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The cabinet of Sweden met today in honor of the birth of Crown Princess Victoria’s son, and his names were announced. His full style and title is His Royal Highness Prince Oscar Carl Olof, Duke of Skåne.

The announcement from the Royal Court can be read here.

The announcement does not explain who he is named after, but Oscar is the name of a small number of Swedish kings. Carl is not only the name of Victoria’s father (Carl XVI Gustaf), and brother (Prince Carl Philip) but is probably the most common name of Swedish kings – especially in the Bernadotte dynasty, but going back to at least 1550 and Carl IX. (King Carl IX was actually only the third king named Carl, but called himself Carl IX because of a fictional history of Swedish Kings. Every Swedish King Carl after him kept the count going anyway.) Olof is Prince Daniel’s first name (Prince Olof Daniel Westling Bernadotte), but also the name of the second King of Sweden, Olof Skötkonung, who reigned in the late 900s.

The ducal titles in Sweden are mostly in name only, and only high-ranking members of the Swedish Royal Family are given them. The names are taken from the historical provinces of Sweden (though most of these historical provinces don’t exist as such anymore); the last Duke of Skåne was King Gustaf VI Adolf, Prince Oscar’s great-great-grandfather.

Länge leve Prins Oscar!
(Long live Prince Oscar!)

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