Saturday, February 20, 2016

Royal Profile: Princess Leonore of Sweden

Princess Leonore Lilian Maria of Sweden, The Duchess of Gotland was born 20 February 2014 as the first child of Princess Madeleine of Sweden & Mr. Christopher O'Neil {Source}. She has a younger brother{Source}:
  1. Prince Nicolas Paul Gustaf of Sweden, The Duke of Ångermanland (2015)

She was born in the United States, but they celebrated her birth in Sweden anyway! Her birth was celebrated with a 21-gun salute, and a Te Deum Thanksgiving service attended by her maternal grandparents, The Crown Princess Couple, and Prince Carl Philip{Source}. From her birth she was eligible to be part of the Swedish succession, however, to remain in line, she must:

  1. Be commune with the Church of Sweden (Lutheran)
  2. Reside in Sweden at some point during her upbringing
  3. Not marry without the consent of the Government (Article 5) or ascend the throne of another state by election, inheritance or marriage without the consent of the monarch and the Riksdag.

It has been claimed that she is named:
  • Leonore: a name her parents liked after weighing several options. It could also be a nod to previous Swedish Queens (who were named Elenora,and reigned or was consort from 1718-1720,1620-1632,1654-1660,1720-1741).
  • Lilian: for her maternal great aunt, Princess Lilian, The Duchess of Halland who died almost a year to the day before her birth.
  • Maria: for her paternal grandmother, Eva Maria O'Neill.

By technicality, she has no "official" surname, but on her Swedish passport and likely her US birth certificate, her surname is considered Bernadotte O'Neill {Source}. Currently, the little princess is 5th in succession, however with the births of two cousins in March and April 2016 (Crown Princess Victoria's second child and the first child of Prince Carl Philip), she will drop to 7th in succession.

Her christening took place on her parents' first wedding anniversary, and the following were her godparents {Source}:
  1. Crown Princess Victoria (maternal aunt)
  2. Tatjana d'Abo (her paternal half-aunt)
  3. Count Ernst Abensperg und Traun (her paternal half-uncle by marriage)
  4. Mr. Patrick Sommerlath (her maternal first cousin once removed)
  5. Mrs. Alice Bamford (childhood friend of her father)
  6. Ms. Louise Gottlieb(best childhood friend of her mother) 

Although just celebrating her second year of life, she has already undertaken several royal events and holds several honors. At her christening, her grandfather made her a member of the Royal Order of the Seraphim {Source}. She attended Sweden's National Day Open Palace event with her parents in 2014 {Source}. In December 2014, it was announced that her parents were expecting to make her a big sister in 2015 {Source}. In early 2015, she and her parents moved from the United States to Sweden, and she and her mother were registered as Swedish nationals {Source}. In early 2016, the family of four, now including Prince Nicolas, moved their home base to London. In April 2015, she tagged along with her parents and maternal grandmother when they met The Pope in Vatican City{Photo}. Shortly before becoming a big sister, Little Princess Leonore attended the wedding of her maternal uncle with her parents {Photos}. In October 2015, she attended her brother's christening with her parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousin {Photos}. In November 2015, she joined her mother for the opening of the Swedish Christmas Market in London {Photos}.

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