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'Her name is Estelle': King Carl XVI Gustaf

TT/Rebecca Martin · 24 Feb 2012, 11:31

Published: 24 Feb 2012 11:31 GMT+01:00

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"I am sure that the Duchess will do her best to embrace the county of Östergötland," the King said during the announcement.

The infant was formally introduced to the prime minister, the speaker of the Riksdag and the marshal of the realm in Stockholm on Friday morning.

"Her first name is Estelle, and then, of course Silvia, and then Ewa and finally Mary," the monarch informed the government at the special Cabinet Council at Stockholm's Royal Palace on Friday morning.

Since the new Royal baby girl's birth, speculation has been rife in Sweden as to what she would be called.

Betting companies and the press presented their favourites and the little Princess forebears' names were brought out, dusted off and inspected by the interested public, all who seem to have had their own preferences.

On the day of the little princess' birth, the names most favoured by betting agencies were Alicia, Desirée and Kristina, although some Royal experts were hoping for Alice or Sophia.

Earlier on Friday morning, the Royal Court website had what looked like an official announcement published stating that the baby's name was Ulrika Marianna Annika David - Duchess of Upplands Väsby.

Many speculated that the Royal Court website had been hijacked, but a spokesperson later confirmed that an error had occurred.

“It was a mistake,” spokesperson David Löfvendahl told the Expressen newspaper.

“It just happened to go out, but that's obviously a fake name.”

The princess' real name, Estelle, is of French origin, derived from the latin word stella or star.

The name has been in usage in Sweden since the 19th century but has never been very common.

In Sweden there are 1,394 women called Silvia and 941 use it as their first name, like the new princess' maternal grandmother.

There are 9,638 women in Sweden called Ewa, of which 4,655 use it as their first name. One of these is Prince Daniel's mother Ewa Westling.

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After announcing the princess' name at the Cabinet Council, the King also mentioned his first visit to see his grand daughter.

"The family was there visiting and we had a nice time together. She was very cute and did all the right things. It was a happy moment for the whole family," the King said.

The King finished the meeting by asking the government to join him for luncheon.

At noon on Friday the traditional thanksgiving service Te Deum is held in the Royal Chapel, in Stockholm's Gamla Stan.

The Royal Family will be in attendance, as will representatives for the Riksdag, the government and other high ranking officials, as well as Royal Court staff.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

11:43 February 24, 2012 by Ankinette
Such a beautiful name :-)
11:52 February 24, 2012 by howoldareyou
Estelle was the selfish egocentric and duplicitous ward of Miss Havesham in Great Expectations.
12:18 February 24, 2012 by Streja
No it wasn't. It was Estella.
12:36 February 24, 2012 by Miss Kitten
Estelle sounds like a stuffy old lady's name, but Princess Stella sounds cool.
12:52 February 24, 2012 by Puffin
I like it - although I keep thinking of Estelle Getty the old lady who played the crazy Italian granny on the 80s sitcom the Golden girls

Mind you it's better than some of the names the UK Royals have gone with such as Zara and Eugenie
13:38 February 24, 2012 by bourgeoisieboheme
Why not give it a Swedish name? The swedish tax payers pay for your mansion, servants, clothes, etc. so they least you can do is pay homage to your people and history and give the baby a proper Swedish name. You have the right to name a kid anything you want... if you were not the public face of Sweden.
13:42 February 24, 2012 by Streja
I like it. I'm a star myself.
13:47 February 24, 2012 by truthworthy
Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary? That is a long name.
13:50 February 24, 2012 by Rick Methven
I was hoping that she would be called Elizabeth like my granddaughter
14:01 February 24, 2012 by nar klockan klamtar
Estelle is nice, but perhaps a bit of a compromise, not a serious enough name for royalty.

Yes, Elizabeth is a great name for royalty. Elizabeth the first of England one of the greatest monarchs ever, male or female. Elizabeth would have been a better name.
14:56 February 24, 2012 by SwedePea
I'm not digging the name so much. Oh well.
15:14 February 24, 2012 by Åskar
What a daft name.
15:26 February 24, 2012 by boro52
could av been worse if their was an r after the first e she would be a make of crisps
15:55 February 24, 2012 by zircon
My youngest sister's name is Stella, given by my grandmother. And her Christian name was Arther. (Grandfather was the stock of Levi)
16:07 February 24, 2012 by Observant
I wish their Royal Highnesses every happiness, health and love.
17:19 February 24, 2012 by gabeltoon
What's in a name. As long as the princess grows up to be a good person and embraces her heritage and the people of SWEDEN. At least she is known by her grandmothers. Congratulations to her parents and to the KING.
17:47 February 24, 2012 by stateohio905
Drottning Estelle!? Nice....looks like as first step to Republic of Sweden...

Why not?


Silvia- Italian

Ewa- German

Mary- English

NO Swedish name included in the long list.
18:48 February 24, 2012 by Greysuede
Stella is great! or Stjärna sounds good Scandinavic.

Estelle? To honor inglorious French in Sweden is a bit creepy. I don't think that French have ever called their baby names Gunilla or Frida.

