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Prince Haakon in Sweden for royal baptism

Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon has been named among the godparents of Sweden's Princess Estelle and was in Stockholm on Tuesday to attend the young royal's baptism.

Prince Haakon in Sweden for royal baptism
Photo: NTB scanpix

Prince Haakon is one of five godparents selected by Estelle's parents Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, according to a statement from the Swedish Royal Court.

Prince Haakon is joined by Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Prince Daniel's sister Anne Westling Söderblom, Crown Princess Victoria's younger brother Prince Carl-Philip, and Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.

The Swedish royal couple's first born is set to be baptised in the Royal Chapel in Stockholm around noon Tuesday and will be given the name Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary.

The Swedish and Norwegian royals are very close and Victoria and Haakon are described as good friends, having met regularly as children and having engaged in a number of joint projects in their roles as heirs to the respective Scandinavian thrones.  

Crown Princess Victoria is furthermore godmother to the Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit's eldest child and the heir to the throne of Norway, Princess Ingrid Alexandra.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit is however missing from the guest list in Stockholm on Tuesday due to a prior commitment in the USA.

To follow the royal events as they unfold visit The Local Sweden's live blog.

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Norway Prince mum on who lent luxury yacht

Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon has refused to name the 'friend' courtesy of whom he enjoyed a stay on a luxury yacht which normally costs $280,000 a week.

Norway Prince mum on who lent luxury yacht
The Mia Elise superyacht, which costs $280,000 a week to rent. Photo: Charter Index

The heir to the Norwegian throne has faced growing media pressure in his country after revelations that he spent a long weekend in early August aboard the Mia Elise superyacht. 

In a meeting with journalists during a scouting event in Asker, he would only say that he hadn't paid anything for his stay and that the person who had lent the vessel was one of its owners. 

“A friend invited us on a boat trip and we stayed there for three days. It’s as simple as that,” he said. “I do not think he owes us anything, or that we owe him anything.” 

Haakon went on the trip with Crown Princess Mette Marit directly after the couple attended the wedding of Pierre Casiraghi, Princess Caroline of Monaco’s youngest son, to Beatrice Borromeo. 

Haakon said that staying on such a fuel-guzzling vessel did not mean he no longer took environmental issues seriously. 

“I still believe the climate is important,” he told reporters.  “I fully agree that emissions are a bad thing. We must try to do something.”