Swedish royal couple expecting first baby
by FFE EU News staff
Swedish royal couple Princess Madeleine and her husband Christopher O’Neill have announced on Tuesday that they are expecting their first child. A statement on the Royal Court’s official website said that the birth is to take place on early March 2014.
The Swedish Royal Couple on their wedding day June 2013
Royal expert and editor of Kungliga Magazine Roger Lundgren said “Nothing boosts a royal family like a baby, it’s a bigger deal than a wedding.” He mentioned the excitement over the birth of baby George by British royals Prince William and Kate.
However, he said the birth may not make national headlines as did baby Estelle’s last year. Estelle is the daughter of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel and the second in line to the Swedish throne.
Princess Estelle with her parents
Princess Madeleine’s first child will be fifth in line to the throne, and Lundgren expects the baby will be raised more Swedish than American. But he added “We’re living in a very globalised world now, I guess it’s up to the king.”
He said that it remains unclear whether the baby will be christened with a Swedish or American name. “I’m not even going to start guessing about the name, we tried that with Estelle and we were all wrong,” he added.
The princess’ engagements with Queen Silvia’s charity organisation Childhood will continue through the fall of 2013.