Why Princess Leonore and Prince Nicolas of Sweden missed the royal christening

By Meaghan Wray

Sweden's Royal Family joined forces to celebrate Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia's youngest son Prince Gabriel's christening on Friday (Dec 1), but two very important people were noticeably absent from the festivities. Princess Madeleine and Chris O'Neill attended the service without their children Princess Leonore and Prince Nicolas.

While their baby cousin was baptized at Drottningholm Palace, Princess Leonore, 3, and two-year-old Prince Nicolas stayed behind at their family home in London. A press secretary for the Swedish royal family told HELLO! “Princess Leonore and Prince Nicolas stayed in London. Princess Madeleine and Mr. O’Neill are returning to the UK tonight.”

TAP FOR GALLERY Princess Madeleine's children were noticeably absent from the family affair.

Despite missing two members of the family, the House of Bernadotte turned out in full force to honour three-month-old Gabriel. King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia were there, as were Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel. The youngest members of the royal family – Gabriel’s older brother Prince Alexander and his cousins Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar – were also in attendance.

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Tradition was alive and well at the service, as Gabriel wore the family's cotton and lace gown that Prince Gustaf Adolf wore in 1906. It's the same gown that Prince Carl Philip and his siblings, along with all of their children, wore on the day of their own christenings. He was also baptized over the family's silver font, which was commissioned in 1696. The palace states that, "it took 11 years to complete [and] almost all of the royal children have been baptized in it."

Princess Leonore and Prince Nicholas didn't travel to Sweden for the service.

After the hour-long ceremony, the king and queen hosted a stunning reception at the palace. Rather than receiving gifts for the young prince, Carl Philip and Sofia asked attendees to make a donation in his name to their royal foundation and Sofia’s Project Playground.

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