Swedish royals turn out for Prince Nicolas' christening

Prince Nicolas of Sweden was christened on Sunday at Drottningholm Palace Chapel at midday. The son of Princess Madeleine and her husband Chris O'Neill looked angelic as he slept in the arms of his mother throughout the majority of the service.

Nicolas' older sister Princess Leonore sat on her father's lap during the ceremony, dressed adorably in a grey dress accessorised with a large bow in her hair. Other members of the royal family, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, their daughter Estelle and Prince Carl's wife, Princess Sofia, sat close by beaming as the young boy was baptised into the Church of Sweden.

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Prince Nicolas of Sweden was baptised on Sunday


Madeleine's older brother Prince Carl Philip was announced as the baby boy's godfather along with five other of the royal couple's friends. He played a vital role in the christening - speaking at the ceremony, filling up the baptismal font and blessing his nephew.

The four-month-old baby wore the same christening robe that his older sister wore at her baptism last year.


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The baby boy's godparents blessed him during the ceremony


Following the service Madeleine and Chris took baby Nicolas to greet well-wishers who had waited outside in the sunny weather during the event. The christening was broadcast on national television.

Princess Madeleine gave birth to her first son, whose full name is Nicolas Paul Gustaf, two days after her brother Carl Philip married Sofia Hellqvist in June. Nicolas is the sixth-in-line to the Swedish throne.


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After the ceremony Madeleine and Chris introduced the newly christened baby boy to well wishers outside the chapel


After the official ceremony the guests left the chapel and attended a reception followed by a private lunch. Invited guests included immediate family and representative of the Riksdag - the national legislature and the supreme decision-making body of Swede - and the government.