On February 20, 2017, King Carl Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Sofia, Princess Madeleine and Christopher O'Neill attended the official welcoming ceremony for the Governor General of Canada David Johnston and his wife Sharon Johnston at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, Sweden.
As the Crown Princess Victoria is currently on a private trip, she and Prince Daniel will not be able to attend events held in connection with the Canadian State Visit next week, as they usually do. Instead, Princess Madeleine will step into her sister’s place and will participate in the visit, which the court has now confirmed to Swedish Women’s Weekly.
“Princess Madeleine and Chris O'Neill and the Prince Couple will attend the traditional ceremony at the castle, as well as the subsequent lunch. They will also participate in the banquet later in the evening.” says the court’s Communications Director Margareta Thorgren.
The court also confirmed that Madeleine and Chris will be in Sweden for some time, and not only during the state visit.
“Princess Madeleine and Chris did not come to Sweden alone because of the state visit, but because they have other commitments in Sweden other than the state visit.
King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia were joined by Princess Madeleine & Chris O’Neill and Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia as the family welcomed Canada’s General Governor in Stockholm; David Johnston and his wife are in Sweden for a four-day official visit which will also include an official dinner at the Royal Palace. | February 20th, 2017
Waiting for the bride: Leonore being a cutie at her uncle’s wedding to Sofia ♡ Madeleine asks her baby daughter if she’d like to wave to the Hellqvist family. And she does. Waving to Sofia’s sister Lina, who also waves back ((not really seen in the video though)) and later to Carl Philip. Aunt Victoria joins in.
The King and Queen, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia, and Princess Madeleine and Christopher O'Neill will attend the Crown Princess’s two day 40th birthday celebrations on July 14th - 15th, 2017.
Swedish Royal Court
We also expect to see Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar, as usual.
The few times I’ve met Eva O'Neill, she’s always had a smile on her face and is a social professional. For example:
One time we ran into each other by chance together in Central Stockholm. Eva was in the company of Madeleine, Leonore and Nicolas. This was just days after Nicolas had come into the world and the first outdoor walk for Madeleine since the birth of the baby.
We stood for a while and talked about the weather and of course the little newborn prince:
- I am the proudest grandmother, said Eva.
Suddenly she pointed to my right hand. In my hand, I had by coincidence two copies of the biography of Princess Madeleine as I wrote in connection with the wedding in 2013.
This day I was on my way to a meeting and would hand over the books. Chance made me ran into the book’s protagonist and her mother in law. The odds on it?
- It is a book about your daughter, I said when Eva asked. Here you get your own signed copy, I said and wrote in the book to Chris’s mother.
- But I can not speak Swedish, said Eva a bit apologetic.
Then Madeleine chimed in:
- It does not matter. I can read the book together with you!
Johan T Lindwall, author of a autobiography about Princess Madeleine when asked of Chris O’Neill’s mother, Eva, and when he ran into Eva, Madeleine and the kids shortly after Nicolas’ birth in 2015 when speaking with Svenskdam.