Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria gives birth to a “very cute princess”

Yay! I kind of forgot that Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria was pregnant, so it came as such a pleasant surprise this morning when I saw that Victoria had given birth. Victoria and her husband, Prince Daniel (a commoner and former personal trainer), announced her pregnancy last August. Daniel was allowed to come out and speak to the press after Victoria gave birth overnight… to a girl! Yay! Victoria will be queen of Sweden after her father, and now her daughter is second in line to the throne. Sweden doesn’t make it all about the male heirs – whomever is born first is next in line to the throne! Anyway, Prince Daniel seemed really sweet and really proud when he spoke to the press, describing his daughter as “a very cute princess.”

Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria has given birth to the first royal baby in three decades. Her husband, Prince Daniel, announced the birth of his daughter this morning. Daniel said the baby was born overnight at 4:26 a.m. (0326 GMT) at the Karolinska University Hospital in Solna, a suburb of Stockholm.

The emotional prince held up his hands to show how big she was, said she tipped the scales at 7lb 3oz. Mother and child are doing well.

The baby girl is now second in line to the throne of Sweden, as the first grandchild of the king and queen, the court said on its website. Her mother is first.

The father, Prince Daniel — the former personal trainer of the crown princess — was present at the Karolinska hospital in Stockholm during the birth, the court said.

The child’s name will be announced Friday or Saturday, her father said.

Visibly moved, the prince described the baby as “a very cute princess” in an appearance on Swedish television Thursday morning.

“Well, when I came down from the room, the little princess was laying on her mother’s chest, and it looked like they were having a very cozy time, so it was hard to take my eyes off them,” he said on CNN affiliate TV4.

“The Crown Princess is feeling fantastic, she is so happy and everything has worked out well and the little daughter and the Crown Princess are feeling very well,” he said.

Admitting he was “very nervous” during the birth, he said “everything has worked out well,” and thanked the hospital staff for the “wonderful care they have provided us.”

“And I would also like to thank everyone who for the last nine months have shared our joy, which we have really appreciated,” he said.

He added that his father-in-law, King Carl XVI Gustaf, and mother-in-law, Queen Silvia, ‘are very happy’ about the birth.

In August last year, the Royal Court announced that Victoria was pregnant and expected to give birth in early 2012. Victoria, 34, is next in line to the throne. Her father has been king since 1973. The Swedish monarch is primarily a figurehead, representing the country as the head of state but without political power.

The royal family has recently been shrouded in controversy. In 2010 a book claimed that King Carl XVI Gustaf had a playboy lifestyle. The King denied the allegations in a rare interview in May 2011 but also apologised for undermining trust in the monarchy. It is hoped that a new royal baby will restore the Swedish people’s faith in the monarchy.

[From The Mail & CNN]

So sweet. I’m not aware of any controversy surrounding Victoria and Daniel – they were another couple (like Prince William and Kate Middleton) who waited years and years to marry. But unlike Will and Kate, Daniel seemed to spend his time, pre-royal engagement, in heavy royal training, and he hit the ground running as soon as they were married. I really like Daniel – he seems like a really good guy, and they seem solid as a couple. I’m so happy they had a princess!!

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Lilla says:


  2. paola says:

    Victoria is such a well educated, refined and polite princess, she’s always lived low profile and been publicly talking about her eating disorder helping with her experience many young girls. I wish them both the best, and congratulations for the new arrival!

    • molly says:

      I second that! I met Victoria and Daniel last year and they are such a cute and kind couple. They are what a royal couple should be. Congrats to them! I cant wait to hear what they named her!

  3. Rianic says:

    I love her!

  4. Sofia R says:

    Hello From Sweden!

    I thought it might be nice for you american people to know that the royal couple actually requested and got the same obgyn and hospital care as everyone else in Sweden, The only special thing was that they got a private room instead of sharing it with another mother when the delivery was done.

    Victoria also went to communal school and not private.

    • inthekitchen says:

      Thanks for that update Sofia. They both seem like really down-to-earth, hardworking royals (unlike some Waity-princesses!).

