Princess Leonore, Duchess of Gotland

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Princess Leonore
Princess of Sweden
Duchess of Gotland
Madeleine of Sweden & Christopher O'Neill-6.jpg
Leonore with her parents in Stockholm on 6 June 2014
Full name
Leonore Lilian Maria
House House of Bernadotte
Father Christopher O'Neill
Mother Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland
Born (2014-02-20)20 February 2014 (age &&&&&&&&&&&&05001 year 4 months)
Weill Cornell Medical College, New York City, New York, USA
Religion Baptised in the Church of Sweden
Swedish Royal Family
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HM The King
HM The Queen

HRH Princess Birgitta

Princess Leonore, Duchess of Gotland (Leonore Lilian Maria Bernadotte;[1] born 20 February 2014), is the first child of Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland and Christopher O'Neill. She is a member of the Swedish Royal Family and is fifth in the line of succession to the Swedish throne.


Leonore was born at 22:41 Eastern Time on 20 February 2014.[2] The birth took place at New York's Weill Cornell Medical Center, United States[3][4][5] with her father present.[6] A 21-gun salute was fired in Stockholm to celebrate her birth.[7] Prior to her birth it was announced that any prospective children of Princess Madeleine would be styled Royal Highness and enter the line of succession.[8][9] However, in order to be eligible to ascend, Leonore must be brought up as a member of the Church of Sweden and reside in Sweden during her upbringing.[10][11]

Her name and titles were revealed when her grandfather, King Carl XVI Gustaf, met with the cabinet on 26 February 2014.[12][13] Her first name was chosen by her parents as one that they both liked very much after considering a very large number of other names.[14] It has been used previously by four Swedish queens, but then only in full as Eleonora. Her middle names honour her great-grandaunt Princess Lilian, Duchess of Halland, and her paternal grandmother.[15] Leonore has no official surname but the double surname Bernadotte O'Neill was used only for her passport, although since double surnames do not have legal status in Sweden, both surnames are interpreted as middle names.[16][17] On the Swedish registry she has no surname.[16]

A Te Deum thanksgiving service was held in the Royal Chapel at Stockholm Palace on 2 March 2014.[18][19]


On 8 June 2014 (the first anniversary of her parents' wedding) Leonore was christened at the Royal Chapel at Drottningholm Palace into the Lutheran faith, as required for succession by the Swedish Constitution, by Anders Wejryd, the Archbishop of Sweden.[20] Her godparents are:[21] Crown Princess Victoria (her maternal aunt), Tatjana d'Abo (her paternal half-aunt), Count Ernst Abensperg und Traun (her paternal half-uncle by marriage), Patrick Sommerlath (her maternal first cousin once removed), Alice Bamford and Louise Gottlieb (friends of her parents). She was christened in the family's antique christening gown which was first worn by Prince Gustaf Adolf when he was christened in 1906. Her name and date of christening was added in embroidery to the gown.[22]

Official events[edit]

Leonore met Pope Francis on 27 April 2015 in Vatican City with her parents and maternal grandmother.[23] Leonore attended the wedding of her maternal uncle on 13 June 2015 wearing an heirloom dress previously owned by her great-great-grandfather, King Gustaf VI Adolf. [24]

Titles, styles and honours[edit]

Leonore's Coat of Arms with her Coronet and Sash of the order of the Seraphim.

Leonore is styled "Her Royal Highness Princess Leonore of Sweden, Duchess of Gotland".[13]

On 8 June 2014, Leonore became a member of the Royal Order of the Seraphim.[25]



  1. ^ Skatteverket public records
  2. ^ "Princess Madeleine and Mr Christopher O’Neill have had a daughter". Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  3. ^ Reuters in Stockholm. "Sweden's Princess Madeleine gives birth to daughter | World news". Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  4. ^ "H.R.H. Princess Madeleine gave birth to a". SwedenAbroad. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  5. ^ "Princess Madeleine of Sweden gives birth to a daughter in NYC". Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  6. ^ "Press conference with Mr Christopher O'Neill". Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  7. ^ "Swedish princess gives birth in NYC far from home". Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  8. ^ "Princess Madeleine shows off first signs of burgeoning baby bump". Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  9. ^ "Här är hon - Prinsessan Leonore". Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  10. ^ "Swedish Constitution's Order of Succession], §4:"As § 2 of the 1809 Constitution Act expressly states that the King shall always be of the pure evangelical faith, such as in the unaltered Augsburg Confession, and the Uppsala Meeting decision of the year 1593 adopted and explained, thus shall also Princes and Princesses of the Royal House be brought up in the same faith and within the kingdom. Member of the Royal Family not professing this faith, would be from all rights of succession excluded".". Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  11. ^ "Princess Madeleine gives birth to a daughter - The Local". Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  12. ^ "Princess Madeleine gives birth to baby girl". Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  13. ^ a b "H.R.H. Princess Leonore Lilian Maria, Duchess of Gotland" (Press release). Royal Court of Sweden. 2014-02-26. Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  14. ^ Charlotta Johansson. "Chris O'Neill: Ett namn vi tycker väldigt mycket om - Nyheter". Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  15. ^ "Därför blev det Leonore Lilian Maria | Nyheter | Aftonbladet". 2014-02-26. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  16. ^ a b "Leonore får eget pass – reser hem för dopet". Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  17. ^ "Här har du din släkt, prinsessan Leonore". Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  18. ^ "The Te Deum thanksgiving service in connection with Princess Madeleine’s delivery". Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  19. ^ "The Royal Family attend a Te Deum thanksgiving service in the Royal Chapel". Royal Court of Sweden. 2014-03-02. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  20. ^ H.R.H. Princess Leonore will be christened in the Royal Chapel at Drottningholm Palace on June 8, 2014
  21. ^ "A short summary about Princess Leonore's christening ceremony". Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  22. ^ "Official site". Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  23. ^ "Instagram Image". Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  24. ^ "The Royal Family's Attire". Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  25. ^ "Princess Leonore's Christening". Swedish Royal Court. 2014-06-08. Retrieved 2014-06-08. 
  26. ^ a b c "Här har du din släkt, prinsessan Leonore". Retrieved 26 August 2014. 

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Princess Leonore, Duchess of Gotland
Born: 20 February 2014
Swedish royalty
Title last held by
Prince Oscar
Duchess of Gotland
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Preceded by
Princess Madeleine
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