Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland

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Princess Madeleine
Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland
Princess Madeleine of Sweden 20 2013.jpg
Princess Madeleine on her wedding day, 8 June 2013
Spouse Christopher O'Neill
Issue
Princess Leonore, Duchess of Gotland
Full name
Madeleine Thérèse Amelie Josephine
House House of Bernadotte (by birth)
O'Neill family (by marriage)
Father King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden
Mother Queen Silvia of Sweden
Born (1982-06-10) 10 June 1982 (age 31)
Drottningholm Palace, Drottningholm, 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 of Hohenzollern

Princess Madeleine of Sweden, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland (Madeleine Thérèse Amelie Josephine;[1] born 10 June 1982), is the youngest child and second daughter 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, she became fourth in line of succession.

Early life[edit]

Madeleine was born on 10 June 1982 at 7.05pm 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 grandfather Walther Sommerlath, her father's paternal cousin Princess Benedikte of Denmark, and her paternal aunt Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson.[3]

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, is in honour of her ancestress Josephine of Leuchtenberg, the stepgranddaughter of Napoleon I.

Education[edit]

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[edit]

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'.

Charity work[edit]

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.[5] In 2006, she interned for UNICEF for six months in New York City and worked for the division of Child Protective Services.[4]

Royal duties[edit]

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.[6] 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.[7]

Personal life[edit]

On 11 August 2009, Princess Madeleine announced her engagement to her boyfriend since 2002, lawyer Jonas Bergström (b. 1979).[8][9] 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.[8]

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".[10] 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.[11]

After her relationship with Bergström ended, the Princess moved to New York City, where she is working 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.[12]

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

Their first child Princess Leonore, Duchess of Gotland was born in New York City on 20 February 2014.[15]

Popularity[edit]

In 2008, Madeleine was included as 12th on the list of the "The 20 Hottest Young Royals" as compiled by Forbes Magazine.[16]

In 2010, she came in 3rd of the "10 Hottest Young Royals of 2010" in a list composed by the website PopCrunch.[17]

She was listed in 2011 among CEOWORLD magazine's Hottest Royal Women.[18]

In 2011, Princess Madeleine came in 7th place on the list of most beautiful royal women of all times conducted by BeautifulPeople.com.[19]

Titles, styles, and honours[edit]

Madeleine's monogram
Madeleine's coat of arms

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

Swedish honours[edit]

Foreign honours[edit]

Ancestry[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ H.K.H. Prinsessan Madeleine - Sveriges Kungahus. Kungahuset.se. Retrieved on 2014-02-02.
  2. ^ Udo Sponberg udo.sponberg@gp.se. "Och så ska det gå till ... - Sverige - Göteborgs-Posten" (in (Swedish)). Gp.se. Retrieved 2014-01-19. 
  3. ^ a b c d (Swedish) Biografi
  4. ^ a b c Princess Madeleine profile: news, photos, style, videos and more – HELLO! Online. Hellomagazine.com (1982-06-10). Retrieved on 2014-02-02.
  5. ^ (Swedish) Beskyddarskap
  6. ^ (Swedish) Engagemang
  7. ^ "John Lane's Notes on Music". Weeklypress.com. Retrieved 2014-01-19. 
  8. ^ a b "Engagement between Princess Madeleine and Mr. Jonas Bergström" (Press release). Royal Court of Sweden. 11 August 2009. Retrieved 19 June 2010. 
  9. ^ "Sweden's Princess Madeleine gets engaged". Reuters. 11 August 2009. Retrieved 19 June 2010. 
  10. ^ Sandberg, Mattias (13 April 2010). "Silvia: Inget bröllop – i år". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 19 June 2010. 
  11. ^ "Princess Madeleine breaks up with fiancé". The Local. 24 April 2010. Retrieved 19 June 2010. 
  12. ^ http://www.youtube.com/v/b5pcpvp7pEA&fs=1&source=uds/
  13. ^ "SWEDISH PRINCESS TO MARRY NEXT JUNE". Associated Press. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  14. ^ "The Royal Couturier: Princess Madeleine's Wedding Gown!". Theroyalcouturier.blogspot.com. 2013-06-08. Retrieved 2014-01-19. 
  15. ^ http://www.kungahuset.se/royalcourt/royalfamily/latestnews/latestnews/announcementfromthemarshaloftherealm.5.19aaa1d3143e3582c02ad3.html
  16. ^ Streib, Lauren (27 May 2008). "The 20 Hottest Young Royals – 12. Princess Madeline". Forbes. Retrieved 19 June 2010. 
  17. ^ 10 Hottest Young Royals of 2010. Popcrunch.com (2010-04-29). Retrieved on 2014-02-02.
  18. ^ "Hottest Royal Women". CEOWORLD magazine. 15 May 2011. 
  19. ^ [1][dead link]
  20. ^ 50Th Anniversary Of King Carl Gustav Of Sweden… Fotografía de noticias | Getty Images España | 115116367. Gettyimages.es (1996-04-30). Retrieved on 2014-02-02.
  21. ^ (Spanish) Fotografía 66060 Europapress - Chance. Europapress.es. Retrieved on 2014-02-02.
  22. ^ State visit of Lula da Silva in 2007, ANP Photo, Madeleine wearing the order
  23. ^ (Portuguese) Insígnias da Ordem de Rio Branco —. Itamaraty.gov.br. Retrieved on 2014-02-02.
  24. ^ DOU 06/09/2007 - Pg. 7 - Seção 1 | Diário Oficial da União | Diários JusBrasil. Jusbrasil.com.br. Retrieved on 2014-02-02.
  25. ^ State Visit from Germany to Sweden; May 20-22, 2003. The Royal Forums. Retrieved on 2014-02-02.
  26. ^ http://cdn.theroyalforums.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=6531&d=1053476903
  27. ^ State visit of Jordan in Sweden (2003), Photo of Prince Carl Philip with Princess Madeleine, both wearing the order
  28. ^ State visit of Jordan in Sweden (2003), Photo of Princess Liliane with Carl Philip, Madeleine & Victoria
  29. ^ State visit of Latvia in Sweden (2005), Gala dinner, Madeleine's photo
  30. ^ Galamiddag på Kungliga slottet - Sveriges Kungahus. Kungahuset.se. Retrieved on 2014-02-02.
  31. ^ Visite d´Etat en Suède - Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg - Avril 2008. Monarchie.lu (2008-04-15). Retrieved on 2014-02-02.
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  34. ^ Princess Madeleine of Sweden - 2005-09-14 State visit from Malaysia/11-05091435. Madeleine-sweden.com. Retrieved on 2014-02-02.
  35. ^ "Tildelinger av ordener og medaljer". kongehuset.no. Retrieved 2014-01-19. 
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  38. ^ ODM of the Republic of Romania: Order of Faithful Service. Medals.org.uk. Retrieved on 2014-02-02.

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Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland
Born: 10 June 1982
Lines of succession
Preceded by
Prince Carl Philip
Line of succession to the Swedish throne
4th position
Succeeded by
Princess Leonore