      Congrats on the new wee Swedish princess! Can’t wait to see pictures and find out her name.

    • Jackie says:

      how refreshing. good for them. i have always wanted to visit sweden. one day!

    • Flan says:

      A lot more class and a lot less entitlement than Beyonce and Jay-Z then.

  5. Astrid says:

    Nice story.

  6. shannon says:

    Yay! I’m half-Swedish, love those two, congrats to them 🙂

  7. Asli says:


    This was the most romantic speech by Daniel! It was at their wedding:


    • kpist says:

      Wow, that was beautiful. They look so cute together. I loved it when he said a princess kissed not quite a frog….

    • Vanden says:

      What a beautiful romantic speech! I loved how he recalled when Victoria had to go to China for a royal engagement and she was up all night writing him a letter for every night that she would be away.

      They are an adorable couple and the love in Victoria’s eyes while he said his speech was enough to melt even my stone heart lol.

      Congratulations to them!

    • wenderwoman says:

      Thank you for sharing that Asli. His speech was beautiful!

  8. GoodCapon says:

    Congratulations to the couple! THere is a new photo on the RF’s official FB account

    And I agree with you Kaiser. You’ve got to love Daniel. No kid gloves for him, he puts Kate to shame.

  9. fancyamazon says:

    Aww, that’s nice 🙂

  10. Bermuda Blues says:

    So cute! How sweet to hear those details from the proud new dad.

    And its just SO awesome that Sweden puts equality of the sexes before the old tradition of male preference.

    • Nanea says:

      Sweden only changed their constitution after Victoria and Carl Philip were born, so that the first-born succeeds.

      • Bermuda Blues says:

        But they changed it. As has England. As has Denmark. As have most of the Northern European countries. The human rights principle of gender equality has only recently begun to be enforced. Its just nice to see it in action in Sweden, the parents get to be just as happy about their little princess as they would be if they’d had a little prince.

  11. dorothy says:

    Everyone loves a princess. Congrats to all of them.

  12. birdie says:

    Congratulations!! They are my favorite royal couple, he adores her so much and she deserves it! She will be a great queen. So happy for them.

  13. Kathy says:

    I like tham a lot, too. When he smiles, in those glasses, he looks a tiny bit like Austin Powers. Much happiness to them all.

    • GoodCapon says:

      I’m not too keen on his glasses, but he’s so cute that he gets a pass from me 😉

      • BabyCakes says:

        I think so too! I like the nerdy glasses look. I bet he’s even hotter when he takes them off… meow! My current nerd crush is Hans Hvidberg-Hansen, the drummer for Oh Land. He makes me salivate.

  14. Annie says:

    Interestingly Victoria reminds me of a fuller figured Victoria Beckham.

  15. Lem says:

    I love how many times he called the baby princess. It made me giggle. Probably had more to do with her not having a name yet or her name not being released yet. Still, it made me giggle. How many of us call our daughters princess??

    • Emma says:

      Well, she IS a princess. He also refers to Victoria as “Crownprincess Victoria” or “Princess Victoria”, as that is her title…

      • Lem says:

        True. I just think it sounds cute. It has the potential to sound stuffy, I guess. But, reading it, in my head, it just sounds so sweet.

  16. TheOriginalVictoria says:

    I heart Daniel and Victoria. The Royal Forums are all abuzz and they were doing serious womb watching over this woman. I love these two.

    And Beyonce, this is how you have a baby as a public figure in a public hospital you narcissistic dumbyouknowwhat: Respectfully and gracefully.

  17. Ravensdaughter says:

    I love that Sweden booted the male heir thing, too. The new dad does look excited!

  18. AE says:

    Love them both. They are so down to earth & perfect for one another. His speech at the wedding was so sweet and his father’s speech was so good, too. Daniel was very cute this morning, too! And Victoria is a real trooper!! She worked through all her pregnancy, had her last engagement on the 21st, went into labor on the 22nd, had the baby on the 23rd and is out of the hospital already. I think she’ll be back to work pretty quickly.

