It’s a week that the Swedish Royal Family will never forget. Early this afternoon, Princess Madeleine gave birth to a son. His arrival comes less than 48 hours after her brother, Prince Carl Philip, married Sofia Hellqvist in Stockholm.
The baby boy arrived at 1.45pm local time on Monday 15th June and his birth was announced officially by the Marshall of the Realm not long afterwards. The little prince is Madeleine’s second child with her husband, Chris O’Neill. They welcomed a daughter, Princess Leonore, on 20th February 2014. The couple married in Stockholm on 8th June 2013.
The new baby, whose name is yet to be announced, is sixth in line to the throne of Sweden. And his arrival has doubled the number of men in the line of succession – until this afternoon his uncle, Carl Philip, was the only prince in the admittedly rather small rundown.
Madeleine’s son also has a special place in this new generation of Swedish royals. He is the first grandson for King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. Their two granddaughters are Leonore and Princess Estelle, the three-year-old daughter of the heir to the throne, Crown Princess Victoria.
Princess Madeleine’s eldest child, Leonore, was born in New York but her son has made his debut in Stockholm – just like his mum and his cousin Estelle. And just like the two little princesses, he is likely to be christened in the Swedish capital.
Earlier this year Queen Silvia let slip that her latest grandchild was due around the same time as the Royal Wedding but no one was sure exactly how close the two dates would be. Madeleine attended Carl Philip’s marriage, taking part in the ceremony and enjoying the reception afterwards.
And the birth of her son means that the royal party goes on in Sweden. The marriage of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia was well received with many joining the celebrations on the streets of Stockholm. The arrival of a new prince just hours later means that this is a golden time for the Swedish Royal Family.
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