The youngest member of the Swedish royal family is christened
Sunday, June 08, 2014 - 01:24
June 8 - The youngest member of the Swedish royal family - and the fifth in line to the throne - is christened Leonore Lilian Maria. Vanessa Johnston reports.
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Crowds gather outside the Drottningholm Palace Sunday to catch a glimpse of Sweden's youngest royal.
Leonore Lilian Maria, fifth in line to the throne, is about to be christened.
Her title will be Her Royal Highness Duchess of Gotland.
Andrea Wiegand, visiting from Germany, is excited to witness the occasion.
(SOUNDBITE)(German) ANDREA WIEGAND FROM GERMANY, SAYING:
"We're on holiday in Stockholm and it's nice to see it. We wanted to visit Drottningholm palace anyway so to see the king, the crown princess and the little princess is the icing on the cake."
Public support for the ceremonial monarchy has weakened slightly in recent years.
But most Swedes are still in favor of it, like Anders Nordeno.
(SOUNDBITE)(Swedish) ANDERS NORDENO FROM SWEDEN, SAYING:
"It's nice to have a monarchy that is such a good representation of the country, so that is good."
Finally, the young princess emerges with her mother, Princess Madeleine of Sweden, and her father Chris O'Neill, a citizen of the U.S. and Britain.
O'Neill did not take the title of prince so he could continue his career in New York, where the family is based.
Princess Madeleine has two older siblings; Crown Princess Victoria, who's first in line to the throne, and Prince Carl Philip.
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