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'It's a girl': Prince Daniel

TT/The Local · 23 Feb 2012, 07:00

Published: 23 Feb 2012 07:00 GMT+01:00

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"This morning at 04.26am a very cute princess was born, 51 centimetres tall and weighing in at 3,280 grammes," said the Prince.

"My feelings are all over the place right now."

Mother and baby are doing fine according to the new father.

"It was all very nervous. There are always risks giving birth. But it went well," said Prince Daniel, taking the opportunity to thank the Karolinska hospital for the care they have received.

He also asked the gathered press to respect the privacy of the family.

"As I am sure you can all understand, we have a great need just to be our own little family right now. You understand that surely, that we want to treasure what has just happened," he said.

Specialist doctor Lennart Nordström was in charge of the medical procedure.

"They came in just before 1am, so it all went fairly quickly," he told the press, adding that it all went very well.

"There is a radiant, happy new mother with a baby in her arms. The couple are glowing with happiness. There is something special about becoming parents," said Nordström to TT.

He didn't want to take any credit for delivering the next heir to the throne of Sweden.

"It is the Crown Princess who has given birth to a child. We have supported her in doing that, but she did all the work," said Nordström.

It is still unclear how long mother and baby will remain at the hospital.

"This will, like in all other cases, depend on how mother and baby are and from that judgement it will be decided how long the Crown Princess and her daughter will stay," he said.

Nordström told the gathered press he has been on standby for a long time after being asked early in the Princess' pregnancy if he would help deliver her baby.

"I haven't left Stockholm since New Year," said Nordström, adding that it has been an honour.

Celebrations and ceremony will now begin in Stockholm and across the country.

At noon on Thursday a special 42-gun salute will be fired from the cannons on the Skeppsholmen island, in central Stockholm, to celebrate the birth of the new princess, Richard Beck-Friis, head of the Commandant Staff at the Royal Palace, told TT.

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On Friday, salutes wil be fired from other locations in the country, namely Göteborg, Karlskrona, Härnösand and Boden where salute batteries are kept.

"And yet another salute will be fired in Stockholm then as well, this time from Kastellholmen," said Beck-Friis to TT.

The carpets of the maternity ward have already been changed from their usual colour to a striking red to mark the occasion.

"I change the carpets here every week and when I heard the news I decided go for it," said Daniel Holm, responsible for the hospital carpets, to TT.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

07:37 February 23, 2012 by karex
Congratulations to the new parents!
07:40 February 23, 2012 by HowardR
BRIGHTEST BLESSINGS on this special day, Victoria and Daniel!
07:52 February 23, 2012 by Snoopy!
All I care is who´s chin she´s got ?
08:36 February 23, 2012 by si
Great, another parasite..
08:41 February 23, 2012 by Bölö
Congrats! Victoria & Daniel:) gr8 wok done!!!
09:15 February 23, 2012 by JulieLou40
Si: Cheer up !
09:32 February 23, 2012 by SecondGen
Is he holding his hands like that to show the size of the fish that got away?
09:51 February 23, 2012 by axiom
Congrats are definately in order for The Kingdom of Sweden.

One thing I find odd though, who get so fully dressed out in a suit when you are in the hospital with your wife having a baby :D I could learn a think or two
10:35 February 23, 2012 by byke
Good to see Karolinska hospital offering the same level of care to its patients, regardless of sex, colour or creed.
11:44 February 23, 2012 by update-2011
CONGRATULATIONS VICTORIA AND DANIEL!!! You will definitely make good parents! Can't wait to see the little princess..................
12:12 February 23, 2012 by heroine
This is a good news indeed...CONGRATULATIONS !!!

Now please let's move on.
13:05 February 23, 2012 by novacek
Congratulations from Czech Republic!
18:19 February 23, 2012 by EP
Does this Prince Daniel ever dress differently or change his haircut? Congrats to them anyway. Hope she looks more like Madeline though ...
20:43 February 23, 2012 by skogsbo
Isn't that a boys name? Danielle would be better.
22:35 February 23, 2012 by Lion Flower
Oh no it's not a Prince. Ok, Ok how are we to milk this?? Elizabeth maybe? She was a serious kick bottom queen. Joan , Joan of Arc , no no , she was not royalty anyway Plus her Walkman started to melt , lets not mention her Roman nose.

Ingrid Yes Ingrid!!! No it can not be. Emil!!!!!!!!! Can you hear Emil!!!!!!!

What a difficult job they have, to name their new born baby. It puts us to shame with our fast, fix it up naming of our children. Tut tut to us peasants!
08:05 February 24, 2012 by skogsbo
Apart from being nice names, we picked our kids names from the least popular, plus with zero royal, celebrity or religious connection. Stats of all names available in Sweden every year. You need to do an acronym check with just their initials too. Certainly isn't easy naming kids.
10:19 February 24, 2012 by Birbun
It's a disgrace for the Swedish royalty that the princess Victoria has married a gym trainer.

She had to be really desperate.
11:12 February 24, 2012 by Birger Johansson
Big deal... congratulations to the happy couple, I do not begrudge them their bliss any more than any other couple. But this is no more relevant to my life than any other random birth, except as an example of the celebrity culture.

Question: What happens if the heir to the throne is a siamese twin? Does the constitution require both twins to take turns at being head of state, since they by definition are born simultaneously? Double monarchy, even more so than Austria-Hungaria :-)
14:09 February 24, 2012 by Lotus2035
Sweden already has a lot of little princesses. I should know, I live in Lidingö.
15:40 February 24, 2012 by dileep
Good news, congrats to new parents
04:35 February 29, 2012 by volvoman9
And the caption for the photo should read... My schlong is this big... no really.
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