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Princess Estelle has a little brother!

It was announced today that Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden has given birth to a boy. This is the second child for both Victoria and Prince Daniel, and the fourth grandchild for King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia. Both Victoria and the little prince are doing well.

Daniel spoke to the press at a small press call (photo above) to share about his new son. He said that everything went well and little Princess Estelle – who turned 4 last week – was asleep at the time, so she’ll wake up to find out she has a little brother.

Sometime later this week – perhaps as early as tomorrow – King Carl Gustaf will meet with his cabinet to reveal the baby’s name and dukedom.

Sweden has absolute (aka gender-blind) primogeniture, which means that Estelle cannot lose her place in the succession after her mother (who – since the succession law went into effect in 1980 – will also succeed to the throne of Sweden ahead of her younger brother). The new little prince is now third in line behind his mother, Crown Princess Victoria, and Estelle, and ahead of his uncle Prince Carl Philip.

Today was a day of mixed emotions in the Swedish Royal Family, as it was announced earlier in the day that Johann Georg Prince von Hohenzollern, husband of Carl Gustaf’s sister Princess Birgitta, passed away at the age of 83. My thoughts go out to Princess Birgitta and her family.

Grattis till Victoria, Daniel, och Estelle! (Congratulations to Victoria, Daniel and Estelle!)

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