What better way to return after a hiatus than with a royal christening.
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Princess Leonore, Duchess of Gotland was christened yesterday, almost exactly a year after her parents Princess Madeleine and Christopher O'Neill were married.
Princess Leonore was baptised in the Royal Chapel at Drottningholm Palace outside of Stockholm. Born on 20 February in New York, she is the second grandchild of Queen Silvia and King Carl XVI Gustaf, following Princess Estelle, the two-year-old daughter of Madeleine's older sister Crown Princess Victoria.
150 guests were in attendance - mostly family and friends - including six godparents. Crown Princess Victoria, Ms Louise Gottlieb, Madeleine's best friend, Patrick Sommerlath, Madeleine's cousin, Tatjana D'Abo, Chris's half sister, Count Ernst Abensperg und Traun, Chris' brother in law and Alice Bamford, Chris' childhood friend.
Proud father Chris gave a short address at the start of the address asking God to "bring love to the child". Victoria was then tasked with pouring water into the font, which was used to baptise Princess Leonore. The water had come especially from a special spring in Öland, a large Swedish island located in the Baltic Sea.
The forty-minute christening was conducted in English and Swedish. Archbishop Anders Wejryd baptised her and said, "We welcome you into the family of God and receive you in love", as Chris cradled her in his arms.
Princess Estelle inside the chapel.
Princess Leonore's christening gown was first worn by Prince Gustaf Adolf when he was christened in 1906. The gown was also worn by Princess Victoria, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Madeleine, and most recently Princess Estelle.
After the christening service, guests enjoyed a reception in the Ehrenstrahl Hall followed by a private lunch hosted by the King and Queen.
Lobster-filled pickled apple cannelloni, Norway lobster panna cotta, trout roe and smoked dill crème
Lemon thyme-stuffed chicken breast, confit of chicken leg, potato and asparagus terrine, garden sorrel sauce, tomato and asparagus tips
Summer trio of rhubarb and strawberries
The table decorations.
Princess Leonore's coat of arms and her monogram.
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Moving on to the royals' sartorial choices today and what a fabulous selection there was. Princess Madeleine chose a dress by Valentino, her wedding gown designer.
The Cotton-Blend Pink Lace Dress is a short-sleeved garment with a flared skirt. The scallop borders highlight the lace's characteristics and its delicate floral pattern. The dress is lined in georgette and doubled in organza with two side pockets featuring organza pocket bags. It originally retailed for £2,035 at My Theresa. It's a gorgeous, feminine, lady-like piece and so very Madeleine.
Crown Princess Victoria was also pretty in pink and selected a dramatic Philip Treacy headpiece for the event.
Victoria chose the Belted Jacquard Dress by Dolce & Gabbana. This dress is simply beautiful and oh-so-feminine. The baby pink design is nipped at the waist with a crystal embellished belt and is fully lined in smooth silk. It currently retails at Net-A-Porter for €1,450.
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Coincidentally, the dress was just worn by Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece at the Derby. I glanced past it whilst reading an article about the day and recall thinking it was such a regal looking dress. Did you prefer it on Victoria or Marie-Chantal?
And we can't forget about Princess Estelle, whose dress might look familiar to seasoned royal watchers (in fact, it was first noted by the wonderful Order of Splendor). It was worn by her mother, Crown Princess Victoria in 1980. Such a lovely occasion to bring this dress back and as always Estelle looked adorable.
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It was a splendid christening.