Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, 34, is expecting her first child


Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria is knocked up! YAY! Royal babies. It was back in June of last year that Victoria married gym-owner Daniel Westling after they had dated for nine years. Daniel became Prince Daniel, and by most accounts, he’s been doing very well as a member of Swedish royal family over the past 14 months or so. And now he “did his duty” and knocked up his wife. Huzzah!

A new royal baby is on the horizon.

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden is expecting her first child in the spring, the Swedish palace has confirmed.

Victoria, 34, and former personal trainer Daniel Westling, 37, got married just over a year ago, in June 2010. In April, they were among the royal guests at the wedding of William and Kate at London’s Westminster Abbey.

“Their Royal Highnesses the Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel are happy to announce that the Crown Princess is expecting their first child,” the palace said in a statement. “The birth is expected to take place in March of 2012. No changes in the schedule of the Crown Princess’s public engagements are planned during the fall of 2011.”

[From People]

I like Victoria a great deal, and I like that she and Daniel seem to be pretty low-key, serving their country at home and abroad with little muss or fuss. Daniel seems like a nice guy, and I hope their pregnancy goes well and everybody is happy and healthy the whole way through. Also: Daniel and I have the same eyeglass frames, I think. His look better!

By the way, do you think Victoria just stole Duchess Kate’s baby-thunder? (Sidenote: “Baby Thunder” should be the name of a band. Or a baby blog.) I don’t know what to think about Kate’s fertility and whether she’s already pregnant or whatever. I think Kate will get pregnant within her first year of marriage, but I don’t think it’s happening yet.




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  1. lucy2 says:

    Band name, or a celebrity baby name. I can see someone like Mariah announcing little Baby Thunder Cannon if they were to have more kids!

    Anyway, congrats to the happy couple!

  2. Bermuda Blues says:

    Aww, They are very cute together! I quite like Victoria’s style in the bottom three photographs. Her style is sophisticated, fashionable – yet refined.

    As for Duchess Kate – I think she’s still too thin to be pregnant. She needs to gain “a stone” and then she’ll be ready to concieve a bouncing bald Windsor baby.

  3. Mika says:

    I love Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel. They’re so easy to like. I just wish they would both ease up on the hair gel.

    As for Kate’s “baby thunder” yeah… a lot of people are unaware that Sweden even HAS a royal family, so I wouldn’t worry about it.

    I’m not sure if Kate and Wills will get knocked up right away. First of all, William doesn’t seem to be in a hurry, he seems to be enjoying his work and his life and he’s never really let himself be rushed into any royal protocol (he’s sort of the anti-Charles in that respect). I also don’t think Kate’s in a hurry either. Not to be a bitch but keeping your body in starvation mode doesn’t seem like a great prenatal plan.

  4. Hey hey says:

    I doubt with that low weight Kate even has her period.

  5. Katie says:

    BABY THUNDER!!!!! 😀

    That is all.

    …Okay, maybe not. My thoughts on Victoria: I don’t know too much about her, but from what I’ve seen I like that she always appears very calm and happy. I also like that (unlike Duchess Waity) she doesn’t think she has to be a 100-lb twig to be pretty. Victoria may not be a total bombshell, but she always looks relatable. I wish them lots of happiness!! Victoria beat Wills and married a (well-trained!) commoner first, and now she’s got Kate beat as well. I just find it funny, like it’s some secret royal game.

    My opinion of Raccoon McWaity deteriorated after some snark she pulled during her tour of North America. Something about how whoever was asking her what she was wearing should know already. Obviously she would be aware of people following her fashion choices, but I dunno. It just seemed like a bitchy remark to me, I wish I could remember the wording.

  6. Mia says:

    I like Daniel & Victoria! They are so low key. They look very much in love with each other. Congratulations to them!

    @Katie: Victoria had an eating disorder, so we’ll probably never see her dropping pounds like Duchess Kate ever again. She’s got a healthy view about her body now.

  7. Kaiser says:

    Katie – Yeah, what Mia said! Victoria had problems in her late teens/early 20s, which she has discussed and tried to use as a “teachable moment” for young women. Meanwhile, Kate just collapsed from the weight of one lettuce leaf.

  8. bros says:

    oooh goody gumdrops! this just puts the icing on my obsession cake with the nordic stuff! wallander and van veeteren and dragon tattoo and now pregnant swedish royalty!

  9. Kellie says:

    Now these two, I like. William and Kate, not so much. Victoria has great style and she seems geniune and I love how she doesnt starve herself down to what society considers a perfect body type. I wish them the best and a healthy baby.

  10. bluhare says:

    She was absolutely beautiful on her wedding day.

    Yeah, I like them as well. Good on ya, Vic!!

  11. AE says:

    I’m happy for Victoria and Daniel. They always look like they so much in love with one another. Victoria will be a great Queen for Sweden. She’s a lot smarter than her father.

