News Regarding Members of the Swedish Royal Family.

On November 14, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden held an audience with  politicians from Libya, Tunisia, and Egypt.  According to the Swedish royal court:

“The politicians are here to share experiences and discuss the obstacles that female politicians face in different countries. The overall objective is to strengthen women in their political work and to increase the representation of women in decision making bodies. Another aim is that they will network and exchange experiences with Swedish politicians. 

They will also meet with Swedish parliamentarians in a roundtable discussion, the Swedish ambassador in Libya and Tunisia and other representatives of the MFA and Sida.”

Meanwhile, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden attended a charity auction in Stockholm “… on the occasion of World Diabetes Day…” according to the Expressen newspaper.

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H.R.H. Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Mr. Christopher O’Neill Attend an Award Ceremony.

On the evening of November 7, 2012, Her Royal Highness Princess Madeleine of Sweden and her fiance, Mr. Christopher O’Neill, attended the Raoul Wallenberg Civic Courage Awards held at the Yale Club in New York City.

The award was presented to:

“… the Hon. Raymond W. Kelly, Police Commissioner of the City of New York. The award will also be presented on the celebratory occasion of the 100th birthday of Raoul Wallenberg, the heroic Swedish diplomat who led an extensive and successful mission to save the lives of nearly 100,000 Jews in Nazi-occupied Hungary.”

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Their Royal Highnesses Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden Attend the Opening of the Alfons Åbergs Kulturhus. Plus, Other News. (VIDEO)

On October 25, 2012, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden attended the opening of the Alfons Åberg Kulturhus in Göteborg.

Whilst at the opening a Swedish journalist asked Crown Princess Victoria what she thought about the recent engagement announcement between Princess Madeleine and Mr. Christopher O’Neill, “It’s terrific.  We are all very happy…” beamed the crown princess.

In other news, Princess Madeleine and Mr. Christopher O’Neill have left Sweden this afternoon bound for London, England.  The Swedish royal court Information Officer, Mr. Bertil Ternert, noted that the couple are in London to meet with relatives.  It is unknown how long they will stay in the city.  Click here  to watch a video.

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So Who Is Mr. Christopher O’Neill? (VIDEOS)

PMCO2012Now that the lovely Her Royal Highness Princess Madeleine of Sweden is engaged to her American financier boyfriend, Mr. Christopher O’Neill, perhaps you are wondering, Who is this guy?

Well, here is his CV courtesy of the Swedish royal court:

“Christopher O’Neill was born on June 27, 1974, in London, England, where he grew up with his parents, Eva Maria and Paul O’Neill.

He has dual citizenship in the United States and the United Kingdom, and has five half sisters – Tatyana, Natascha, Stephanie, Annalisa, and Karen.

Christopher O’Neill studied at our Residential Institutions auf dem Rosenberg in St. Gallen, Switzerland, before he received a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Boston University. In addition, Christopher O’Neill, holds a Master in Business Administration from Columbia Business School in New York.

Over the past 16 years, Christopher O’Neill worked in the financial industry, for companies such as NM Rothchild & Sons, and Steinberg Asset Management. Today, is Christopher O’Neill, partner and Head of Research at Noster Capital, a finance company with offices in London and New York.

Since the early years, Christopher O’Neill has been engaged in various sports and outdoor activities such as downhill skiing, tennis, golf, music, literature, and likes the Chelsea Football Club’s among other interests.

Christopher O’Neill’s father, Paul O’Neill, originally moved to London from New York in the 1960s to become the European headquarters for Oppenheimer & Co., a New York-based investment bank. Paul O’Neill left in December 2004.  Mrs. Eva Maria O’Neill is involved in a number of charitable organizations with particular focus on the cultural preservation of Salzburg, Austria.”

And, finally, Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden and His Royal Highness Prince Carl Philip of Sweden briefly spoke to the press regarding Princess Madeleine’s engagement.  Click here, here and here to watch (in Swedish).

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Are You Ready For Another Royal Wedding? (VIDEOS)

On October 25, 2012, the Swedish royal court announced that Her Royal Highness Princess Madeleine of Sweden is engaged to American financier, Mr. Christopher O’Neill.

Finally!

Yesterday, the couple gave a brief interview.  Here is what they had to say:

Congratulations on the engagement! How does it feel?

Princess Madeleine: We are very pleased and happy. It is a very special day for us.

What happened to when Christopher met?

Princess Madeleine: It was at the beginning of October. It was very romantic and beautifully thought out, but more than that, we do not want to tell but keep it for ourselves.

Christopher, were you nervous? Had you planned it long?

