince received the title Duke of Skåne. He is the third Swedish Prince to carry that title and both his predecessors became King of Sweden, Charles XV and Gustaf VI Adolf.

The name Oscar is also not unfamiliar in the Swedish royal family. There have been two Kings named Oscar and several princes carried the name, like his great-grandfather Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, whose full name was Gustaf Adolf Oscar Fredrik Arthur Edmund and who unfortunately died in a tragic plane crash before he became king.

A Te Deum Thanksgiving service took place the day after his birth, just after his full name Oscar Carl Olof was announced by his grandfather.

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