Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Swedish crown princess expecting heir

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, 34, and her husband Prince Daniel are expecting their first child in March, the royal court announced. Sweden's 1980 succession laws mean that the child regardless of sex will be Sweden's presumed future sovereign. If it's a girl, I personally would like to see the baby named Christina (II), in honour of the eccentric 17th-century queen regnant; I would expect a boy to be named either Carl (XVII) or Gustaf (VII), though Oscar (III) is another Bernadotte possibility. In any case congratulations are in order and I am sure that many Swedes will celebrate the impending happy event, which should take attention away from some of the negative publicity that has surrounded the Swedish monarchy recently.

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