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“Both the crown princess and Daniel have been adamant that they should receive the same care as everyone else,” Nordstrom told The Associated Press, adding there were no complications during the delivery.

The popularity of the royal family in general and Victoria in particular helps explain why the centuries-old monarchy has survived even though the concept of inherited privilege runs counter to the egalitarian character of modern Swedish society.

Voices calling for a republic have been emboldened, however, following an unauthorized biography of the king in 2010 that claimed he had seedy nightclub visits and an extramarital affair.

A close friend of the king caused him further embarrassment when he was caught on tape negotiating with mobsters in an apparent attempt to keep unflattering information about the king’s entourage from the public.

The Swedish Republican Association, which calls for the monarchy to be abolished, sent its congratulations to Victoria and Daniel while still urging Parliament to change the constitution “for the good of the child and of Sweden.”

The Swedish monarchy rests on traditions stretching back to the end of the Viking age more than 1,000 years ago. The current dynasty, however, was founded in 1810, when French marshal Jean Baptiste Bernadotte was elected as successor to the throne.

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Associated Press writer Karl Ritter contributed to this report.

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