I had thought for a while that free and wanted to wait for the right moment. But, I knew that it was Madeleine I wanted to marry.

It was the first time you met?

Princess Madeleine: We met through common friends. For me it started with a close friendship. We shared the same sense of humor and had great fun together. Chris opened up my heart, he is my soul mate.

Christopher, when you realized that you wanted to free the Princess Madeleine?

I knew immediately something very special for Madeleine.

What was your first impression of Christopher?

Princess Madeleine: I appreciate Chris for his warmth and humor. He has a very big heart, and he always manages to get all of their surroundings to feel good. He is an amazing caring and generous person.

Christopher, have you talked to the King to marry the Princess?

It is true that I have spoken to the King and told him that I want to marry me, Princess Madeleine.

How was the King’s reaction?

Christopher O’Neill: The King and Queen became excited, and a little emotion, I think.

Christopher, can you speak Swedish?

I can say a few words and will learn more Swedish.

Can the Princess tell us something about the Christopher’s family?

I appreciate his family very much. They have always been very nice to me and welcomed me with open arms. Chris has a wonderful family!

Can you say something about the Princess’s family? What was the first meeting?

Christopher O’Neill: I have come to learn about the Swedish Royal family. I have been well received, and felt from the outset very welcome. They are all friendly and received a nice welcome when we seen them all.

How do you see a future family formation?

Princess Madeleine: Of course we are looking forward to getting married and having the time to form its own family.

Where are you going to live in the future?

Princess Madeleine: Right now we will continue to live in New York because of both of our jobs. But, it does not exclude the possibility that we are moving to Sweden in the future.

Christopher, what do you know about Sweden?

Sweden is a great country. It is so beautiful here and friendly people. I have visited Stockholm, Sweden, and Öland. I hope to have the opportunity to visit Sweden a bit more often now.

One last question; When will the wedding take place?

Princess Madeleine: We can come back with details about the wedding. But, it will take place in Sweden in the summer of 2013.

 

Congrats to the couple!!   🙂

Click here to watch a video news report. (in Swedish)

 

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Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden in South Minneapolis. (VIDEO)

On Saturday, October 6, 2012, Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden were in South Minneapolis to attend a dedication ceremony for the new Nelson Cultural Center.  Please click here for more information about the event as well as to watch a news report.  To learn more about the Nelson Cultural Center please visit their official website here.

Their Majesties also attended a reception held in their honor at the Governor of Minnesota’s residence, Mark Dayton. According to the newspaper, Twin Cities, Governor Dayton recently proclaimed, “…Saturday as ‘American Swedish Institute Day’…” in recognition of the “… heritage and bonds shared by Minnesota and Sweden.”

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Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden Visit Gustavus Adolphus College.

On Friday, October 5, 2012, Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden visited Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.

After being warmly greeted by thousands of locals Their Majesties attended a “…Festival Worship Service…” held at the Christ Chapel.

Afterward, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia visited the Hillstrom Museum of Art where they viewed the exhibition 150 Years of Swedish Art: Highlights from the Swedish National Collections in Stockholm, attended a private luncheon held in their honor, and much more.

Please click here to read more about today’s event as well as to view photos.

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Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden Visit Minnesota. (VIDEOS)

Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden arrived in Minnesota yesterday to begin their three-day visit.  Their Majesties visited the American Swedish Institute as well as the new Nelson Cultural Center.

This afternoon Their Majesties will participate in the 150th anniversary celebrations of the Gustavus Adolphus College.  On Saturday, they will attend a dedication ceremony for the new Nelson Cultural Center held at the American Swedish Institute.

Click here and here to watch videos as well as to read more about their visit to the new Nelson Cultural Center.

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Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia Visit Panama. Day One. (VIDEO)

On October 3, 2012, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias began their official visit to Panama.

This afternoon the royal couple attended the inauguration of the ICEX de Empresas Españolas in Panama (Spanish Companies in Panama) which will provide “… investment opportunities in projects in the fields of infrastructure, energy and water treatment among other sectors.”

Also on today’s agenda: a meeting and luncheon with the President of Panama, Mr.Ricardo Martinelli, and his wife, Marta Linares de Martinelli, at the Palacio de las Garzas, and much more.

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His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden Visits a Museum. (VIDEO)

On September 26, 2012, His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf was in Trollhattan where he visited the Saab Automobile Museum.  He had fun.

 

Finally, on September 25, 2012, His Royal Highness Prince Carl Philip of Sweden was in Alnarp to celebrate  the 150th anniversary of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

And, that’s it.   🙂

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