19 April 2016

Sweden: Royal birth

The Marshal of the Realm announced tonight that Princess Sofia, wife of Prince Carl Philip, had given birth at Danderyd Hospital in Danderyd municipality, Stockholm County, earlier in the evening:
The Marshal of the Realm is delighted to announce that HRH Princess Sofia gave birth to a healthy child on April 19 at 6.25 p.m. at Danderyd hospital.

Both mother and child are in good health.

Svante Lindqvist  Marshal of the Realm
More details, like the gender, length and weight, were left to the press conference which Prince Carl Philip held at 21.30.

At the press conference the proud father could inform that he and Princess Sofia had become parents to a boy, who was born at 18.28, weighed 3595 grams and was 49 cm long. In the press statement released soon after the gender was announced, the time of birth was still given as 18.25, but Prince Carl Philip said loud and clear that the time was 18.28. Not that 3 minutes' difference is that important, but for the record... Midwife Anna Ståhl and birth doctor Sophia Brismar Wendel assisted at the birth. They also assisted at the birth of Prince Nicolas (the son of Princess Madeleine and Chris O'Neill) in 2015.

The newborn prince is no. 5 in the line of succession to the Swedish throne, after his father Carl Philip, but before his aunt Princess Madeleine. The prince is King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia's third grandson and fifth grandchild.

Prince Carl Philip married Sofia Hellqvist on 13 June 2015. The pregnancy was announced on 15 October 2015.

As far as I understand it, and as mentioned by Aftonbladet, the Council of State, in which the name of the prince and his dukedom, will be announced on Wednesday 20 April 2016 (to be confirmed).*

The Swedish prime minister Stefan Löfven sent his congratulations soon after the birth was announced:
– Mina varmaste gratulationer till prinsessan Sofia och prins Carl Philip som i dag har blivit föräldrar. Jag önskar dem all lycka, säger statsminister Stefan Löfven.
(– My warmest congratulations to Princess Sofia and Prince Carl Philip who today have become parents. I wish them all happiness, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven says.)
* Postscript 19 April 2016 at 23:50: After my article above was published, it was announced that the Konselj (Council of State) will take place on Thursday 21 April 2016 at 11.15 a.m.


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