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.
“My feelings are a bit all over the place,” he said, switching to English mid-sentence.
“When I left the room, the little princess was sleeping on her mother’s chest and they were looking very cozy,” he continued in Swedish, folding his arms as if cradling a baby.
Victoria, 34, is next in line to the throne held by her father since 1973. Sweden changed the constitution in 1980, three years after Victoria was born, to allow the eldest heir to inherit the throne regardless of gender. Before that female heirs were excluded.
Swedish media proclaimed the royal birth with bold headlines and live broadcasts Thursday from the hospital, where dozens of reporters gathered after the Royal Court confirmed after midnight that Victoria had checked into the hospital.
The court announced the birth on its website and on its Facebook page, where it also published the first picture of the couple carrying the newborn in a baby carrier. It said the family returned to Haga Castle later Thursday and the king plans to announce the girl’s name at a ceremony Friday.
Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt congratulated the couple, noting that Sweden stands before “a new era of queens.” Sweden’s last female monarch was Queen Ulrika Eleonora, who ruled for just one year until 1720.
As is custom when an heir to the throne is born, the Swedish Armed Forces celebrated the news with two 21-gun salutes at noon in Stockholm and other cities.
Like in neighboring Scandinavian countries, Sweden’s monarch is primarily a figurehead, representing the country as the head of state but with powers limited to ceremonial functions. One of the Swedish monarch’s most prominent duties is to hand out the prestigious Nobel Prizes at an annual awards ceremony in December.
Victoria is widely admired by Swedes for being down-to-earth and unassuming. She and Prince Daniel have often ventured out of their lakeside palace for a stroll in a nearby park, abeit with security guards in tow.
Dr. Lennart Nordstrom, who was present during the delivery, said the royal couple had requested that they not receive any special treatment.View Entire Story
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