Bows, babies & bumps: amazing photos from a Swedish royal christening


Over the weekend, the Swedish royal family got together for the big christening of Princess Madeleine’s son Prince Nicolas. Madeleine gave birth to Nicolas just a few days after Prince Carl Philip wed Princess Sofia, and it is my sincere hope that Madeleine gives her body a break after having two babies in very quick succession. It really felt like a baby-themed event too, what with Madeleine’s older sister, Crown Princess Victoria, showing off her very small baby bump. As I’ve been saying, I also think Sofia is knocked up too, she’s just waiting to announce it (perhaps because she doesn’t want to steal Victoria’s thunder).

I used to think Christopher O’Neill (Madeleine’s husband) was kind of a dude, but he seems to really love her and they seem to have moved full-time to Sweden now to raise their children? Someone said something about how they had to come back from living in New York because if they didn’t, their kids wouldn’t be considered royal? Something like that. Anyway, Prince Nicolas looks like a howler, but they say he was pretty quiet during the christening.

Carl Philip was officially named as one of Nicolas’s godfathers, which pleases me. One of the things I’ve never really understood about the way the Cambridges do godparents is that they’ve never selected their siblings for godparent duties. Like, Uncle Harry and Auntie Pippa aren’t godparents. Why do they do that?

As for fashion… the ladies were working some weird headpieces, Sofia especially. When I saw her giant bow, it just made me sad. Plus, she’s doing some kind of Duchess Kate-esque sausage curls. As for Victoria… the color is beautiful, but she looks like a 1960s stewardess. And of course Princess Estelle is adorable!





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  1. Christin says:

    Both ladies have pretty eyes that really pop.

    • Crumpet says:

      And they don’t wear tons of eye makeup trying to make it happen either. Very fresh and pretty.

      • springingforward says:

        Seriously, I hope Celebitchy keeps up with the Swedish royal events. It is a great break from the usual Hollywood crap to see the pageantry and people who genuinely seem to enjoy one another.

      • Trishizle says:

        Agreed. Their makeup looks beautiful. Whoever is doing Sophie’s makeup since she got married is doing a really good job.

    • MsGoblin says:

      What a gorgeous looking group!

  2. Momoko says:

    I liked the bow, looks fresh compared to the weird horrors we have been subjected to, in the past…**side eyes the young British Princesses**

  3. Saywhatwhen says:

    That little fascinator (???) on Sofia’s head is adorable! She looks like she is not trying hard in the dress department and yet her non-try is paying off.

    • Pipa says:


      Different with her own personality. The Swedish royals are gorgeous and even more lovely (even Princess Leonore ‘show’), they seem to like and care for each other.

  4. MP says:

    I think Madeline and Chris are moving/have already moved to London. They were never planning to stay in Sweden for long.

    • hmph says:

      Why London?

    • Linn says:

      Yes, I have heard that Chris had a new Job in London and was preparing their place to live and the Madeleine and the children would join him once the second baby was born.

    • caty1313 says:

      You are quite correct on Madeline and her husband living in London now. That fact is quiet easy to ascertain, come on, it should not have been hard to get the facts correct on where they live now Kaiser. Need to live in Sweden full time to keep her royal status…pffft, ridiculous statement that shows clear lack of knowledge of other european royalty other than the brits.

      • puffinlunde says:

        The Swedish Act of accession states that to remain Royal children must be brought up – or at least educated in Sweden. It has already been reinterpreted once to allow for Leonore not being born in Sweden which was previously a requirement.
        There have been a lot of mutterings in the Swedish press about Madeleine’s family recently as she doesn’t do what is regarded as the minimum level of Royal work (basically attending a few balls) yet wants to retain all the trappings of being royal as well the cost to the Swedish taxpayer of the millions spent on her residences/security that have been rennovated to her requirements in the last decade (as least 3). Plus there was the ugly eviction thing a few years ago where longstanding residents were evicted in a messy proceeding for a house she never lived in as she took off for the USA instead.

    • evermoreOriginalhere says:

      Chris’s job is in London.

