27 March 2021

A royal birth in Sweden ... and a birth in England too!

The Marshal of the Realm announced on Friday 26 March 2021 the birth of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden's third child, a boy:

The Office of The Marshal of the Realm is delighted to announce that Her Royal Highness Princess Sofia gave birth to a healthy boy on Friday the 26th March 2021 at 11.19 a.m. at Danderyd Hospital.

Both mother and child are in good health.

Fredrik Wersäll

Marshal of the Realm

The pregnancy was announced on 11 December 2020. The little prince, who is the 8th grandchild of King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, entered the world as no. 7 in the line of succession to the Swedish throne. Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia's other  childen are Prince Alexander, born in 2016, and Prince Gabriel, born in 2017. The royal birth was marked by a salute with 21 shots at noon today.

The King's decision in 2019 to «downsize» the Swedish Royal House means that the newborn boy will not be styled Royal Highness. A Council of State will be held at The Royal Palace in Stockholm on Sunday 28 March 2021 in which the name and ducal title will be revealed. One the same day there will also be a church service – a Te Deum – in connection with Princess Sofia's delivery.

Zara Tindall, wife of Mike Tindall and daughter of the Princess Royal (Princess Anne of the United Kingdom), gave birth to her third child, a boy, on Sunday 21 March 2021. The boy arrived so quickly that he was deliveded at home on the bathroom floor. The Tindall family's home is at Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire, England. The boy, who is no. 22 in the line of succession to the British throne, has received the name Lucas Philip Tindall. The second name Philip was obviously chosen in honour of Mike's father and Zara's grandfather. Zara and Mike Tindall's other children are Mia, born in 2014, and Lena, born in 2018. The baby is Princesse Anne's fifth grandchild and Queen Elizabeth's 10th great-grandchild.

I had intended to write about the birth in England earlier, but I am just too busy at work these days due to the pandemic. Hopefully tomorrow I will be able to follow up with a blog article after the Council of State in Sweden. 

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