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Live Blog: the baptism of Princess Estelle

Live Blog: the baptism of Princess Estelle

Published: 22 May 2012 11:30 GMT+02:00
Updated: 22 May 2012 11:30 GMT+02:00

David Landes, 9.12pm

Well, the dust has settled on what at least one royal commentator dubbed a "historic" day.

The families of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel gathered for a private dinner at their Haga Palace home to conclude a day filled with lots of pomp, some circumstance, and a slew of memorable moments.

"Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary, I baptize you," uttered archbishop Anders Wejryd in the Royal Chapel in front of roughly 500 guests.

The infant princess's yawn early in the ceremony prompted a smile from her mother and marked the overwhelmingly calm Estelle's perhaps most expressive moment, aside from some muted crying which was quickly muffled by a pacifier from Victoria.

Afterwards, Victoria and Daniel took Estelle out to Slottsbacken, adjacent to the palace, where they and the assembled onlookers were treated to a 21 gun salute.

And there weren't just ooohs and aaahs over the well behaved Estelle. Royal observers were also keeping a keen eye on the partners of Victoria's siblings, Princess Madeleine and Prince Carl Philip, each of whom made their royal debut at today's baptism.

With today's baptism--considered the last major public event related to Estelle's birth--behind them, Victoria, Daniel, and Estelle can look forward to a few days peace and quiet.

But not for long.

Victoria is due to be on hand for the awarding of the Astrid Lindgren children's literature prize in about a week, and Sweden's National Day, June 6th, isn't far off either.

On that note, it's time to wrap up this latest Live Blog from The Local. Be sure to scroll down below to read more about the baptism of Princess Estelle.

Good night and have a great rest of the week!

David Landes

Editor

David Landes, 3.18pm

Just put together a gallery of pictures taken earlier today while I was outside the Royal Palace. Have a look and decide for yourself who has the coolest hat.

Click here to view the photo gallery.

Rebecca Martin, 3.12pm

After the event, celebrity milliner Bibi Kant summed up the show of head pieces as “stylish but a bit anxious-looking”.

However, Victoria looked “just right” for the event, Kant told daily Svenska Dagbladet. She also awarded top marks to Crown Princess Mary of Denmark for her “very elegant” hat.

David Landes, 3.04pm

Gifts for the newly baptized Princess Estelle have begun pouring in, the TT news agency reports.

The government and the Riksdag have chipped in to give Estelle a bookcase filled with 200 children's books, including picture books, fairy tales, and classics of children's literature.

That should keep her busy for a few years!

Other gifts included a glass bowl made in a glass factory in Östergötland (Princess Estelle is also Duchess of Östergötland) as well as a hand-painted Dala horse signed "From the people of Dalarna".

Estelle will also have a stretch of bicycle trail on the Baltic island of Öland named after her in honour of her baptism.

David Landes, 2.26pm

See what people outside the Royal Palace had to say about the baptism of Princess Estelle. Click here to view the photo gallery.

David Landes, 1.39pm

Johan Lindwall, royal correspondent for Expressen, thinks he knows who in the Swedish royal family will be next to walk down the aisle:

"Before I thought Carl Philip and Sofia would be get engaged next. After the baptism, I'm putting my money on Madeleine and Chris," he said.

Rebecca Martin, 1.31pm

Bells of Storkyrkan playing Incey Wincey Spider! Cute!

David Landes, 1.26pm

Two of the ceremony's most anticipated guests--Chris O'Neil, boyfriend of Princess Madeleine, and Sofia Hellqvist, who is dating Prince Carl Philip--arrived at Estelle's baptism together, much to the surprise of royal commentators.

"Perhaps they wanted to downplay the two relationships; they aren't even engaged yet. Now they look like they are specially invited guests, not a couple," said Expressen's royal expert Sten Hedman.

David Landes, 1.18pm

The ceremony concluded with King Carl XVI Gustav fastening the Royal Order of the Seraphim, the highest order in Sweden, to Princess Estelle.

After the ceremony, the royal family met invited guests to a reception in the Bernadotte apartments at the Royal Palace.