      • Pipa says:

        … but beautiful Princess Maddie needs to be in Sweden. The SRF is small compare … and Chris knew he was marrying a Swedish Princess, he needs to commit more to her royal duties/life and live in Sweden (manage his business from there). Don’t believe Chris income is taking care of Maddie and kids.

  5. amara says:

    I think she looks beautiful!

  6. Bishg says:

    The bow is hideous!! No thanks! It ruined an otherwise perfectly appropriate outfit!
    However, all the ladies here look lovely, beautiful and happy.

  7. Jen43 says:

    Sophia looks dowdy, but not pregnant here. They all look genuinely happy , not like anyone is twisting their arms to smile

  8. Jenndreika says:

    I love the Swedish Royals.. They present themselves as a modern royal family and Victoria really seems down to earth and genuine, she hasn’t had the easiest life and has overcame obstacles. . Her smile is an honest one and hooray to them how they put the little ones out there for us to see and not hide them.. All in all, this family is doing well. I wasn’t too thrilled about Sofia at first, thinking she was probably a gold digger but I’ve warmed to her, she’s doing so well.

  9. Zapp Brannigan says:

    Royals who work and look genuinely happy and relaxed together? What sorcery is this?

    Little Princess Estelle looks cute as a bug.

  10. Betti says:

    I like Sofia’s dress and she does the sausage curls better than a certain other Duchess.

    I wish the UK had young royals like the Swedes do.

    • Pipa says:

      The heir POW Line with kids should be out in public, with the people.

      We do see Prince Edward, C/Sophie Wessex and Princess Royal Anne’s ‘Line’ of children with their kids – not together at formal/family events (and only some at Christmas Church)

  11. QQ says:

    Crazy how Madeline is all dad but Victoria is Exclusively mom in the face/coloring , Carl is an even mix of both!

  12. evermoreOriginalhere says:

    I watched the entire Christening LIVE online SVT1 , You can still see it, if you check the site. I think it’s better watching the day after, because they usually edit it for better viewing, highlights.

    The Christening was so sweet and despite the Daily Mail saying Nicolas was quiet, I don’t believe they watch the live coverage at all, because Prince Nicolas cried the entire time. Poor thing went into wails with strangers picking him up and pouring water on his head. I don’t blame him.
    He’s adorable though and Princess Madleine handled things wonderfully.
    Her little daughter Leonor was adorable, she kept going to the center and wanted to see the water in the bowl , she’s a sweetie. Princess Estelle, the wee future Queen was adorable too. I think those two , turned out the Christening in their own toddler party way, doing their own thing. At one point both disappeared , some say they went in one of the other church rooms to play. LOL

    The British Royals should show their Christening’s live, like the European Royals.
    I’ve enjoyed seeing both the Monaco Christening and the Swedish Royal family Christening online, LIVE.

    Princess Victoria , Princess Madeleine, Princess Sophia all looked beautiful imo. Also Sophia’s hair was soft long curl waves, and looked quite pretty in motion, it wasn’t stiff springy doll ringlets just at the ends of her hair, like Kate does.

    • Pipa says:

      Totally Agree; and no nanny was needed inside.
      ‘Toddler party way…’ (mainly Leonore); it seem CP Victoria told future queen (chief babysitter) Princess Estelle, to go get/take busy Leonore out to the aids.

  13. Sunsetsnow says:

    Thank you for this. Not even the sausage curls can take away from Sofia’s smile. The fascination is cute. They all look happy, beautiful, and vibrant. I love that they often wear color instead of sticking to pastels.

  14. Wren33 says:

    I think the rationale of not having siblings as godparents is to bring in more adults to care for the child. Especially if you only have one sibling. That uncle/aunt is already going to be a major figure in that child’s life, and it is a bit different than if you have six siblings and pick one to be the godparent.

    • MonicaQ says:

      Yeah, my mom and grandma named friends as my god parents. I never heard of family being named god parents until I was much older.

    • Sarah says:

      I never saw the point of people picking siblings to be godparents… it seems odd to me!

      Aunty and Uncle already play a special role – having other godparents means you have more important adults in your life. People will disagree of course but for me, having godparents not related to me was excellent – I consider them and my “god brothers” my second family and we grew up very close.

