The christening of Sweden”s future queen has begun in the 17th-century chapel where her predecessors have been baptised for generations.
Joined by a dazzling array of European royals, Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Daniel are celebrating the birth of Princess Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary.
Elegant in a dusky pink dress, Victoria could hardly contain her emotions as she took her place next to the altar, where Archbishop of Uppsala Anders Wejryd, the clergyman who married them, was waiting to conduct the ceremony.
Her eyes misted over as she took in the sight of all their friends and relatives gathered with them for this joyous occasion.
Opposite was Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, who looked lovely in a shimmering gold dress. Earlier, she had arrived accompanied by husband Frederik, and mother-in-law, Queen Margrethe.
Also on hand was Haakon of Norway, and the future king and queen of the Netherlands, Willem-Alexander and Maxima.
They watched as the baptismal water was poured over little Estelle”s head, using a silver font dating back to the 17th century.
The little girl was on her best behaviour as she taken from her mother”s arms to recieve the ritual.