Anyway, Happy Birthday baby Stjärna !
19:45 February 24, 2012 by philster61
"Estelle King Carl Gustav!??? Thats a mouthful.....Quite a manly name for a girl
20:46 February 24, 2012 by Zobirdie
Firstly.... Long live her Royal Highness!

Secondly. the Local... where everyone is bitchy all of the time...

Did you not know that the modern Swedish royal family is of French origin? From Jean De Baptiste Bernadotte and his wife Desiree?

I think the Princess' name is lovely and an homage to her ancestry.
21:42 February 24, 2012 by zircon
The Princess is born unto a century where she will have to answer her first earthly questions on those of the 1% and 99%. In fourteen or fifteen years time.
21:43 February 24, 2012 by stephberg315
I for one find Estelle to be a fabulous name - it is the name of my 2-year-old daughter! I am so happy that she will be able to tell people her name is "Estelle, like the princess."
22:57 February 24, 2012 by CanisTrigger
Estelle is a beautiful name (and yes, I was also thinking of Estelle Getty who played Sophia on "The Golden Girls"), but I do hope that by the time she will be an adult, there will be no such thing as a monarchy anymore. When will people understand that we are all equal?
03:16 February 25, 2012 by strixy
Estelle - origin: Old Latin, meaning: Star, popularity: very popular

Silvia - origin: Latin, meaning: wood, forest, also 'heritage' in a metaphoric way, popularity: moderate

Ewa - origin: Hebrew, meaning: life-giver, mother. Also present in Persian and Polish (and other Slavc languages) with a similar meaning, popularity: rare

Mary - origin: Latin, meaning: star of the sea, it is a viariant of the Biblical Miriam, popularity: very popular in English-speaking countries, especially in the UK

Trust me, I'm a linguist ;)

IMO it is a rather astonishing combination of grace and glory. Very nice choice of names indeed.
09:44 February 25, 2012 by Gordy
Oh the ignominy of being named after one of the worst old Skoda's ever!

The Nissan Silvia is quite a bit better however.
11:00 February 25, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
In the photo, I think the king looks as if he is at a funeral - rather than announcing a birth
11:45 February 25, 2012 by Puffin
I like the fact that Victoria and Daniel have chosen a name that is unusual rather than go for a standard Royal name such as Ulrika or Christina and chosen names with a special family connection


Many of you seem to have missed the fact that

a. the Swedish royalty has French roots as the House of Bernadotte

b.the name exists in the Royal family as it was the name of the King's godfather's wife

Sylvia - after Victoria's mother

Ewa - after Daniel's mother
12:55 February 25, 2012 by Polish-Finnish Swede
The name Estelle actually comes from an American in the family. In 1928 the king's godfather (to be), count Folke Bernadotte married an American, Estelle. The king's mother, pincess Sibylla and Estelle were very close. Both became widows, Gustav Adolf, king's father died in a plane crash in 1947 and Folke was killed in Jerusalem in 1948. Estelle Bernadotte remained a close friend to the family until she passed away in 1984. Today we have a newborn Estelle in the Bernadotte family
16:00 February 25, 2012 by cattie
My swedish husband like the name Estelle for a daughter, but my grandmother's best friend was named named Estelle.....hmm just like Victoria's.
18:10 February 25, 2012 by CJ from Sunshine Desserts
OK this time without a profanity : suggestion to Sylvia for Xmas presents for son & husband : hair clipping machine !!!!!!!
18:32 February 25, 2012 by stateohio905

Still no Swedish name, to show small appreciation to people who pay for Monarchy
19:56 February 25, 2012 by philster61
"In the photo, I think the king looks as if he is at a funeral - rather than announcing a birth"

He is probably looking at his son from the corner of his wondering

"So whats your excuse"? .....
00:03 February 26, 2012 by adshasta
Estrella.., sounds yummy!!!
02:04 February 26, 2012 by Lilyanna
I was surprised at the choice of the first name. It should have been something more regal and Swedish. I thought it was charming to use both grandmothers names though. Obviously, the princess Victoria is running true to form, i. E. she does what she pleases.
04:33 February 26, 2012 by hollyandwendy
Perhaps it's "a Swedish thing" - all this consternation over the little princess's name. European monarchies - constitutional or otherwise - have for centuries been so inbred that the argument for a so-called "traditionally Swedish name" seem quite fatuous. The notion of those-who-are-not-the-parents inveighing against the parents' choice seems quite silly. Granting that the name has been out of vogue (at least in my United States of America) for several generations, who cares? I'm reminded of the lines from Shakespeare's "Henry V": "Oh Kate, nice customs curtsy to great kings...you and I cannot be confined within the weak list of a country's fashion....We are the makers of manners." And so are the parents for it's their baby, their choice. How unfortunate that a segment of the public (including a noted historian) seems to equate their standing in this event with that of panel members on "American Idol." And I am especially put off by those who would tie the public's financial support of the Princess with the choice of her name! Amazing and mystifying. Congratulations to Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel. Welcome, Princess Estelle.
01:10 February 27, 2012 by indeedmagnifier
Best wishes,


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