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Sweden readies for Princess Estelle baptism

18 May 2012, 16:50

Published: 18 May 2012 16:50 GMT+02:00

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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.

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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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Your comments about this article

20:53 May 18, 2012 by dizzymoe33
Cute picture you can see her little personality already!
21:56 May 18, 2012 by SkaneLover
Very cute and the image of her Daddy!
00:10 May 19, 2012 by saab
Who cares?
03:03 May 19, 2012 by SecondGen
Why Black and White?

Don't they have color photography in Sweden? (Not sure if going for the classic look is always the best approach)
07:20 May 19, 2012 by Snoopy!
And "Sweden readies" ?
16:21 May 19, 2012 by Opinionfool

That's true of every three month old baby nothing special because ehe's a princess.


It's grammatically okay (though one might expect in other contexts such as "Sweden readies for war") but whether factual that's another issue.

Personally I'm readying myself for indifference to it all.
18:42 May 19, 2012 by SwedePea
OpinionFool: dizzymoe33 never said it had anything to do with her being a princess, I don't know where you came up with that.

Saab: Even you obviously care enough to stop and comment, if you don't care ignore it and move on and let us that do care enjoy it without your negative comments.

SecondGen: Fine something better to complain about. Seriously.
18:56 May 19, 2012 by Opinionfool

And nothing better for you to comment upon either. Ho hum.
01:14 May 21, 2012 by saab

Actually I check in on these "stories" to (a) find out how many people still fall for the concept of a royalty (the ultimate in nepotism) (b) stir the pot so that people like you can have an increase in blood pressure and rupture a plaque and (c) to cure insomnia. I mean, really... who cares about such nonsense except for the tax payers who fund them. Too bad we can't have term limits on this royalty stuff. After 8 years, it's on to some other "Royal" family.

Elin Nordegren anyone? (At least she can live off her labor, sort of... double entendre there!)
20:28 May 21, 2012 by Opinionfool

"how many people still fall for the concept of a royalty (the ultimate in nepotism"

In England supposedly 80% of the population still want to retain the monarchy or so a survey published in the last few days suggests. As the Swedish royals were attending on Queen Elizabeth II's jubilee dinner on Saturday perhaps they want to take heart that some parts of the English still don't want to give on the notion just yet.
20:57 May 21, 2012 by dizzymoe33
Give me a Royal over our American Presidents any day!!
11:33 May 22, 2012 by kirub
Wolf in sheep's clothing. She is royalty.
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