Yesterday we learned that Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden had given birth to her first child, a daughter. As promised, today the baby’s grandfather, King Carl XVI Gustaf announced his granddaughter’s name and title.
Sweden’s newest princess and future queen has been named Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary, Duchess of Ostergotland. As Victoria’s first-born child, she is second in line to the throne.
Estelle, is unusual in Sweden and took royal watchers by surprise. It was the name of the wife of the king’s godfather, Count Folke Bernadotte, a U.N. mediator in the Israeli-Arab conflict who was assassinated in Jerusalem in 1948. Silvia is the name of Victoria’s mother and Ewa is Daniel’s mother’s name. Mary is not common in the Swedish royal family. The king didn’t explain the reasoning behind the names.
“We have now been given a little Princess Estelle in Sweden and we are all, particularly me and the family, very, very happy and joyful for that,” he said.
The court’s Mistress of the Robes, Alice Trolle-Wachtmeister, described the newborn princess as a “spitting image” of her mother Victoria.
Source: The Associated Press