  12. bitchbelying says:

    Well if Rachel Zoe can get knocked up, pretty sure Waity Katey can too.

  13. Katie says:

    @Mia & Kaiser – I didn’t know that!! Good for her. Like I said, I know very little about this pair aside from the fitness-trainer-becoming-a-prince story. Kate’s not that much younger than Victoria, I really hope she reverts back to the healthier body she used to have soon. I personally thought she looked much better then, and since she’s starving herself down to nothing, I cringe at the impact that must be having on the millions of girls that idolize her.

  14. Goofpuff says:

    Victoria is a more experienced woman than Kate. She already had her fight with the dreaded eating disorder and won. Victoria is very smart, has more interests than modeling clothes, and is prepared to rule a country. She knows who she is and where she is going. Kate is still growing up after putting her life on hold waiting for Wills.

    Victoria is happy, in love with a man who adores her, and starting a family. My husband thinks her husband is awesome for sporting nerdy glasses.

  15. BW says:

    He looks like Matt Damon.

  16. danielle says:

    I think Princess Victoria is beautiful and a great weight.

  17. Lila says:

    Oh Waity. Womb watch is going to go into overdrive following this.

    Congrats to Victoria. They seem like a normal relatable couple.

  18. RobN says:

    Very healthy, yada, yada, yada, but those are some weird boobs she’s got there.

  19. Amy says:

    They were together 9 years? I realize Daniel already had a job unlike Kate but still (and you can bet he is no longer actively involved in the gyms that he owns)! Talk about a double standard for non royal women dating royal men.

    But they are cute and hope she has a healthy pregnancy.

  20. Gwen says:

    I’m so happy they’re expecting! Not only do they seem like a really sweet couple, but also this keeps her no good lazy littlebrother with a pornstar girlfriend away from the throne. Go Vickan!

  21. Rachel says:


    WHAT?? I’m going to need to hear more about this brother with the pornstar girlfriend, it’s sounds juicy!

  22. Mi says:

    Basically Victorias younger brother, Carl Philip is dating Sofia Hellqvist, a former glamour model, Miss Slitz 2004 and an participant in Paradise Hotel (where she reached the final!). She has also worked as a yoga teacher in New York and later she did volunteer work in Ghana.

  23. werty says:

    Mi: But on some pics he looks just like Orlando Bloom so hes not all bad.

    Its shallow but still..
    *Hangs head in shame*

  24. Steve says:

    This is great news for the royal couple and the Swedish people. I hope they have a healthy and beautiful family.

    I don’t understand this need to knock down the Duchess of Cambridge. If you look back at her early pictures as a young girl, you will see that Her Royal Highness was always on the thin side, tall and very athletic. When she got into university, she was became a tad chubby but as she became older her body slimmed back down some. The Duchess look very healthy today and happy and i’m sure when it’s her time to have a baby she will be ready.

    It’s so dumb for people to criticize these public figures so harshly about their weight. I’m sure if the Duchess was a tad on the heavy side, people would be slamming her for not visiting the gym on a regular bases.

    Again, congratulations to the Crown Princess and Prince. Shame on those who are using this happy news to put down another person.

  25. Gwen says:

    @Rachel & @Mi: Sofia is so sleazy. She has posed nude in very tacky photos several times – I think the first were taken when she was 16 or something. After she got together with CP she has tried to get more princess-y: she went to South Africa teaching children to dance (?), sold lip gloss to support that charity and now she’s selling yoga clothes using her connection to the royals.

    Carl Phillip is quite a handsome young man but that seems to be all he’s got going for him.. well that and the titel 😉

  26. JulieM says:

    Glad others have already mentioned that Victoria had an eating disorder a number of years ago. In fact, was it not through Daniel’s gym and training programs that she found her way back? I seem to recall that. No wonder she loves him for the whole world to see. Good for them!

    Weightless Kateless-doubt she can even get pregnant. Time will tell. I still can’t believe there are people who think Kate is healthy.

  27. mecccii says:

    I agree with @Steve! Why all the venom towards Kate and her weight? Maybe she is so thin because of all the stress of being under the spotlight AND being called Waity Kate AND being picked apart for every single move she makes. Seriously, that nickname is lame and should be retired.

  28. Violet says:

    I don’t think it’s about stealing anyone’s baby thunder. They probably stopped using birth control after the wedding, and could’ve just as easily gotten pregnant months ago.

    In any case, they seem like a really nice couple so this is terrific news!

  29. Anne de Vries says:

    Is it me or is that a really early announcement?

    (happy for them though. They come across as a lovely couple)

  30. Mi says:

    @mecccii I agree I can’t understand why people seem to hate Kate so much. And I also agree about the nickname Waity Katie, I think it’s time to retire it. Let’s be little more grown up.

  31. benny says:

    Here’s one princess I really like – she looked so beautiful on her wedding day. And from what little we hear about her, seems smart, down to earth, and takes her responsibilities seriously. Also, kudos to Sweden for getting rid of the outdated male preference primogeniture that other, more backwards, countries still use.

