Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland
|Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland|
Princess Madeleine on her wedding day, 8 June 2013
|House||House of Bernadotte|
|Father||King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden|
|Mother||Queen Silvia of Sweden|
10 June 1982 |
Drottningholm Palace, Drottningholm, Sweden
|Religion||Church of Sweden|
|Swedish Royal Family|
Princess Madeleine of Sweden, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland (Madeleine Thérèse Amelie Josephine; 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.
Princess Madeleine is married to British-born American businessman Christopher O'Neill. The couple have a daughter Princess Leonore, Duchess of Gotland, and are currently expecting their second child, due in 2015.
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.
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.
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.
During the autumn of 2001, the Princess lived in London where she studied English. In the spring of 2002, she took a basic module in Introduction to Swedish Law and studied for the European Computer Driving Licence. 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. 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.
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". 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'.
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. 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.
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. In 2006, she interned for UNICEF for six months in New York City and worked for the division of Child Protective Services. 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. 
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". 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 organisation that her mother co-founded. On 25 October 2012, the Swedish Royal Court announced her engagement with the financier Christopher O'Neill.
Marriage and family
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. 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.
On 19 December 2014, it was announced that the princess and her husband are expecting their second child, due to be born in the summer 2015.
In 2010, she came in 3rd of the "10 Hottest Young Royals of 2010" in a list composed by the website PopCrunch.
She was listed in 2011 among CEOWORLD magazine's Hottest Royal Women.
In 2011, Princess Madeleine came in 7th place on the list of most beautiful royal women of all times conducted by BeautifulPeople.com.
Titles, styles, and honours
Madeleine is styled as: Her Royal Highness Princess Madeleine of Sweden, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland
- Sweden :
- Member of the Royal Order of the Seraphim
- Royal Family Order of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden
- HM King Carl XVI Gustaf 50th Anniversary Medal (30 April 1996)
- Commemorative Ruby Jubilee Medal of His Majesty The King (15 September 2013)
- Commemorative Medal of The Wedding of Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, and Daniel Westling (19 June 2010) 
- Brazil : Grand Cross of the Order of Rio Branco (2007) 
- Germany : Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (2003), State visit of President Johannes Rau in Sweden in 2003
- Jordan : Grand Cordon of the Order of the Star of Jordan (2003) 
- Latvia : Grand Officer of the Order of the Three Stars (2005) 
- Luxembourg : Grand Cross of the Order of Adolphe of Nassau (04/2008)
- Malaysia : Commander of the Order of Loyalty to the Crown of Malaysia (P.S.M. - 2005)
- Norway : Grand Cross of the Order of Saint Olav (01/09/2005) 
- Romania : Grand Cross of Order of Faithful Service (2008) 
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Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and GästriklandBorn: 10 June 1982
|Lines of succession|
Prince Carl Philip
|Line of succession to the Swedish throne