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First pic of new Swedish princess released

AFP/The Local · 23 Feb 2012, 13:26

Published: 23 Feb 2012 13:26 GMT+01:00

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The humble family-photo features Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel holding a car seat with what appears to be the just hours-old infant wrapped in a blanket with a white hat on her head.

"It says a lot about Victoria and the kind of person she is," Roger Lundgren, previous editor of Queen magazine and expert on the Swedish royal family, told The Local.

"You wouldn't see the British royals or Kate and William publish a picture like that."

The picture was taken shortly before the proud parents left Karolinska University Hospital to return to their home at nearby Haga Palace.

Within minutes of being published on the Royal Court's Facebook page, the picture had garnered more than 2,500 likes and close to 600 shares, with both figures climbing rapidly.

While the Royal Court only joined Facebook a few months ago, it has embraced the social networking site's potential to help spread word about the birth of the new princess.

"We live in world where social media is how we communicate any there have been a lot of positive reactions on Facebook," said Lundgren.

The picture was released shortly after a 42 cannon salute took place in central Stockholm across from the Royal Palace.

Normally, only 21 cannons are fired to salute the arrival of a royal baby, but when an heir to the throne is born, the number is doubled to 42.

Thousands of onlookers cheered as the guns boomed welcoming the birth of the heir to the Swedish throne.

"I'm very touched, I'm sure not everyone is, but it's a great day for Sweden. And the sun's shining!" a member of the crowd told The Local

"Sun, cannons and sea - what a great day!" said another.

While Victoria and Daniel have reportedly decided on a name for their daughter, the official announcement isn't expected to take place until Friday.

At that time, the future regent is formally presented to the prime minister, speaker of parliament and the marshal of the realm at a traditional witness ceremony at Haga Palace, Victoria and Daniel's residence on the outskirts of Stockholm.

Media and betting sites speculated wildly Thursday about the choice of name.

According to TT, some likely ones include Christina, Desiree, Ulrika, Astrid, Margareta or Sophia, all of which are names used by the Swedish royal family in the past. Alice, the name of Victoria's late maternal grandmother, was also among the possibilities.

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Congratulations poured in from politicians and public figures.

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt noted that the Scandinavian country could now look forward to a succession of female regents, a first in Swedish history.

"My warmest congratulations to Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel and Sweden's new princess. It is a great day for the entire royal family and it is also a great day for Sweden," he said in a statement.

"With the birth of a new princess, the Kingdom of Sweden will in time enter

a new era of queens," he said.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

14:20 February 23, 2012 by JulieLou40
Nice story :)
14:44 February 23, 2012 by Jes
That was quick or is it another media bluff !
16:16 February 23, 2012 by StockholmSam
As I look at that picture, I cannot help thinking that that poor little girl has no idea what awaits her. She has no idea that several million people are going to be watching her for her entire life.
16:55 February 23, 2012 by Puffin
@ Jes

What do you mean that was quick? It seems a perfectly normal hospital stay for a normal birth

Especially for both princesses and the hospital it is a lot easier if she rests at home if the birth has been normal - as a member of the Royal family I'm sure that her doctor will do a home visit - and it will be a lot easier from a secutiry perspective hot to mention minimising disruption at the hospital - it's not like she will be expected to do the cleaning or put the washing on ;-)
18:41 February 23, 2012 by Opinionfool
'"You wouldn't see ... Kate and William publish a picture like that."'

Given that, as far as we know, Kate Middleton is not even pregnant no one can make that assertion. Neither does anyone, other than themselves, know what sort of picture and how soon after the birth the English couple might publish one. The English press have snapped the couple shopping in the supermarket near to the home in Anglesy Wales so it is not that far fetched to think that if these two do breed that a similar snap would be taken. Indeed there were press snaps of William being carried from the hospital by his mother when she took him home after he was born.
19:07 February 23, 2012 by Ranjit T Edward
What a far-fetched comparison. Kate and William to Vic and Boxer Robert!!!
21:15 February 23, 2012 by swedejane
Oh great! Another free-loader on public welfare...
02:32 February 24, 2012 by dott
I'm so happy for them!
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