Thursday, October 25, 2012

Sweden: Princess Madeleine Engaged!

The Swedish Royal court has announced the engagement of Princess Madeleine, youngest child of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia.

Princess Madeleine's fiancé is Mr. Christopher O'Neill, a New York financier. He was born on 27th June 1974 in London, England where he grew up with his parents, Eva Maria and Paul O’Neill. He is a dual citizen of both the United States of America and the United Kingdom and has five half-sisters: Tatjana, Natascha, Stephanie, Annalisa and Karen.

Christopher attended boarding school at the Institut auf dem Rosenberg in St. Gallen, Switzerland before obtaining a Bachelor degree in International Relations from Boston University. In addition, Christopher has a Masters in Business Administration from Columbia Business School in New York.

Having spent the past 16 years within the field of finance, working for financial firms such as NM Rothschild & Sons and Steinberg Asset management, Christopher is now a Partner and Head of Research at Noster Capital - an investment firm with offices in London and New York City.

Since his youth, Christopher has enjoyed a wide variety of sports and outdoor activities, such as downhill skiing, tennis and golf. Among his other passions are music, literature and Chelsea Football Club.

Paul O’Neill originally moved to London from his native New York in the 1960s to establish the European headquarters of Oppenheimer & Co – a New York-based investment bank. Paul O’Neill passed away in December 2004. His mother, Eva Maria O’Neill, is involved in numerous charitable organizations, with a particular focus on the cultural preservation of Salzburg, Austria.

Born in 1982, Madeleine was previously engaged to a Swede. That ended when the press discovered he had been untrue to the beautiful princess. Since then, Madeleine has been living in New York, where she also works. Since 2010 she has worked at the World Childhood Foundation.

Christopher asked for Madeleine's hand in marriage and the King consented and notified the government. Approval was granted, but no date has yet been set for the wedding ceremony.

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