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Princess Leonore, Duchess of Gotland

Princess Leonore of Sweden, Duchess of Gotland (Leonore Lilian Maria Bernadotte;[1] born 20 February 2014), is the eldest child and elder daughter of Princess Madeleine and Christopher O'Neill. She is eighth in the line of succession to the Swedish throne. At the time of her birth she was fifth in line.

Princess Leonore
Duchess of Gotland
Princess Leonore May 2016.jpg
Princess Leonore with her mother in May 2016
Born (2014-02-20) 20 February 2014 (age 5)
Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York City, U.S.
Full name
Leonore Lilian Maria Bernadotte
FatherChristopher O'Neill
MotherPrincess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland


Leonore was born on 20 February 2014 at Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City.[2][3] A 21-gun salute was fired in Stockholm to celebrate her birth.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6][7] Apart from Swedish citizenship, Princess Leonore also holds American citizenship through her birth in the United States.[8]

Her name and titles were revealed when her grandfather, King Carl XVI Gustaf, met with the cabinet on 26 February 2014.[9][10] 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.[11] 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.[12] Leonore was registered with the surname Bernadotte in the Swedish registry.[1] A Te Deum thanksgiving service was held in the Royal Chapel at Stockholm Palace on 2 March 2014 to celebrate her birth.[13][14]


On 8 June 2014 (the first anniversary of her parents' wedding), Leonore was christened in the Royal Chapel of Drottningholm Palace into the Lutheran faith by Anders Wejryd, the Archbishop of Sweden.[15] Her godparents were her aunts Crown Princess Victoria and Tatjana d'Abo, uncle Count Ernst Abensperg und Traun, relative Patrick Sommerlath, and friends of her parents, Alice Bamford and Louise Gottlieb.[16] 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.[17]

Titles, styles, and honoursEdit

Coat of arms

Titles and stylesEdit

On 7 October 2019 the king issued a statement recinding Leonore's royal status in an effort to more strictly associate Swedish royalty to the office of the head of state; she is still to be styled as a princess and duchess and remains in the line of succession to the throne.[18][19][20]

  • 26 February 2014 - 6 October 2019: Her Royal Highness Princess Leonore Lilian Maria, Duchess of Gotland.[21][22]
  • 7 October 2019 - present : Princess Leonore Lilian Maria, Duchess of Gotland[23]

Swedish appointments and honoursEdit


Princess Leonore's coat of arms is based on the greater coat of arms of Sweden. It features in the first and fourth quarters, the Three Crowns; in the second, the lion of the House of Bjelbo; and in the third, the ram of the arms of Gotland, representing the titular designation of her dukedom. In the centre, on an inescutcheon, is the dynastic arms of the House of Bernadotte. Surrounding the shield is the ribbon of the Order of the Seraphim.[25][26]


  1. ^ a b 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". Archived from the original on 28 February 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-21.
  4. ^ Hello! Magazine
  5. ^ "Här är hon - Prinsessan Leonore". Retrieved 2014-04-09.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ "Princess Madeleine gives birth to a daughter - The Local". Retrieved 2014-02-21.
  8. ^ "Exclusive: Swedish Royal Court confirms Princess Leonore’s citizenship status". Royal Central. 29 March 2017.
  9. ^ "Princess Madeleine gives birth to baby girl". Retrieved 2014-04-09.
  10. ^ "H.R.H. Princess Leonore Lilian Maria, Duchess of Gotland" (Press release). Royal Court of Sweden. 2014-02-26. Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  11. ^ Charlotta Johansson. "Chris O'Neill: Ett namn vi tycker väldigt mycket om - Nyheter". Retrieved 2014-04-09.
  12. ^ "Därför blev det Leonore Lilian Maria | Nyheter | Aftonbladet". 2014-02-26. Retrieved 2014-04-09.
  13. ^ "The Te Deum thanksgiving service in connection with Princess Madeleine's delivery". Retrieved 2014-04-09.
  14. ^ "The Royal Family attend a Te Deum thanksgiving service in the Royal Chapel". Royal Court of Sweden. 2014-03-02. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
  15. ^ H.R.H. Princess Leonore will be christened in the Royal Chapel at Drottningholm Palace on June 8, 2014
  16. ^ "A short summary about Princess Leonore's christening ceremony". Retrieved 2014-06-10.
  17. ^ "Official site". Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  18. ^ Swedish communiqué of king's decree 2019-10-07
  19. ^ English communiqué
  20. ^ "Sweden's king removes five of his grandchildren from royal house". euronews. 2019-10-07. Retrieved 2019-10-08.
  21. ^ "H.R.H. Princess Leonore Lilian Maria, Duchess of Gotland" (Press release). Retrieved 17 September 2019.
  22. ^ "H.R.H. Princess Leonore Lilian Maria, Duchess of Gotland" (Press release). Retrieved 17 September 2019.
  23. ^ "Communiqué on changes to The Royal House" (Press release). Retrieved 17 September 2019.
  24. ^ "Princess Leonore's Christening". Swedish Royal Court. 2014-06-08. Retrieved 2014-06-08.
  25. ^ Riksarkivet
  26. ^ Riksarkivet

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Princess Leonore, Duchess of Gotland
Born: 20 February 2014
Swedish royalty
Title last held by
Prince Oscar
Duchess of Gotland
Lines of succession
Preceded by
Princess Madeleine
Succession to the Swedish throne
8th in line
Followed by
Prince Nicolas