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Swedish prince baptised in royal ceremony

Published 11/10/2015 | 12:31

Sweden's Princess Madeleine and Christopher O'Neill pose with their son Prince Nicolas after his baptism ceremony, at the Drottningholm Palace Church, near Stockholm (Anders Wiklund/TT News Agency via AP)
Sweden's Princess Madeleine and Christopher O'Neill pose with their son Prince Nicolas after his baptism ceremony, at the Drottningholm Palace Church, near Stockholm (Anders Wiklund/TT News Agency via AP)
Sweden's Princess Madeleine holds Prince Nicolas and her husband Christopher O'Neill holds their daughter Princess Leonore (Claudio Bresciani/TT News Agency via AP)

The newborn son of Sweden's Princess Madeleine and New York banker Christopher O'Neill has been baptised near Stockholm.

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Prince Nicolas Paul Gustaf, also to be known as the Duke of Angermanland after a province in northern Sweden, is the first grandson of King Carl XVI Gustaf, who has two granddaughters.

Nicolas was born on June 15 in Stockholm.

Some 150 guests - mostly family and friends - attended the ceremony in the church of Drottingholm Palace, just outside Stockholm.

Nicolas is sixth in line to the Swedish throne after his sister, Princess Leonore. Their mother is fourth.

Sweden is a constitutional monarchy in which the royals primarily serve as figureheads. The king is the country's head of state, but his powers are limited to ceremonial duties.

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