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23 February 2012

First Baby For Swedish Crown Princess

baby photoEarly this morning Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria gave birth to her first child, a daughter. The little girl is the second in line to the Swedish throne, so she will have a royal upbringing to one day take over the responsibilities as the Queen of Sweden.

Ceremonial duties only
Sweden's monarch is primarily a figurehead, representing the country as the head of state but with no actual power. Most Swedes want to keep the royal family, but in the last years more and more have called for transfer to a republic. The Crown Princess however is respected among the monarchists and republicans alike.

Popular Crown Princess
Victoria,  is next in line to the throne, currently held by her father, King Carl XVI Gustaf. Sweden changed the constitution in 1980, three years after Victoria was born, to allow the eldest child to become the heir apparent and inherite the throne, regardless of gender. Before that female children were excluded form succession. Victoria married Daniel, a commoner, in June 2010, and the couple is very popular among the Swedes.

Summer neighbours in Borgholm
The Swedish Royal family has its summer residence at Solliden very near to the head office of kalmstrom.com Business Solutions, and it is expected that Victoria and Daniel will build a separate villa on the property now that the baby is born. The town of Borgholm celebrates Victoria’s birthday every year. with the whole royal family being present, and I guess the festivities will be even more popular this summer.

Comment 27 February: the image above is one of three first published photos, when baby Estelle was four days old.