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Victoria pregnant

The Local/AFP · 17 Aug 2011, 15:09

Published: 17 Aug 2011 15:09 GMT+02:00

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"Their Royal Highnesses The Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel are happy to announce that the Crown Princess is expecting their first child," the Royal Court wrote in a statement on Wednesday.

Swedish tabloids immediately jumped into a frenzy over the the news, which had been widely anticipated since Victoria's fairytale wedding to her former personal trainer Daniel Westling, now known as Prince Daniel, in June of 2010.

“This is simply fantastic news,” Roger Lundgren, previous editor of Queen magazine and expert on the Swedish royal family, told The Local.

According to the statement, the baby will be born in March 2012.

"The mother-to-be is doing well. No changes in the schedule of The Crown Princess' public engagements are planned during the fall of 2011," the court wrote.

"I have a lot to look forward to this autumn," a very happy Crown Princess told newspaper Aftonbladet on Wednesday.

According to Elisabeth Tarras-Wahlberg, former royal press secretary and at one time head of Crown Princess Victoria’s household, it has long been a dream of Victoria's to be a mother.

"Even in my time I witnessed how she was happy for her friends who had babies and how she delighted in her many god children," said Tarras-Wahlberg to TT.

Congratulatory greetings have been flooding in since the announcement.

"It is with great joy that I have been informed of the news that the Crown Princess and Prince Daniel are expecting a baby. You have a fantastic experience to look forward to and I want to send my warmest congratulations to you both," wrote prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt in a statement.

"What joyful news! Two fabulous people who are so very much in love and now get to share the joy of having a child together," wrote Centre Party leader Maud Olofsson after receiving the news.

Former Royal Court reporter, Sten Hedman, told news agency TT that he predicts great times ahead for the Royal family.

"The order of succession has been secured and the patter of tiny feet is much longed for after all the wretchedness surrounding the controversial biography on the King and the reports about Silvia's father. This feels refreshing," Hedman told TT.

Roger Lundgren also thinks that it is important that the line of succession has been secured.

“The whole point of the monarchy is continuity, and now we see that the crown will pass from one generation to another," he old The Local.

Victoria, who is first in line to the throne and who will one day become Sweden's third regent queen, is wildly popular in Sweden.

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Several recent surveys have shown a majority of Swedes would prefer her to her father King Carl XVI Gustaf, as head of state.

When it arrives, the new baby - the king and queen's first grandchild - will be second in line to the Swedish throne.

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Your comments about this article

15:34 August 17, 2011 by JulieLou40
All the best to them, that's nice.
15:36 August 17, 2011 by THETERRORALERT
nice couple
15:42 August 17, 2011 by GreenEyednonSwede
The daddy doesn't look all that happy ...
15:58 August 17, 2011 by StockholmSam
I didn't do it!
15:59 August 17, 2011 by Stickeroo
Its gonna come out black!
16:09 August 17, 2011 by bells on the knight
well done old chap
16:09 August 17, 2011 by conboy
They seem the nicest and most respectable of the royal family so good luck to them!
16:18 August 17, 2011 by muscle
hmm i never thought being pregnant could some day be NEWS!
16:44 August 17, 2011 by lovedealer76

It's a headline news cause we're living in a celebrity obsess and borring society,i mean the people lives to be precise,pure and simple
16:45 August 17, 2011 by karex
@muscle, of course it's news if you happen to be producing an heir to a royal throne...

Besides, it's nice news, and personally I am very happy for them, even better considering that there were two positive articles out on the same day today for a change (one is rare enough) , and both about babies!
17:25 August 17, 2011 by Dildo
18:11 August 17, 2011 by sergisr
This is the closest thing to work that they have done in their lives.
18:33 August 17, 2011 by Monitor Lizard
Congratulations to Victoria and Daniel.

20:00 August 17, 2011 by HYBRED
I remember Jesse Jackson being in the country a while back. Do you think it's possible that.....
20:29 August 17, 2011 by Thoddyt
Maybe it's just me but...

Every time I see KronPrincessan Viktoria's mug I am IMMEDIATELY reminded of none other than the late Wayland Flowers' puppet "Madame" (for those of you old enough to remember!). If you're not sure what I am getting at, just google (images/bilder) "Wayland Flowers Madame"... you'll see! ;-)

Still, very happy for her - as I am for any expectant Mum who is in a strong position to *afford* the costs to raise a child!
21:37 August 17, 2011 by muscle
yes, you guys are right ok, but in my opinion, when the kid is born, make it a news at that time.. not before that.
23:06 August 17, 2011 by Svensksmith
Looks like someone had it in for Daniel.
23:25 August 17, 2011 by Smallnose
Not really a surprise, she looked a bit pudgy and chubby in the face.
23:50 August 17, 2011 by lewni
Saw this on the front of a gossip mag about 2 weeks ago
23:56 August 17, 2011 by Smallnose
@ lewni, only two weeks ago? I read that in an other gossip magazine already 7 months ago. I am sure they had the scoop.
04:24 August 18, 2011 by colombianska_tjej
Well, congrats to them
19:46 August 19, 2011 by graceolsson
a child is a child. doesnt matter if his /her mother is the Crown Princess or not,.

Lycka till, Viktoria och Daniel.
13:26 August 20, 2011 by godnatt
May this child have to get a job and actually work for a living.
15:28 August 20, 2011 by Suresh Alvapillai
Congratulations Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria, Congratulations Prince Daniel Westling for his hardwork on the same.
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