Royal baby on the way for Swedish princess

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Royal baby on the way for Swedish princess

Princess Madeleine and her husband Christopher O'Neill announced on Tuesday that they were expecting their first child, with royal experts predicting the baby will be a major boost for the royal family.


The pair announced the news via the Royal Court's official website.

"Princess Madeleine and Mr. Christopher O'Neill are delighted to announce that The Princess is expecting their first child. The birth is expected to take place in beginning of March of 2014," the statement read.

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Roger Lundgren, royal expert and editor of Kungliga Magazine, was delighted with the news.

"This is very nice to hear, and it's great news for the royal family. Nothing boosts a royal family like a baby, it's a bigger deal than a wedding," he told The Local. "Babies are just so special, you could see that with William and Kate's."

The birth is not likely to make as many national headlines as that of Estelle's last year, according to Lundgren, who said Estelle's was more special as she is destined to be queen.

Lundgren predicts the baby will be raised to be more Swedish than American.

"The baby will be fifth in line to the throne, so I imagine it will be raised to be Swedish. However, we're living in a very globalized world now, I guess it's up to the king," he said.

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There are no changes to the schedule of the princess's engagements and her work with charity organization Childhood is expected to continue through during the fall of 2013.

Childhood was founded by the princess's mother Queen Silvia to raise awareness about and assist sexually abused or trafficked women and children.

The couple were married in Stockholm on June 8th in a lavish ceremony at the Royal Palace, including a televised cortege through the streets of Stockholm and Gamla Stan. Check out some of our photos of the royal newlyweds as they passed by in their carriage.

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It remains unclear whether the royal baby will be christened with a Swedish or American name.

"I'm not even going to start guessing about the name, we tried that with Estelle and we were all wrong," Lundgren told The Local with a laugh.

"It could be a Bernadotte name, it could be something different. Time will tell."

Oliver Gee

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