Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden gave birth to a baby boy last night, the Swedish Court has announced.
On 2nd March at 8:28 pm local time, Victoria and husband Daniel welcomed a son into the world at Karolinska hospital in Stockholm. This is the same hospital in which Victoria, 38, was born, as well as the couple’s daughter, Princess Estelle, who is 4.
Mother and baby are doing fine, with a weight of approximately 8lb, and is 52cm in length. Prince Daniel was present at the birth and even cut the cord of the newborn.
A few hours after the birth, Prince Daniel, 42, met with media at the hospital and told around 30 journalists and photographers the news and their happiness.
“Everyone is obviously very happy,” he said. “I haven’t had time to feel yet how it feels to be a father of two, but it obviously feels good.”
He revealed that he cried as his son was brought into the world, as he did with his daughter in 2012, and that he and Victoria had decided to not know the sex of the baby. The pregnancy was announced in September, and the Crown Princess was performing engagements until about a week ago.
Princess Estelle was asleep at the time of the birth and will be told first thing in the morning, her father said, adding: “Estelle is of course really enthusiastic and happy about being a big sister.”
The new addition is now third-in-line to the throne after his mother and sister, and his name will be announced when King Carl XVI Gustaf meets with the Cabinet, expected to be tomorrow; his title will also be known.
A Te Deum thanksgiving service will be held in the Royal Chapel at Stockholm Palace to celebrate the arrival of the Prince.
Victoria’s sister-in-law Princess Sofia, 31, is expecting her first child with husband Prince Carl Philip, 36, next month.