The first official pictures have been released from Prince Nicolas of Sweden's christening. The images, which were posted on the royal family's official Facebook page, show the four-month-old prince surrounded by his family and loved ones in a series of lovely photographs in celebration of his special day.
One sweet snapshot shows little Nicolas with his proud mother and father, Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Christopher O'Neill, along with his big sister Princess Leonore as they sit for a family photograph together following the service, which took place on Sunday 11 October in the Drottningholm Palace Chapel.
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Princess Madeleine and Chris O'Neill are the picture of happiness with their children Princess Leonore and Prince Nicolas on the baby boy's christening day
Another image shows the newest member of the royal family joined by his grandparents, King Carl Gustaf, Queen Silvia and Mrs Eva O'Neill, while a third features Nicolas' aunts and uncles, including Crown Princess Victoria, who is herself expecting her second baby, and Prince Carl Philip – one of the little boy's godfathers.
Prince Nicolas, who is sixth in line to the Swedish throne, was baptised by Archbishop Antje Jackelen, assisted by Chaplain to The King and Bishop Emeritus Lars-Göran Lönnermark and the Reverend Michael Bjerkhagen, Court Chaplain and Rector of the Royal Court Parish.
The official photos from the christening have been released on the Swedish royal family's Facebook page
Following the service, Princess Madeleine, Christopher, the king and queen and Eva O'Neill welcomed their guests at a reception held at Ehrenstrahl Hall.
Carl Gustaf and his wife later hosted a luncheon in Karl XI's gallery, where invitees dined on golden beet carpaccio with truffles, mizuna, roasted pumpkin seeds and pecorino, followed by a seared filled of hake, lobster tails tossed in butter, vegetable parcels, herbed potatoes and lobster sauce. For dessert, they were treated to a southern French toffee tart with raspberry mousse.
Among the christening gifts presented to the little prince were a selection of Swedish children's books, given by the Swedish Parliament and Government. The County Administrative Board of Västernorrland created a park in The Prince's honour, 'Prince Nicolas Duke of Ångermanland's Discovery Park', which is located at the visitor centre in the High Coast area of Sweden.