  15. Little Darling says:

    I read this with sleepy eyes and swore it said Brown Babies &Bumps and I was like whaaaaa?

    Need coffee, clearly.

    They all look very close to each other and they all look very happy. So sweet.

  16. lower-case deb says:

    for those who wants to watch the Christening:
    the Scandis sure knows how to balance pomp and family in their events.

    my favorites:
    Baby Leonore telling her uncle not to be stingy with the water.
    Baby Estelle running to Nicolas’s rescue with a pacifier.
    the priests humoring the little children in a “let the children come to me” type way, letting the baby see the water in the basin and adjusting the circumstances to make the family with two little fussy babies not get flustered.

    and a whole family who clearly enjoys being in one another’s company.

    • Blanster says:

      Thanks for posting that link. I enjoyed watching them. They’re all so lovely and seem so happy! And he gets his own little royal sash at the end! I’ve never seen that before.

    • mandyjey says:

      I just love Madeleines whole outfit I’ve always admired her style and taste!
      And Victoria looks so fit even though she’s pregnant! Also love Sofias 70ies dress!
      Overall well done! <3

    • ladyg says:

      Thank you so much for posting that! I’m not religious — nor do I understand Swedish, but holy cow I watched that whole thing! (And really enjoyed when the female minister did a little speech in English — SO LOVELY!) The music was joyful….gah, like these Swedes!

  17. JulieM says:

    Notice how Sophia is already wearing the family order (blue ribbon with the King’s portrait) and she’s still a newlywed. Different royal families will have different customs ,I know. Will Kate show up at the Chinese state dinner with hers? I think Diana got hers about 18 months after marriage. Four years and counting.

    The whole family looks terrific. Glad to see at least one royal family with (seemingly) happy marriages.

  18. Linn says:

    No complaints about the headpieces from me. Both Madeleine and Sofia look good and the color of the dress looks great on Sofia. And could Princess Estelle be more adorable?

  19. Jayna says:

    She has such a beautiful complexion and eyes. I think she looks nice here.

  20. The Original Mia says:

    Sophia’s bow was ridiculous. I hated it and I hated that dress. It was ill-fitting especially with the corset she was wearing under it.

    Victoria looked nice. She definitely is glowing with this pregnancy.

    Estelle & Leonore stole the show as usual. They are adorable.

    Madeleine was exquisite. I loved everything from head to toe. I hope she & Chris are very happy in London away from the scathing Swedish press, who want to break her down to prop CP & Sofia up. Nicolas was wailing away, but calmed when he had his pacifier.

  21. Krishan says:

    I want the colour of Victoria’s dress, looks lush. Sofia’s dress looked a bit tight and I’m not sold on the hair with the bow. I like the colour and style of the dress, though.

    Madeleine looked amazing from head to toe!

    Leonore is adorable and Estelle is such a cutie!

    Silvia…she rarely gets it wrong. Fabulous! Chris’s mom Eva O’Neill looked stylish, too. Great turnout in Sweden.

  22. Mar says:

    I don’t care about Royals one bit honestly but this family looks very nice and good spirited and is giving me positive vibes☺️

  23. Chinoiserie says:

    Sofia does not look pregnant. She might have just gained a couple of pounds after wedding since she probbaly dieted before. The bow looks cute. I did not care for Madeleine’s dress much but she still loved lovely.

  24. BooBooLaRue says:

    I vow to follow none but the Swedish Royals from here on out. Lovely.

  25. Sarah01 says:

    Thank you Lower case – Deb for posting the link, I really enjoyed watching it. The young royals are so adorable and everyone looked relaxed and happy.

  26. Anna says:

    Madeleine looks stunning!

  27. antipodean says:

    That is definitely a pregnant bosom on Sofia, mazel tov to her. I simply can’t with Christopher O’Neill however. He just looks so oleaginous and smarmy. Gives me the creeps. Does anyone else see it? No? Just me then. I do wish them every happiness though, and that little prince is delicious.

    • bluhare says:

      Not just you.

