Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland

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Princess Madeleine
Princess of Sweden
Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland
Princess Madeleine of Sweden 20 2013.jpg
Princess Madeleine on her wedding day, 8 June 2013
Born (1982-06-10) 10 June 1982 (age 40)
Drottningholm Palace, Drottningholm, Sweden
Spouse Christopher O'Neill (m. 2013)
Issue Princess Leonore, Duchess of Gotland
Prince Nicolas, Duke of Ångermanland
Full name
Madeleine Thérèse Amelie Josephine
House Bernadotte
Father King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden
Mother Queen Silvia of Sweden
Religion Church of Sweden
Swedish Royal Family
Greater coat of arms of Sweden (without ermine mantling).svg

HM The King
HM The Queen


HRH Princess Birgitta

Princess Madeleine of Sweden, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland (Madeleine Thérèse Amelie Josephine;[1] born 10 June 1982), is the second daughter and youngest child of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden. Upon her birth, she was third in line of succession to the Swedish throne. After the birth of her niece, Princess Estelle, in February 2012, and she became fourth in line of succession. She is currently sixth in the line of succession following the birth of her nephew in April 2016.

Princess Madeleine is married to British-born American financier Christopher O'Neill. The couple has two children, a daughter, Princess Leonore, and a son, Prince Nicolas.

Early life

Madeleine was born on 10 June 1982 at 19.05 CEST[2] in Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm County and is a member of the Swedish Royal Family which belongs to the House of Bernadotte.[3]

Madeleine was christened at The Royal Palace Church on 31 August 1982, her godparents being her father's maternal cousin the Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, her maternal uncle Walther L. Sommerlath, her father's paternal cousin Princess Benedikte of Denmark, and her paternal aunt Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson.[3]

Madeleine is sixth in line of succession to the Swedish throne (behind her sister, Crown Princess Victoria; her niece, Princess Estelle, her nephew Prince Oscar, her brother, Prince Carl Philip and her nephew Prince Alexander. Her fourth name, Josephine honours her ancestor Josephine of Leuchtenberg.

Education

From 1985–1989, the Princess began her education at Västerled Parish Pre-School. In the autumn of 1989, she entered Smedslättsskolan in Bromma, attending at the junior level. For the intermediate level, the Princess proceeded to Carlssons School in Stockholm, and then went on to Enskilda Gymnasiet in Stockholm, which she attended at the senior level. She also completed upper secondary school at Enskilda, from which she graduated in 2001.[4]

During the autumn of 2001, the Princess lived in London where she studied English.[3] In the spring of 2002, she took a basic module in Introduction to Swedish Law and studied for the European Computer Driving Licence.[3] In January 2003, the Princess enrolled at the Stockholm University where she began studies in art history. She took 60 Swedish academic units in this subject (two semesters). In the autumn of 2004, the Princess began a course in ethnology at the same university. She speaks English, German and Swedish fluently, and also intermediate level French.[citation needed] She graduated 23 January 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in art history, ethnology and modern history. During 2007, she studied child psychology at University of Stockholm.

Leisure pursuits

Princess Madeleine is an enthusiastic equestrian. For many years, she owned several horses of her own (they were stabled at the Royal Mews) and also competed in showjumping under the name "Anna Svensson".[4] She also enjoys skiing, and is very interested in the cultural world, particularly theatre, dance and art. In recognition of her age of majority in 2001, a scholarship fund was created in her name by the Gävleborg province, which comprises her duchies of Hälsingland and Gästrikland. It encourages and supports young people involved in horse riding. In 2001, Princess Madeleine first distributed such awards as 'Pony Rider of the Year with trainer in Gävleborg' and 'Gold Rider'.

Royal duties

Madeleine handing the Göran Gustafsson Prize to Johan Elf in 2010.

The Princess undertakes royal duties on behalf of her father and the people of Sweden. Her duties include the celebrations of Sweden's National Day, the King's and Crown Princess's birthdays, the Nobel festivities, dinners and state visits with other members of the royal family.[5] The Princess represented Sweden at the opening of the New Sweden Gallery on 5 June 2011, at the American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania which features an animated map of the New Sweden settlement by Sean Moir.[6]

Charity work

The Princess is the patron of the organisation Min Stora Dag (the Swedish equivalent of Make-A-Wish Foundation, more commonly known as My Big Day, (its translation into English). She is also affiliated with Europa Nostra, Carl Johan-League and the Royal Motorboat Club.[7] In 2006, she interned for UNICEF for six months in New York City and worked for the division of Child Protective Services.[4] In 2012, the Princess Co-Founded the ThankYou by Childhood campaign which works to raise awareness of the issues surrounding the sexual abuse of children and the work the World Childhood Foundation does to prevent it.[8]

Personal life

On 11 August 2009, Princess Madeleine announced her engagement to her boyfriend since 2002, lawyer Jonas Bergström (b. 1979).[9][10] 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.[9]

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 due 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".[11] 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.[12] After her relationship with Bergström ended, the Princess moved to New York City, where she worked for the World Childhood Foundation, the organisation that her mother co-founded. On 25 October 2012, the Swedish Royal Court announced her engagement with the financier Christopher O'Neill.[13]

Marriage

Princess Madeleine and Christopher O'Neill following their wedding.

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.[14] Members of various royal families attended the wedding, and Princess Madeleine wore a Valentino Haute Couture wedding gown.[15]

Motherhood and children

In September 2013, Princess Madeleine and her husband Christopher announced they were expecting their first child.[16] Their daughter Princess Leonore was born in New York City on 20 February 2014.[17] 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.[18]

On 19 December 2014, it was announced that the princess and her husband were expecting their second child, and their son, Prince Nicolas, was born in Stockholm on 15 June 2015.[19][20] In February 2015, the Swedish Royal Court announced that Madeleine and her family had moved to Sweden from New York.[21]

Popularity

In 2008, Madeleine was included as 12th on the list of the "The 20 Hottest Young Royals" as compiled by Forbes magazine.[22]

In 2010, she came in 3rd of the "10 Hottest Young Royals of 2010" in a list composed by the website PopCrunch.[23]

She was listed in 2011 among CEOWorld Magazine's Hottest Royal Women.[24]

In 2011, Princess Madeleine came in 7th place on the list of most beautiful royal women of all times conducted by BeautifulPeople.com.[25]

Title, styles and honours

Princess Madeleine's coat of arms.
Royal monogram

Title

Madeleine is styled as:Her Royal Highness Princess Madeleine of Sweden, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland.

Honours

Swedish honours

See also List of honours of the Swedish Royal Family by country

Foreign honours

Ancestry

See also

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Born: 10 June 1982
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