Princess Sofia of Sweden has given birth to her third child – a boy.
The Princess gave birth at Danderyd Hospital on the morning of March 26th 2021. Her third son was born at 11.19am.
Both Sofia and her baby are doing well. Prince Carl Philip was present for the birth.
The baby prince joins big brothers Prince Alexander, 4, and Prince Gabriel, 3.
The new baby is seventh in line to the throne and the eighth grandchild for King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia.
The baby’s names and duchy will be announced by his grandfather at a cabinet meeting on March 28th 2021 alongside Crown Princess Victoria who is now recovered from Covid-19. King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia and Prince Carl Philip will also attend a Te Deum that morning at the Chapel of the Royal Palace.
This child will be the first grandchild of the King to be born without the style of Royal Highness. In October 2019, the King revoked the style of Royal Highness from the children of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia and the children of Princess Madeleine and Chris O’Neill. The children are also no longer members of the Royal House but remain members of the Royal Family. This was done to slim down the monarchy and to lessen the pressure on the children as they will not be expected to work for the Royal Family once they are adults.
A christening for the new royal baby will be held in the next few months. It may be different than previous royal christenings due to the pandemic and restrictions in Sweden at that time. Announcements on this will be made in due course.