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Princess Madeleine
Duchess of Halsingland
Duchess of Gastrikland

Full name
Madeleine Thérèse Amelie Josephine
Born 10 June 1982 (1982-06-10) (age 37)
Drottningholm Palace, Sweden
Spouse Christopher O'Neill (m. 2013)
Issue
Princess Leonore, Duchess of Gotland
Prince Nicolas, Duke of Ångermanland
Princess Adrienne, Duchess of Blekinge
House Bernadotte
Father Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden
Mother Silvia Sommerlath
Religion Church of Sweden
Swedish Royal Family
Great coat of arms of Sweden (without mantle).svg

HM The King
HM The Queen

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Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland (Madeleine Therese Amelie Josephine; born 10 June 1982), is the youngest child of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden.

Upon her birth, Princess Madeleine was third in line to the throne. As of 2019, she is seventh in line to the throne.

Birth and Early Life Edit

Princess Madeleine was born 19:05 CET on 10 June 1982 at Drottningholm Palace as the youngest child and daughter of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden.

She is the granddaughter of the late, Hereditary Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Vasterbotten and the late Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. She is also the granddaughter of Mr Walther and Mrs Alicl

e SommerAs the daughter of th of Sweden and is a member of the Swedish Royal Family from the House of Bernadotte. She was given the titles of Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland. It was the first time since the early 17th century (when such titles were still more than honorary) that a Swedish ducal title included more than one province.

She was christened in the Royal Chapel at Stockholm Palace on 31 August 1982. Her godparents were;

  • The Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (her father's maternal cousin)
  • Walther L Sommerlath (her maternal uncle)
  • Princess Benedikte of Denmark (her father's paternal cousin)
  • Princess Christina, Mrs Magnuson (her paternal aunt)

Her fourth name, Josephine honours her ancestor Josephine of Leuchtenberg. She was christened in the family's antique christening gown which was first worn by her great-great-grandfather, Prince Gustaf Adolf when he was christened in 1906. Her name and date of christening was added in embroidery to the gown.

Education Edit

From 1985–1989, Madeleine 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, she 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, she 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, she 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, she 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.

Leisure Pursuits Edit

Madeleine is an enthusiastic equestrian. She has owned horses (which were stabled at the Royal Stables) and competed in showjumping under the name "Anna Svensson". She also enjoys skiing, and is interested in 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, Madeleine first distributed such awards as 'Pony Rider of the Year with trainer in Gävleborg' and 'Gold Rider'.

Activities Edit

Madeleine undertakes various engagements on behalf of her father and the people of Sweden. She participates in the celebrations of Sweden's National Day, the Nobel festivities, dinners and state visits with other members of the royal family. She 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.

Charity work Edit

Madeleine 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, she 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.

Personal Life Edit

Broken-off Engagement Edit

On 11 August 2009, Madeleine announced her engagement to lawyer Jonas Bergström (b. 1979). Madeleine 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.

The wedding was originally due 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. Queen Silvia denied the rumored relationship issues. However, media reporting of the relationship issues escalated, and on 24 April 2010 it was announced that the wedding would not go ahead, and the engagement was broken off.

Marriage and Children Edit

After her relationship with Bergström ended, Madeleine moved to New York City, where she worked for the World Childhood Foundation, the organisation that her mother co-founded.

Main articles: Engagement of Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Christopher O'Neill and Wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Christopher O'Neill

On 25 October 2012, the Swedish Royal Court announced her engagement with the British-born American financier Christopher O'Neill. On 23 December 2012, it was announced that the wedding would take place on 8 June 2013, at the Royal Palace chapel in Stockholm. O'Neill chose to remain untitled: a member of the Swedish Royal Family must hold Swedish citizenship which O'Neil declined.

On 3 September 2013, The Swedish Royal Court announced that Princess Madeleine and Chris O'Neill were expecting their first child, due in March 2014. On 20 February 2014, The Swedish Royal Court announced that Princess Madeleine and Christopher O'Neill welcomed their first child, a daughter, Princess Leonore Lilian Maria, Duchess of Gotland in New York. 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, The Royal Court announced that Princess Madeleine and Christopher O'Neill were expecting their second child, due in June 2015. On 15 June 2015, The Swedish Royal Court announced that Princess Madeleine and Christopher O'Neill welcomed their second child, a boy, Prince Nicolas Paul Gustaf, Duchess of Ångermanland in Stockholm.

In February 2015, the Swedish Royal Court announced that the family had moved to Stockholm from New York. In May 2015, the Swedish Royal Court announced that O'Neill had moved to London, United Kingdom in April. In Autumn 2015, several months after the birth of Prince Nicolas, the entire family moved to London, where O'Neill's business is located.

Christopher O'Neill said in a statement for People that he and the Princess wished for a large family, with at least three or four children.

On 27 August 2017, The Swedish Royal Court announced that Madeleine and her husband were expecting their third child, due in March 2018. On 9 March 2018, the Royal Court announced that Princess Madeleine and Christopher O'Neill welcomed their third child, a daughter, Princess Adrienne Josephine Alice , Duchess of Blekinge in Stockholm.

Titles, Styles and Honours Edit

Titles Edit

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

Honours Edit

Swedish Honours Edit

  • Sweden: Member Grand Cross of the Royal Order of the Seraphim (LoK av KMO)
  •  Sweden: Member of the Royal Family Decoration of King Carl XVI Gustaf
  •  Sweden: Recipient of the Ruby Jubilee Badge Medal of King Carl XVI Gustaf
  •  Sweden: Recipient of the Wedding Medal of Crown Princess Victoria to Daniel Westling
  •  Sweden: Recipient of the 50th Birthday Badge Medal of King Carl XVI Gustaf
  •  Sweden: Recipient of the 70th Birthday Badge Medal of King Carl XVI Gustaf

Foreign Honours Edit

  • Brazil: Grand Cross of the Order of Rio Branco
  •  Germany: Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, 1st Class
  •  Jordan: Knight Grand Cordon of the Order of the Star of Jordan
  •  Latvia: Grand Officer of the Order of the Three Stars
  •  Luxembourg: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Adolphe of Nassau
  •  Malaysia: Honorary Knight Grand Cordon of the Order of Loyalty to the Crown of Malaysia
  •  Norway: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Saint Olav
  •  Romania: Grand Cross of the Order of Faithful Service
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