    • mandyjey says:

      Love Madeleine and she was THE most sought after girl in Sweden and she ended up with Chris? He seems like a complete douche with alcoholproblems, I’m sorry but that’s thats how many feel- Hopefully he is stepping up and caring for her and the kids, but he really gives me Earnst-August of Hannover vibes!! (Married to Caroline of Monaco)

      I think that a woman of the caliber, beauty and ancestry like Madeleine and Caroline of Monaco for example, really have a hard time finding a nice enough man if you get what I’m saying…

  28. Amy M. says:

    Chris and Madeleine moved to London earlier this year. They did live in NYC for a bit (it’s where Princess Leonor was born so technically she could be a US citizen if she wanted) but he got a new job in London earlier this year. He is a British citizen and he refused a royal title when they got married so he could continue to work. London is way closer to Sweden too so it works out easier for them anyways so the move makes sense.

    Estelle is such a mini Daniel it’s so cute. And the whole entire family is ridiculously good looking.

  29. AtlLady says:

    Prince Daniel is the one who fascinates me. He wears his clothes well and the dark rimmed glasses give him a slight air of sophistication. He knows his role shall always be secondary to hers but that doesn’t mean he can’t be popular with her subjects. He wasn’t universally accepted in the beginning. In one of the photos, you can see him in the background straightening Estelle’s outfit. Something in his countenance leads me to believe he is content.

    • Tiffany says:

      Daniel knew what the deal was and what life will be for him going forward. I also never understood the hatred he got either. I think it was a little of CG being pissed that CP would not be second in line. The other the public thinking he would not be good enough for Victoria ( the man owned a line of fitness centers). I always liked them.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        I think Daniel has been incredibly good for Victoria! I get the feeling that he’s her rock, the one that keeps her strong and centered. He also seems to be a great father and I’m really happy that Estelle is getting a brother or sister.

  30. Laura says:

    Beautiful family. They obviously enjoy one another, and are not afraid to share their happiness with the public. What a wonderful Royal Family!

  31. Reece says:

    Idk, I like the bow. Its not a Minnie Mouse bow. Its a fashion bow. Its not uber matchy matchy like some British ladies, where they look like rejected brides maids.
    In fact they all look very good!

  32. wedges4eva says:

    …just comparing…I look at Sophia and see…sausage curls and the need for a better hair stylist…plus if ever a woman is dressed 20 years older than her age…with support hose and bog standard court shoes..a big wonderful change for Ms S…

  33. TotallyBiased says:

    Love that, if you look VERY very closely, you can see the weighting in the hemline. How to keep it classy!

  34. Cidey says:

    Let’s face it, this crowd puts the Windsors to shame. Bow and all, they’re still boatloads classier than the English royals! Princess Estelle is EVERYTHING. Maybe she and George can have a sweet little arranged marriage.

  35. aquarius64 says:

    Madeleine, Victoria, Silvia, Estelle and Leonore were hits in their dresses. Sofia was not.

    Sofia’s dress was not only matronly but too tight. She had a girdle under the dress and it showed. The bow fascinator was wrong in color and for the age of the wearer, The hair down made the whole look wrong.

    Sofia has been hit and miss in her fashions. Some were good, some were bad. An event she did was a visit to a church that scandalized people for being inappropriate (too tight and the color beige aka nude) but the press compared Sofia’s look that day to an outfit KIM KARDASHIAN has worn in the past. Considering how the royal family has worked to present Sofia to the world, that’s not good.

    As for the bump watch on Sofia, I wouldn’t be so sure because of the girdle. Plus Carl Philip is on record not wanting to start a family now; he wants to wait. In the end of the day that’s what counts the most – if THEY want to have a child now.

  36. Virginia says:

    Love her, love them, love that they all seem like ladies who embrace their natural beauty!

  37. kibbles says:

    The Swedish royals are more interesting and better looking than the British royals. Other than Prince Harry, I don’t have much interest in anyone else. Duchess Kate is now the poor man’s Princess Sophia. They both have similar looks and body types, but Princess Sophia is much better at styling and looks more exuberant and confident in public. Would rather see more photos of Sophia than Kate at this point.

  38. Fallon says:

    More coverage of the Swedish royals, please! Loved this post. Refreshing.