Royal baptism day for Sweden’s Prince Oscar

UPDATED: It was a big day in Sweden as Prince Oscar was christened in Stockholm, and even rainy conditions over the capital did not dampen the occasion.

Royal baptism day for Sweden's Prince Oscar
Prince Oscar with Archbishop Antje Jackelén. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

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The ceremony at the Royal Chapel (Slottskyrkan) got under way at around lunchtime on Friday.

Three-month-old Oscar's older sister Princess Estelle was at the church together with their cousins Princess Leonore and Prince Nicolas, joined by their parents, grandparents the King and Queen, and a host of other dignitaries.

Estelle with her dad Prince Daniel and mum Crown Princess Victoria. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

The service was conducted by archbishop Antje Jackelén, and assisted by bishop Johan Dalman and chaplain Michael Bjerkhagen.

Oscar stayed mostly calm during the ceremony, even falling asleep in the arms of his mother, Crown Princess Victoria. Estelle and Leonore meanwhile played on the floor next to the christening font.

Estelle, Oscar, Victoria and King Carl XVI Gustaf. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Swedish public broadcaster SVT aired it live for domestic viewers, good news for those hoping to catch a glimpse of the traditional 21-shot salute that was set to follow the ceremony. Stockholm was drenched in rain on Friday morning, and the showers were set to continue throughout the day.

Oscar wore the same baptism gown donned by all members of the royal family before him since 1906, including Estelle, Leonore and Nicolas. 

Princess Madeleine's husband Chris O'Neill and Oscar's cousin Nicolas. Photo: Maja Suslin/TT

After the ceremony there was a reception and lunch for the invited guests. Along with Swedish royalty, dignitaries and politicians, members of both the Danish and Norwegian royal families are set to attend.

Invited too were obstetrics professor Lennart Nordström and midwife Cecilia Lind, who brought Oscar into the world back in March. 

Absent from the guest list however was the latest addition to the Swedish Royal Family, Prince Alexander. The tiny son of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia was only born on April 19th, and appears to have the day off.


Utøya film makes shortlist for Norway’s Oscar entry

U – July 22, this year’s film about Anders Breivik’s 2011 massacre, is one of three contenders to be put forward for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Utøya film makes shortlist for Norway's Oscar entry
A still from the film U – July 22. Photo: U – July 22
The Norwegian Oscar Committee on Wednesday announced a shortlist of three films, ahead of picking its final candidate next Tuesday. 
U – July 22, directed by Erik Poppe, is vying against What Will People Say, by the Norwegian-Pakistani director Iram Haq, and Blind Spot, a film directed by the Swedish-Czech actress Tuva Novotny. 
In its announcement, the committee said that Poppe's film had brought the tragedy to life. 
“A large number of facts from AUF’s summer camp on July 22 2011 have already been published,” it said. “But few of us know a lot about the unimaginable panic and confusion that occurred or the impossible choices the victims were faced with.” 
But the film faces stiff competition from What Will People Say, with Haq’s previous film I Am Yours put forward as Norway’s entry in 2013. 
Her new film follows a Norwegian-Pakistani girl precariously balancing her life as a normal teenager with a traditional Pakistani family existence at home. When her father catches her in bed with her Norwegian boyfriend, he has her kidnapped and sent home to Pakistan, where she discovers her parents’ culture in a new way. 
Finally, Blind Spot is the directoral debut for Novotny, who played Mariana Simionescu, the Wimbledon tennis champion who married Björn Borg, in the film Borg vs McEnroe.  The film is a story about the grey zones in mental illness. 
From October 1, the  Foreign Language Committee at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), will begin assessing countries' submissions, reducing them to a shortlist of six. Three other films will then be added by an executive committee. 
Two further committees, one of the US East Coast and one on the US West Coast, will then select the five best to be nominated for the Oscar. 
The nominations will be announced on Tuesday 22 January, and the 2019 winner will be announced on Sunday, February 24.