The royal christening is set to take place on October 11 at the palace church

By Caris Davis
Updated October 05, 2015 01:30 PM
Getty; Inset: Jonas Ekstromer/TT/Sipa

Already an uncle to Sweden’s newest young royal, Prince Carl Philip is set to become Prince Nicolas’s godfather too, the nation’s Expressen newspaper reports.

The little prince, who was born June 15, will celebrate his christening on October 11 in Drottningholm Palace Church.

Following some controversy, the Swedish national broadcaster SVT is to broadcast the event live in its entirety.

Prince Nicolas, the first son of Princess Madeleine and British-American businessman Christopher O’Neill, is sixth in line to the Swedish throne – and the first Swedish-born prince to be received into the Christian church since Carl Philip, 36, himself.

In a nod to family tradition, Prince Nicolas will wear the same christening gown that Carl Philip, who already is godfather to Nicolas’s adorable cousin Princess Estelle, wore at his christening in 1979.

In other Carl Philip news, he and his new wife Princess Sofia – who are set to attend the baptism – are not moving house anytime soon, according to a well-placed court official who has quashed rumors that the royal couple were about to uproot themselves.

Prince Carl Philip inherited Villa Solbacken, near their current apartment on the island of Djurg rden, after his aunt Princess Lillian died in March 2013. Her husband, Prince Bertil, acquired the property 55 years before.

“There’s currently no timetable for it, the villa needs a total renovation,” said Jan Lindman, who acknowledged that the property has stood empty and abandoned for eight months.

“It’s been a busy year for the couple what with their wedding and honeymoon, they’ve had a lot of engagements so they’ve chosen to prioritize areas other than home improvement this year,” he told Expressen.

“The couple wants to build a comfortable place. But there’s much to be done,” Lindman said of the architect-designed property. “It’s a big house and a big project.”

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