    And too bad they can’t find a way to disqualify the 200 or so people ahead of her for the British throne so she could be Queen of England too, instead of those in-bred and sickly looking Windsors. Now THAT I’d like to see.

  32. Nanea says:

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed for healthy Bernadotte babies.

    As far as I remember, Daniel had to have a kidney transplant ahead of the wedding. He used to look quite bloated at times because of the immuno-suppressant drugs.

  33. Tiffany says:

    @ Amy. Are you comparing an employed person to someone who sole purpose for nine years was to bea ‘Professional girlfriend’. I thought that Daniel owned the health clubs and worked for awhile before the engagement. I think if he was anything like Kate, he would have been cruxified in the press.

  34. Mia says:

    If Daniel hadn’t worked before the marriage and hadn’t taken on duties after the marriage, he would have been crucified. People would have called him a gold digger.

  35. Poppy says:

    Victoria is a lovely person, you never hear anything other than praise for her, there is a great video on line somewhere of her wedding rehersal, so funny. She is godmother to lots of the other Scandinavian baby princes and princesses who were bridesmaids and pageboys at the wedding and you could tell that they all just utterly loved her , constant hugs and kisses and laughs all round, she is obviously a hands on godmother so I can see her being a great mother.

    …..and yes it is Daniel that she credits with getting her over her bulimia/anorexia.

    The gossip is that the King wasn’t all that hot on the idea of Daniel marrying Victoria, but after nine years and Victoria never looking like choosing anyone else he gave in eventually and is quite pleased now, especially considering the romantic semi-scandals of her sister and brother

  36. Amy says:

    I realize Daniel was working when he met Victoria (that’s even how they met). But I always think non royal women who marry into royal families always get more flack simply for being women. None of you probably remember this but when Princess Letizia (of Spain) got engaged to Prince Felipe, she was scrutinized in the press for being previously divorced (she had previously worked as a tv news anchor). She is well liked now but there’s always something.

  37. Jingo Jango says:

    O yeah.

  38. Marimar says:

    Yay for Victoria and Daniel! Hope her pregnancy goes well!

    @ Amy – Letizia was criticized mainly because Spain is still majorly Catholic, regardless that divorce there is legal. However, her past nowadays isn’t seen as a hindrance. Few people in Spain care about it. The only ones who keep on bringing it up over and over are those who could never approve of her in the first place, citing her career as a news anchor to call her a bitch, to insulting her grandpa being a taxi driver and her background coming from a low-middle class family.

    I think Daniel is not so much criticized now because right off the bat, he came off as a decent guy who had a decent job. It also helped that he and Victoria had been together for a long time and that he helped her get through her illness. Their relationship seemed a love match from the start.

    It wasn’t always praises for Daniel, though. Jonas Bergstrom, Princess Madeleine’s ex-fiance, used to be seen as “better” than Daniel because of his good looks and his high-profile job. I’ve read on some forums that people doubted Daniel’s sincerity, and that he could be a gold-digger because of his looks (Daniel isn’t conventionally handsome for many people).

    Turned out Jonas was cheating on Madde and keeps on giving out interviews about their failed relationship. He turned out to be a douchebag while Daniel, who people thought was a nerd and a dodgy/creepy guy, turned out to be the nicer, more supportive, and loving husband.

    I do agree that women are still held to different standards than men. Many people still expect commoner-brides to have pristine pasts, and when they find out that so-and-so Princess had a past, they start criticizing, no matter that the Princess, who was once a commoner, was also a private citizen and could not have expected herself to marry into royalty someday. It’s ridiculous, because it’s hard to find women nowadays who haven’t had a past of some sort what with the more liberal ways of our society and women becoming more independent and taking charge of their own careers/bodies/image.

    Princesses like Mathilde of Belgium, who is an aristocrat and a devout Catholic, are well-liked by royal watchers because she seems so pure and had no past, while someone like Mette-Marit used to be called lots of insulting names for having a son out of wedlock and for being a waitress and a party-goer when she met Prince Haakon.

  39. Andie B says:

    If Posh Spice can get pregnant, so can Kate, and I’m sure she will. I predict a pregnancy announcement before Kate’s 30th birthday. Congrats to Princess Victoria and her husband. Hope it all goes well for them.

  40. eternalcanadian says:

    Now this is awesome news! I like this royal couple a bit more than the other one from England. I think because this is the other way around. The guy is the “commonor” marrying the future Queen of Sweden.

    Funny how these two dated as long as William and Catherine did, but no one dissed either for waiting that long or called Daniel “Delayed Danny” (or something catchy like Waity Katie”).

    I do think William and Catherine will be jumping on the pregnancy bandwagon soon as I can’t see Catherine letting someone else hog the limelight from her. 😛

  41. Matt says:

    Congrats!!!! I think this relationship is here to stay! 🙂