Sunday, 2 March 2014

Service of thanksgiving for Princess Leonore

A service of thanksgiving for the birth of Princess Leonore, Duchess of Gotlandia was held in the Palace Church in Stockholm this afternoon. This is an old tradition in connection with Swedish royal births, but usually the service is held the day after the birth. However, because the Princess was born abroad and the grandparents were expected to travel to New York at the time of the birth the service was postponed until today.
There was a fairly small family turnout. King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia were joined by Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel and Prince Carl Philip in the first row, while the second row was occupied by Count Bertil Bernadotte af Wisborg, a grandson of Prince Oscar Bernadotte (the previous Duke of Gotlandia), Queen Silvia's nephew Patrick Sommerlath and his wife Maline Luego, the King's aunt by marriage, Countess Marianne Bernadotte af Wisborg, and Dagmar von Arbin, who will turn 98 next month and is the granddaughter of Prince Oscar Bernadotte.

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