Princess Leonore
Princess of Sweden
The Duchess of Götland

Full name
Leonore Lilian Maria Bernadotte
House House of Bernadotte
Father Christopher O'Neill
Mother Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland
Born 20 February 2014 (2014-02-20) (age 4)
Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York City, New York, United States
Religion Church of Sweden
Princess Leonore of Sweden and The Duchess of Götland (Leonore Lilian Maria Bernadotte; born 20 February 2014) is the elder daughter and eldest child of Mr Christopher O'Neill and Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland.

As of March 2018, Princess Leonore is currently fifteen-in-line to succeed the Swedish throne.

Birth and life Edit

Leonore was born at 22:41 Eastern Time on 20 February 2014 at New York's Weill Cornell Medical Center, United States. She is the daughter of Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland and her husband, Christopher O'Neill.

A 21-gun salute was fired in Stockholm to celebrate her birth.Prior to her birth it was announced that any prospective children of Princess Madeleine would be styled Royal Highness and enter the line of succession. However, in order to be eligible to ascend, Leonore must be brought up as a member of the Church of Sweden and reside in Sweden during her upbringing. Apart from Swedish citizenship, Princess Leonore also holds American citizenship through her American-British father.

Her name and titles were revealed when her grandfather, Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, met with the cabinet on 26 February 2014. Her first name was chosen by her parents as one that they both liked very much after considering a very large number of other names. It has been used previously by four Swedish queens, but then only in full as Eleonora. Her middle names honour her great-grandaunt Princess Lilian, Duchess of Halland, and her paternal grandmother. Leonore was registered with the surname Bernadotte in the Swedish registry. A Te Deum thanksgiving service was held in the Royal Chapel at Stockholm Palace on 2 March 2014 to celebrate her birth

Christening Edit

Princess Leonore was christened at the age of four months on 8 June 2014 (the first anniversary of her parents' wedding) in the Royal Chapel of Drottningholm Palace into the Lutheran faith by Anders Wejryd, the Archbishop of Sweden.

Her godparents were:

  • Crown Princess Victoria, her maternal aunt
  • Mrs Tatjana d'Abo, her paternal aunt
  • Count Ernst Abensperg und Traun, husband of her paternal aunt
  • Mr Patrick Sommerlath, her mother's first cousin
  • Mrs Alice Bamford and Miss Louise Gottlieb, friends of her parents

She was christened in the family's antique christening gown which was first worn by Prince Gustaf Adolf when he was christened in 1906. Her name and date of christening was added in embroidery to the gown.