Rebecca Martin, 12:28pm

Fun Fact: The baptismal dress has been used by Swedish Royalty since 1906.

Rebecca Martin, 12:27pm

The congregation then sang the Swedish hymn Tryggare kan ingen vara, which is traditional for a Swedish baptism and a song most Swedes could sing along to.

Rebecca Martin, 12:22pm

Estelle kept calm, didn't cry and behaved impeccably while she was baptized.

Rebecca Martin, 12:19pm

One of the godparents, Estelle's uncle Prince Carl Philip, pours the water into the font. The water comes from the Royal residence Solliden on the Baltic island of Öland, brought to Stockholm by the King himself.

Rebecca Martin, 12:15pm

Prince Daniel strokes the head of his young baby daughter as the ceremony gets underway. Estelle seems remarkably calm on her mother's arm.

Rebecca Martin, 12:06pm

Arriving at the church, Princess Estelle was yawning prettily and wearing the traditional long white baptismal dress. According to the TT news agency reporter she looked amazed at the crowds gathered outside the church.

Oliver Gee, 11:40am

It has been announced that Estelle's godparents will be Norway's Crown Prince Haakon, Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Danish Crown Princess Mary, Prince Carl Philip, and Prince Daniel's sister Anna Westling Söderström, according to the TT news agency.

11:25. The Local's David Landes chats with Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt as more guests arrive for the baptism.

David Landes, 11:18am

More guests continue to march down the blue carpet, including Prime Minister Reinfeldt, the Stockholm Mayor, and Sweden's top military commander.

David Landes, 11:12am (from Storkyrkan via Twitter)

As the guests are arriving, former Prime Minister Göran Persson "is looking forward to the whole ceremony"

Oliver Gee, 10:48am

For you cradle enthusiasts out there, Princess Estelle's will be the oldest preserved royal cradle - that of Karl XI. The gilt wooded cradle with a red silk canopy dates back to 1655, and was last used in 1979.

David Landes, 10:31am

"We didn't plan to be here, but when we realized Estelle was going to be baptized, we just had to come!" said two German tourists, Patric and Betina, to The Local.

"It's fun to see the Royals and the famous people. And the fact that Queen Silvia is from Germany makes it even more interesting!"

David Landes, 10:28am (from Storkyrkan via Twitter)

A white car with Estelle's uncle, Prince Carl Philip, just zoomed into the palace

David Landes, 10:26am (from Storkyrkan via Twitter)

Word among journos here is that a motorcade has departed from Haga Palace on its way to the Royal Palace

Oliver Gee, 10:15am

Fun Fact: The baptismal font is made from 50 kilogrammes of Indonesian silver, and was built in the late 17th century. It was used for the first time in 1746 for the baptism of Prince Gustav III.

David Landes, 10:02am (from Storkyrkan via Twitter)

Hearing more German spoken than Swedish among early arrivals at the Royal Palace.

Rebecca Martin, 9:54am

Swedish hat designers are speculating on how daring Queen Silvia and Princess Victoria will be in their hat choice. One of Sweden's most famous milliners Bibi Kant is hoping Victoria will be stylish but discreet, she told daily Svenska Dagbladet before the event.

David Landes, 9:12am

Need something to jog your memory about all the excitement surrounding the birth of Princess Estelle? Check out some of The Local's stories on Sweden's royal birth.

'It's a girl': Prince Daniel

'She was radiant': crown princess' mentor

Victoria to hospital early Thursday morning

Live Blog: Sweden celebrates new princess

And don't forget to follow me on Twitter at @DaveLandes for live tweets from outside the Royal Palace.

David Landes, 9:02am

In the office making final preparations before heading down to the Royal Palace to catch a first hand glimpse of all the VIP guests due to attend the baptism of Princess Estelle.

The guest list includes royalty from Denmark, Norway, Luxemborg, the Netherlands, and Belgium.

As well as a whole host of less-recognizable (but no less important!) relatives of Prince Daniel.

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21:45 May 22, 2012 by dizzymoe33
It is nice to have some positive news today instead of death and destruction!! I am glad it was a nice baptism.
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