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The christening of Sweden’s new Crown Princess Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Culture

As you all might now, this February saw the arrival of Sweden’s new Crown Princess, Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary. This afternoon, the three month old celebrity baby will be christened in a formal ceremony at the Royal Chapel in the Royal Palace in Stockholm. The ceremony will be conducted by Archbishop Anders Wejryd, who also wed  the Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel back in 2010.

The guestlist is of course long and impressive and includes royalties from all over Europe as well as politicians, family and friends. Swedish national television is broadcasting the whole event here, it starts with the VIP arrivals at 10.45 am. The ceremony starts at noon and is followed by a reception at the Royal Palace.

Photo: Kungahuset

Although the streets are Stockholm are filled with people who want to celebrate Estelle, critical voices are raised against the christening. Should we really celebratre her entry into Christianity and the church? Should she not be given a choice in a secular county like Sweden? Any thoughs on this?



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  1. anonymous:

    I am from Germany and I was not christened as a baby. That was okay as long as I didn’t go to school. There it was hard for me to be “different”, the other children as well as the teachers let me know that it is wrong in their eyes … Now I am glad that I was not christened and grateful that my parents left the choice to me.