Invitations for the Te Deum service for Princess Madeleine and Christopher O’Neill’s third child have been sent out in a sign that the Princess could give birth at any time.
The cards, sent on behalf of the baby’s grandfather King Carl XVI Gustaf, were sent out last week detailing the date and time of the thanksgiving service. There will also be a lunch at the Royal Palace after the Te Deum, hosted by the King and Queen Silvia. The invitations were revealed after one had been sent to the Riksdag (Swedish Parliament)’s President Urban Ahlin and his wife, Jenni Ahlin
Johan Tegal, Information Secretary of the Swedish Royal Court, said to Expressen, “As usual, family, representatives of official Sweden and large sections of the court staff are invited to the worship service.”
One notable change to this invitation has been noticed in comparison to previous invites for Te Deum’s. Usually, the invite usually explains that the service would take place the day after the child has been born. However, this time, the service will not occur until after Princess Madeleine and her child have left hospital.
The service will take place in the Royal Chapel of Stockholm Palace at 12:15 in the afternoon of the following day; however, if Madeleine returns home on Friday or Saturday, the Te Deum will not be held until Monday.
Tegal explained the new wording, “It has usually always been that the thanksgiving service took place the day after returning home. Earlier, another wording was used, and this is an explanation.”
The Swedish Royal Family will be in attendance, with the obvious exception of Princess Madeleine and her new child. It is possible but not definite that Princess Leonore and Prince Nicolas will accompany their father to the Christian service. It remains to be seen if Chris O’Neill’s family will be in Stockholm for the Te Deum.