08 December 2014

Princess Madeleine

Apparently I still have a lot of pics of Princess Madeleine of Sweden that I haven't posted. Enjoy!

Madeleine was born on 10 June 1982 at Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm County and is a member of the Swedish Royal Family which belongs to the House of Bernadotte.

Princess Madeleine at her engagement to Christopher O'Neill, 2012.
Madeleine is fourth in line of succession to the Swedish throne (behind her sister, Crown Princess Victoria; her niece, Princess Estelle, and her brother, Prince Carl Philip). Her fourth name, Josephine, honours her ancestor Josephine of Leuchtenberg.

Princess Madeleine at her engagement to Christopher O'Neill, 2012.

On 11 August 2009, Princess Madeleine announced her engagement to her boyfriend since 2002, lawyer Jonas Bergström (b. 1979). The Princess said in her engagement interview that they became engaged in Capri in early June 2009. An engagement dinner took place on the engagement day in Solliden Palace on Öland. The engagement could only take place after Bergström had been awarded the official approval of the Swedish Cabinet Regeringen and that had been communicated to her father, the King.

 It had been announced in 2009 that after the wedding, Bergström was to be referred to as Duke of Hälsingland and Gästrikland to correspond with Madeleine's title.  The wedding was originally to take place in the second half of 2010 but was postponed due to "many things happening in an intense period of time", mainly her sister Victoria's wedding in June. Despite rumours of relationship issues, Queen Silvia stated in April 2010 that the couple was "fine" and that everything was "okay". 

Crown Princess Victoria, Princess Madeleine, and Prince Carl Philip at a Nobel Prize ceremony.

However, media reporting of the relationship issues escalated, and on 24 April 2010 it was announced that the wedding would not be going ahead, and the engagement was broken off. After her relationship with Bergström ended, the Princess moved to New York City, where she is working for the World Childhood Foundation, the organization that her mother co-founded. On 25 October 2012, the Swedish Royal Court announced her engagement with the financier Christopher O'Neill 

 On 23 December 2012, the royal family announced that Princess Madeleine's wedding would take place on 8 June 2013, at the Royal Palace chapel in Stockholm. Members of various royal families attended the wedding, and Princess Madeleine wore a Valentino Haute Couture wedding gown.

Madeleine at her engagement to Christopher O'Neill.

Their daughter Princess Leonore, Duchess of Gotland was born in New York City on 20 February 2014. Prior to the birth, Madeleine had announced on her Facebook page that she would be unable to travel to Stockholm for the Nobel Prize ceremony due to her pregnancy and also mentioned that she was expecting a girl.

Madeleine at her engagement to Christopher O'Neill.

Madeleine at her engagement to Christopher O'Neill.

Biography info courtesy of Wikipedia.com

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