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Princess Leonore of Sweden: details released about Princess Madeleine's daughter's christening

26 April 2014
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The Swedish royal family have released details about Princess Leonore of Sweden's forthcoming christening.

Princess Madeleine and her husband Chris O'Neill have chosen to baptise their baby daughter Leonore Lilian Maria at Drottningholm Palace Church at 12.00 noon on 8 June 2014 — a year to the day after they tied the knot and two days before Madeleine's 32nd birthday.

Leonore will be baptised in the same gown as King Carl XVI Gustaf, Princess Victoria and her cousin Princess Estelle, whom she met for the first time when Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel visited New York in mid-April.

The baptismal water will be drawn from a source on the island of Öland and the ceremony will be conducted by the same Archbishop who baptised Estelle, Anders Wejryd, assisted by chaplain to the King Lars-Göran Lönnermark and pastor Michael Bjerkhagen.

Look back: Victoria overwhelmed with emotion at the baptism of her little Princess Estelle

After the religious ceremony there will be a reception for 160 guests and then a private lunch hosted by Leonore's grandparents King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia for 100 guests.

Kungahuset, the Swedish royal family's official website, reports that the invitations were sent out on 23 April and guests include immediate family members as well as representatives of parliament and the Swedish government.

Princess Leonore, who also has the title the Duchess of Gotland, will have six godparents although they have yet to be named.

Given that the little girl is fifth-in-line to the throne, her godparents might not be as high profile as Sweden's future queen Estelle's who include Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and Prince Daniel's sister Anna Westling Söderström.Like Prince Estelle, Prince Vincent of Denmark and Prince George of Cambridge, Leonore will be three-months old at her christening.

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