Princess Madeleine of Sweden has announced on her public Facebook page that she and her husband Christopher O’Neill are expecting their third child. She posted: “Chris and I are thrilled to announce that I am expecting. We look forward to four becoming five!”
The Swedish Royal Court later added that the birth is expected to take place in March 2018 and that the Princess is feeling well. Princess Madeleine is the third and youngest child of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. Upon her birth, she was third in the line of succession.
On 8 June 2013, she married British-born American financier Christopher O’Neill at the Royal Palace Chapel in Stockholm. She had previously been engaged to lawyer Jonas Bergström, but the engagement was broken off in 2010. Princess Madeleine wore a Valentino Haute Couture wedding gown. Christopher O’Neill does not carry a title nor does he undertake engagements on behalf of the royal family. He has refused Swedish citizenship.
The couple announced Madeleine’s first pregnancy in September 2013 and their daughter Princess Leonore was born in New York City on 20 February 2014. On 19 December 2014, they announced that Madeleine was expecting their second child and their son, Prince Nicolas was born in Stockholm on 15 June 2015. The children are styled as Duchess of Gotland and Duke of Ångermanland respectively. Princess Madeleine is currently sixth in line for the succession with her daughter and son seventh and eight in line. They will all move down a place when Princess Madeleine’s sister-in-law, Princess Sofia gives birth next month.
Princess Madeleine undertakes various engagements on behalf of her father, the King of Sweden and she is the patron of Min Stora Dag (the Swedish equivalent of the Make-a-Wish Foundation) for which she hosted a Princess themed tea party last year.