Sweden gets ready for Prince Oscar's baptism

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Sweden gets ready for Prince Oscar's baptism
A happy Princess Victoria and a not equally happy Prince Oscar. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

European royalty, the arch bishop and spring water from a Swedish island. What more do you need for a royal christening?


It's been a right royal spring for Sweden, with the birth of Prince Oscar followed by Princess Sofia giving birth to Prince Alexander and King Carl XVI Gustaf himself celebrating his 70th birthday.

Some of you may be experiencing a feeling akin to that of the moment after you gorged on an entire Swedish Princess Cake (prinsesstårta) at the thought of reading any more stories about royalty.

The rest of you may keep reading.

On Tuesday Sweden's Royal Court released more information about the upcoming christening of Prince Oscar, who will officially get his name on May 27th, in a ceremony held at the Royal Chapel in Stockholm.

The ceremony will be conducted by Sweden's archbishop Antje Jackelén, assisted by bishop and chief court chaplain Johan Dalman and royal chaplain Mikael Bjerkhagen.

“After the christening ceremony there will be a reception for invited guests, after which a private lunch will take place,” read a statement on the Royal Court's website.

The official guestlist was not disclosed, but it said it included members of the immediate family, European royal families and official representatives from Sweden's government and parliament.

Jackelén christened Prince Oscar's cousin Prince Nicolas last year. The outspoken minister, who has sparked headlines saying there is no contradiction between believing in God and evolution, was sworn in as Sweden's first female archbishop in June 2014.

"The baptism is a seemingly simple act with great power," she told The Local ahead of Nicolas' christening. “The Church's conviction is that this is the most beautiful gift – and the most important task – a human can receive, even a prince.”

Oscar is set to be christened in the same dress worn by all members of the royal family before him, including his sister Princess Estelle and King Carl XVI Gustaf. Special water will be brought in for the ceremony from a spring on the island of Öland, where the family owns a summer residence.

Oscar – who was born on March 2nd at the Karolinska hospital – will be formally named Prince Oscar Carl Olof. His parents are Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel.


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