A new baby prince & other royal news from Sweden

It’s been far too long since a proper royal update, and for that I am truly sorry. Sadly, this is merely a side hobby, and real life obligations take precedence. Le sigh. But I’m here now, so let’s get on with it, shall we? 

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Sweden’s Prince Carl Philip & Princess Sofia welcomed a sweet baby boy to their family of three! I have to admit, I love the low-key approach they take to presenting him to the world. The Swedish royals are just so… relatable? (As much as one can relate to a royal family. 😉 )  The name of the new baby has yet to be revealed.

Princess Madeleine Baby Announcement

In other exciting Swedish family news… Princess Madeleine revealed on her Facebook that she & Chris are expecting baby no. 3! I love how she communicates directly with everyone on Facebook. I wonder if Kate will someday do the same… (highly doubtful, but a gal can dream).

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The Christening of Prince Oscar of Sweden (In Photos)

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The Prince was christened Oscar Carl Olof

People magazine writes:

One of Sweden’s newest little princes, H.R.H. Prince Oscar Carl Olof, was baptized with royal pomp and ceremony at a service held at Stockholm’s Royal Palace Chapel on Friday.

The only son of Crown Princess Victoria, 38, and her husband Prince Daniel, 42, Prince Oscar, who was born on March 2, is third in the line of succession to the Swedish throne, after both his mother and his elder sister Princess Estelle.

During the service, Prince Oscar was wrapped in the family heirloom christening gown previously worn by his uncle and grandfather: It dates back to Prince Oscar’s forebears in the early 20th century.
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Following Bernadotte family tradition, Oscar’s name will be embroidered into the lining of the satin woven silk cape, alongside the names of previous wearers including the current King Carl XVI Gustaf and, most recently, nearly 1-year-old Prince Nicolas.

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How do the Swedish Royals always look so incredibly stylish while also seeming super down to Earth? I have a feeling CP Victoria and Princess Madeleine would be wildly fun to have as friends…

Also, Princess Madeleine also posted this on her Facebook page last night and it absolutely melted my heart. I grew up with my cousins and will forever consider them to be some of my best friends, so this struck an especially close chord for me.princess-madeleine-435.jpg

The Christening of Prince Nicolas of Sweden (In Photos)

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The Prince was christened Nicolas Paul Gustaf

People magazine writes:

When it comes to royal christenings, Princess Charlotte may have some competition.

Sweden’s newest little prince, H.R.H. Prince Nicolas Paul Gustaf, Duke of Angermanland, was baptized in royal splendor at the Royal Chapel in the Drottningholm Palace, Stockholm, on Sunday.

Nicolas, the son of Princess Madeleine, 33, and her British-American husband Christopher O’Neill, 41, was born on June 15, only a few days after his parents attended the royal wedding for Madeleine’s older brother Prince Carl Philip. Nicolas’ connection to his uncle will be further cemented at the christening, as Carl Philip is set to serve as his godfather. The handsome prince is no stranger to godfather duty – he is already one to Nicolas’ cousin Princess Estelle.

Much like the British royal family, the Swedes have christening traditions of their own. Nicolas wore a christening gown that had previously been worn by Carl Philip during his christening in 1979.

Nicolas’ christening marks the third major royal baptism of this year. Monaco’s royal twins, Gabriella ThĂ©rĂ©se Marie and Jacques HonorĂ© Rainier Grimaldi, were christened in May, while Prince William and Princess Kate‘s daughter was baptized in July.

As with Charlotte’s christening, Nicolas’ elder sibling, 19-month-old Princess Leonore, stole the show.

Can we just take a minute to talk about how STUNNING Princess Madeleine looks? She exudes happiness and it’s absolutely wonderful to see.

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On a gossip note: It seems that Emma Pernald, Prince Carl Philip’s ex before Sofia was invited to be a guest, seeing as how she’s one of Madeleine’s best friends, but was asked not to attend at the request of Carl Philip and Sofia? So many questions, so little time. I can kind of see that happening. But I don’t know, do Carl Philip and Sofia really have that much power?

Crown Princely Couple of Sweden expecting baby no. 2!

Crown Princess Victoria PregnantWhen I read the news last Saturday, I squealed with joy.

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Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel seem like absolutely doting parents with Princess Estelle, and I’m sure she will be an enthusiastic big sister, to say the least!

Congrats to them, congrats to Sweden!

My royal sources are suggesting Princess Sofia may be expecting as well… I think that’s pretty plausible. (Far more believable than Kate being pregnant with baby no. 3, as lots of US mags are speculating.)

My Swedish Royal Wedding Adventure: Pt. I

Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 10.58.50When I moved back to Germany last October, I made a vow (pun intended) to myself that I would make it to a royal wedding, and lucky for me a longtime blog friend who lives in Stockholm kindly offered to host me. So, back in January I submitted my vacation requests for the summer—shoutout to Germany’s generous allotment of vacation days, 28 for me per year! My coworkers laughed it off, they couldn’t believe i was literally going to Stockholm to see the Swedish wedding.

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Side note: Hey to all my coworkers reading this right now. 😉 So glad that this little blog made its rounds through the office mail (HA!) I’m only a little bit embarrassed, except not in the least.

Two months ago I bought my tickets to Sweden and that was that.

I arrived in Sweden last Thursday and immediately fell in love with everything. And then I met my longtime blog friend and she gifted me the plates shown above. I screamed with joy.

These plates are a big deal to me on so many levels, first of which, HELLO, ROYAL MEMORABILIA. Secondly, I just moved into my very own first-all-mine apartment and have approximately no things. These plates are my first grown-up-household-gift. And lastly, I’m so flattered that my friend would bestow them to me, I’ll have them forever, and forever be thankful for her kind gesture.

So after I came down (actually, I’ll probably never fully recover) from my initial Sweden high, I had a lot of preparing to do for the wedding. And by that I mean I had to figure out where to go and how to get there and the best place to stand. Which really only took 20 minutes of research in reality. But let’s pretend like I had a room with pictures and articles posted all over the walls with strings connecting them all like I made this into a proper operation. (Or maybe not, because that image sounds a bit too real and a bit like I’m a nutcase.)

Really I was bumming wifi off the neighborhood coffee shop trying to sift through Swedish news sites for any info. But that’s neither here, nor there…

Happy New Year! — And Happy News For Princess Madeleine

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I literally screeched when I saw the news that Princess Madeleine and her husband are expecting. I was far more excited than I was upon hearing Kate’s pregnancy — not that I’m not excited for Kate, I’m really happy for her! — but I really love Madeleine and I know how much she has gone through the past few years, so it’s great to see her genuinely happy. But I do feel a bit for Crown Princess Victoria, especially if she is trying for a baby, as well. We will see!

New Year, New Royal News

I didn’t want to muck this post up with the recent royal scandal, but I will write more about that in the next few posts, but let’s keep this post happy and fresh! It’s a new year, after all!

So cheers to a new year! I hope it’s great for you and yours!