Princess Adrienne
Duchess of Blekinge

Full name
Adrienne Josephine Alice
Born March 9, 2018 (2018-03-09) (age 2))
Danderyd Hospital, Danderyd, Stockholm
House Bernadotte
Father Christopher O'Neill
Mother Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland
Religion Church of Sweden
Swedish Royal Family
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HM The King
HM The Queen

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Princess Adrienne, Duchess of Blekinge (Adrienne Josephine Alice Bernadotte; born 9 March 2018), is the second daughter and third child of Princess Madeleine of Sweden and her husband, Christopher O'Neill. She is tenth in the line of succession to the Swedish throne.

Birth Edit

Princess Adrienne was born on 9 March 2018 at 00:41 at Danderyd Hospital in Danderyd, Sweden. She weighed 3465 grams and was 50 cm long at birth.[1] She is the third child and second daughter of Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland and her husband, Christopher O'Neill. She is the seventh grandchild and third granddaughter of Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and Queen Silvia of Sweden.

She has two elder siblings: Princess Leonore (b. 2014) and Prince Nicolas (b. 2015).

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. However, in order to be eligible to ascend, Adrienne must be brought up as a member of the Church of Sweden and reside in Sweden during her upbringing. Apart from Swedish citizenship, Princess Adrienne also holds American citizenship through her American-British father.

The birth was greeted by a 21-gun salute from Skeppsholmen in Stockholm and from the saluting stations in Gothenburg, Härnösand, Karlskrona and Boden.[2]

A Te Deum thanksgiving service was held in her honour in the Royal Chapel at Stockholm Palace on 12 March 2018.[3]

Names Edit

On 12 March, her names and title were announced at a state council by her grandfather King Carl XVI Gustaf.[4]

Her names are:

  • Adrienne: Madeleine's mother Queen Silvia has loved this name for years, and even considered it for her own daughter, Madeleine.
  • Josephine: in honour of her paternal great-grandmother, Josephine Cesario, and her mother, Princess Madeleine Thérèse Amelie Josephine
  • Alice: in honour of her maternal great-grandmother, Alice Sommerlath

On 7 October 2019 it was announced that the King has decided that Princess Adrienne will no longer be member of The Royal House. While she will retain her titles of a Duchess previously granted by the King, she will no longer enjoy the style of Royal Highness.[5]

Christening Edit

Main article: Christening of Princess Adrienne, Duchess of Blekinge

Princess Adrienne was christened on 8 June 2018 at Drottningholm Palace chapel, exactly five years after her parents married on 8 June 2013 and four years after her sister Princess Leonore's christening on 8 June 2014.

Archbishop Antje Jackelén presided over the noon ceremony that was in both English and Swedish. Jackelén was assisted by the Chief Court Chaplain Bishop Johan Dalman and Pastor of the Royal Court Parish Michael Bjerkhagen. Princess Hedvig Elisabeth Charlotta’s crown was at the altar.[6]

Her godparents are:

  • Miss Anouska d'Abo, her paternal cousin
  • Mrs Coralie Charriol Paul, friend of parents
  • Mr Nader Panahpour, friend of her father
  • Baron Gustav Thott, husband of her mother's best friend
  • Mrs Charlotte Kreuger Cederlund, friend of her mother
  • Mrs Natalie Werner, friend of her mother

Titles, styles, and honours Edit

Titles and styles Edit

  • 9 March 2018 – 6 October 2019: Her Royal Highness Princess Adrienne of Sweden, Duchess of Blekinge
  • 7 October 2019 – present: Princess Adrienne of Sweden, Duchess of Blekinge

Swedish honours Edit

References Edit

  1. H.K.H. Prinsessan Madeleine och herr Christopher O’Neill har fått en dotter. Kungahuset
  2. Prinsessan Madeleine och Chris O’Neill har fått en dotter. Aftonbladet
  3. Ceremonier med anledning av H.K.H. Prinsessan Madeleines nedkomst. Kungahuset
  4. H.K.H. Prinsessan Adrienne Josephine Alice, hertiginna av Blekinge. Royal Court of Sweden
  5. Communiqué on changes to The Royal House. Kungahuset
  6. Prinsessan Adriennes dop. Kungahuset

Official page Edit

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