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Sweden readies for Princess Estelle baptism

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Sweden readies for Princess Estelle baptism
16:50 CEST+02:00
With Sweden's Princess Estelle's christening just days away, the Royal Court on Friday released new images of the infant princess and her proud parents, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel.

On Tuesday, May 22nd Princess Estelle will be christened in a formal ceremony at the Royal Chapel in the Royal Palace in Stockholm.

The ceremony, which takes place one day shy of Estelle's three-month birthday, will be conducted by Archbishop Anders Wejryd, who also officiated over the 2010 wedding of the Crown Princess and Prince Daniel.

Ever since Estelle's February 22nd birth, the Royal Court has periodically released new images of Sweden's newest princess.

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"Many say that Estelle's eyes look a lot like Victoria's. The images reveal a lot of love and are very personal for royal pictures," royal expert and editor of Royal Magazine previously told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

The two images released on Friday are high-resolution black and white portraits, one of Estelle alone, and one in which she sits comfortably in the arms of her proud parents.

The pictures are taken by photographer Kate Gabor, who has taken the previous pictures of Estelle released by the Royal Court, although a Royal Court spokesperson couldn't confirm exactly when they were taken.

"We got them in the press office a few days ago; they're quite new," Royal Court spokesperson Bertil Tenert told Aftonbladet.

Estelle's christening is scheduled to take place at noon on May 22nd and expected to last about an hour, after which the royal family will attend a reception at the Royal Palace.

The princess, whose full name is Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary, Duchess of Östergötland, will be 13 weeks old when she is baptized, almost exactly the same age Crown Princess Victoria was when she was christened in September 1977.

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