  19. tango says:

    Ahh, congratulations! I look forward to seeing a photo of the new little princess and learning her name.

  20. ERM says:

    I adore this couple because they seem to adore each other ! Congrats, can’t wait to hear what they name their daughter.

  21. Momo says:

    Aw those pics where he’s showing how big she is are adorable.

  22. Tiffany says:

    I don’t know why I just like these two so much. Maybe compared to Will and Waity these two are adults who happen to be royals. Daniel had his thing going on and the monarch did not use the excuse of him being a commoner for not being involved in royal activites. It’s like they knew Daniel was there to stay. All around good news. Cannot wait to see photos.

  23. Suze says:

    Awwww…. a cute little princess. And I’m glad it’s a girl (usually I don’t give a hoot what people have, but in this case I like to see the crown handed from woman to woman.)

    The princess looked great pregnant.

  24. Aiobhan says:

    First, this couple is too cute to look at. I don’t follow European royalty at all but found that I had to come in this thread to comment on how dorky, sweet and “Swedish” Prince Daniel is. I love those glasses on him. Congrats on having a healthy baby.
    After reading that quote I just think that what a class act these two are. I usually don’t pay attention to European royalty because some of them seem to be pretentious, druggie douche lords with too much time to burn. I am from NJ by the way, so I know what this looks like. It is nice to read that some of them act normal despite the fact that they have a title.

    • Flan says:

      Druggie douche lords and the like are more the Monaco ones and their ancestors are pirates, so what do you expect? 😉

      Most of the below 50 royal men seem quite solid (though boring) and it’s usually the wives that provide some interest.

  25. Princess Lizabeth says:

    They seem really sweet and nice…as normal as royalty can be. I like them very much.

    He looks a bit like Stephen Merchant, doesn’t he?

  26. Petunia says:

    Isn’t she lucky that she gets to marry a nice, normal looking fellow, unlike the wife of Albert of Monaco? I can’t imagine getting romantic with Albert.

    And it’s nice that Daniel is excited about the birth. Congrats!

  27. Sachi says:

    I love these two as a couple and royals. So much love, support, and respect between them and they have dealt with a lot to be together.

    Victoria has always done her duties as Crown Princess well and Daniel has brought his excellent work ethic and dedication to doing his responsibilities to his role as Prince.

    They’re both very warm, kind-looking people.

    I still remember back in 2009 when their engagement was announced, and many royal forums had members going, “Why him? He looks so creepy/weird with those eyeglasses and hair gel.” while they gushed about Princess Madeleine’s handsome ex, Jonas. But then Jonas turned out to be a cheating jerk.

    And then Victoria’s wedding came, and Daniel gave one of the most heartfelt, romantic speeches ever, and all the Doubting Thomases changed their tunes.

    I wish their family the best!

    P.S. Not only did Victoria not ask for special treatment, but she gave birth at night then went home the next morning. No fuss, no spectacle, no big conference, no people cheering them on, etc. Just a simple photo of the couple with their newborn in a baby carrier.

  28. Relli says:

    Congrats! I love that they make the first born the heir no matter the gender!

    But when i saw this on the first page on my phone this AM, i thought it was a story about an ironic photo shoot with Rainn Wilson. Them are some Dwight Shrute glasses if i ever saw some.

    • Flan says:

      Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark and Luxembourg all have this system.

      Britain will have it from Kate and William onwards.

      Spain is behind the times.

      • Eleanor says:

        Spain is not behind the times. The problem in changing the law now is that Felipe would not inherit the throne, his oldest sister Elena would become queen. Once Felipe is king, then the law will be changed. Would I like to see the divorced Elena as queen? No.

  29. Jenny says:

    They are my absolute favorite royal couple. They seem really in love and I’m sure their baby is gorgeous.

  30. JM says:

    Congrats to the Royal family!!! Everyone loves a little princess.

    So Kaiser, since you gifted us with a Swedish thread, could we possibly get an Alexander Skarsgard update with yummy pictures too? I hear he’s attending the Independent Spirit Awards this weekend. PRETTY PLEASE???

