Saturday, February 25, 2012
Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria gave birth to her first child Thursday, a baby girl who will one day become queen, prompting banner headlines and 21-gun salutes across the country. King Carl XVI Gustaf says his first grandchild — who is second in line to the Swedish throne — will be named Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary. The king said Friday that the princess will receive the title Duchess of Ostergotland, a province in the country's southeast. The news gave the royal family a respite from the negative headlines that have dogged King Carl XVI Gustaf, Victoria's father, after a 2010 book made scandalous claims about his private life. The child, was born at 4:26 a.m. (0326 GMT), said Victoria's husband, Prince Daniel. She was 20 inches (51 cms) long and weighed 7.23 pounds (3.28 kg). Both the crown princess and the baby are "doing very well," an emotional Daniel told reporters who had waited for the announcement all night at the Karolinska University Hospital in the Stockholm suburb of Solna.
I believe there is a festive atmosphere even in neighbouring Finland in honour of this momentous event. The picture on the card shown in this post sent to me by Pia, shows King Carl Gustaf with Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Carl Philip admiring little Pricess Madeline in the pram. This photo was taken sometime in 1982.