  31. Vanden says:

    Awww that’s great news. Prince Daniel sounds like such a proud dad. Glad mother and baby are doing well. Adore those two

  32. DemoCat827 says:

    As much as I can “love” people whom I’ll never, ever meet, I LOVE them and wish them every happiness!

  33. C says:

    I lovw them as well. They seem so down to earth, and love qonquers.

    Prince Daniel has a very big And he´s intrested in health among children. The first ever interview he did was to a school newspaper.Tomorrow (feb 24)we will know the name of the little princess.Maybe it will be: Astrid, Eleonora, Josephine, Alice, Lovisa, kristina?? All we know is that the little one will have four names wich is common among royalties.

    • Sachi says:

      Astrid and Lovisa are my choices. Lovisa sounds so beautiful.

      No for Eleonora as a first name. It’s a beautiful name, but there is Infanta Leonor of Spain already, who is the future Queen of Spain after her father. Leonor will be a peer of Victoria’s daughter, who is also the heir after Victoria.

      Belgium has a Princess Eleonore born to the Crown Prince couple of Belgium, and Eleonore is also Victoria’s goddaughter. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Victoria’s godmother, has a granddaughter named Leonore.

      Josephine is the name of one of Denmark’s little princesses.

  34. C says:

    some of the text went missing. What i ment to say was that Prince Daniel has a very big heart and he´s intrested in health amng children 🙂

  35. Gwen says:

    They are such an adorable couple 😀 I’m so happy for them <3 Grattis Sverige!

  36. benny says:

    Victoria is my favorite princess, so cute. She’s well-educated, kind, and hard-working. That’s pretty much what a figure head needs to be. They also seem so happy together, not just married because that’s what is expected of her.

  37. Milla says:

    Some fun facts about prince Daniel:

    He was born on the same day (same year) as King Carl Gustav became a king.

    His dad held a speech, and the king Carl Gustav was there to listen (dont remeber if the queen was there too), long before V & D even met.

  38. Charz says:

    *Proud Swede* 🙂

  39. Em says:

    I really hate it when articles say ‘A personal trainer’ as his previous job description, he was much more than that, he owned three gyms in Stockholm, a successful business man, he was CEO of the Balance Company and on the board of directors of several other companies, he was never just a gym minion who got lucky.

    Born on the same day his future father in law became King of Sweden and now his wife and daughter will one day become Queens of Sweden, love it.

    • Belle says:

      Thank you Em, for the info about his career… I don’t really follow this couple a lot and didn’t know. I agree with you, referring to his ‘personal trainer’ profession seems a little disrespectful given that his resume includes quite a bit more than that!

      Very happy for this lovely couple, looking forward to hearing the new princess’s name!

  40. The Original Mia says:

    Aww…I’m so happy for them.

  41. nina grove says:

    uhmm…i was watching some morning talk show thingie,and the guy host said “yeah,we don´t know how much she´s opened already,or,at what state the pushing is”.i was like WTF,c´mon!the-line-goes-where-?

  42. bisolar says:

    I went in search of the English translation of the prince’s speech to his wife on their wedding and found this link.

    The expressions on her face as he said his speech moved me to tears.Incredibly moving.WAOH.

  43. C says:

    The name of the little princess will be: Estelle Eva Silvia Mary. King Carl Gustav did an interview just a couple of minutes ago.

    Eva is from prince Daniels mother, Silvia from the queen…

  44. C says:


    Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary (in that order). Estelle is from their french side of the family.

    • Sofia R says:

      Actually very modern and not a classic royal names everybody expected.

      A few royalists and higher ups are upset at the modern names they choose but Victoria and Daniel wanted to choose the names themselves and what had meaning for them 🙂 And not what convention dictaded.

      The closest Estelle in the royal family was Folke Bernadottes (Involved in, among other things to save jews during WW2) wife, Estelle Romanie Manville.

  45. Cleo says:

    I’m flabbergasted that Sweden’s King married the daughter of a big time Nazi! The Dutch Queen is actually the widow of a Nazi. WHAT is UP with Europe? JEEZUS.