A statement from the Swedish Royal Court has announced that Princess Madeline has given birth to a healthy daughter on Friday, 9 March 2018, at 12.41 am at Danderyd Hospital in Stockholm.
The Office of The Marshall of the Realm reports ‘both mother and child are in good health.’
The little princess is 50 cm (19.69 inches) in length and weighed in at 3464 grams (7 pounds 10 ounces).
Christopher O’Neill was present throughout the birth.
‘We are thrilled about the new addition to our family. Leonor and Nicolas are looking very much forward to meeting their new little sister,’ Mr O’Neill said.
At midday, 21-gun salutes were fired from Skeppsholmen battery in Stockholm and in the cities of Boden, Härnösand, Karlskrona and Gothenburg, to mark this special occasion.
The baby girl, who is yet to be named, is King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia’s 7th grandchild and is tenth in the line of succession to the Swedish throne.
King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia cut short their holiday in Switzerland to fly back to Stockholm to meet their new granddaughter.
Princess Madeleine and Mr O’Neill took their newborn daughter home later that day.
However, King Carl Gustaf will Council of State Meeting will be held at the Royal Palace on Monday, 12 March at 11.15 am where he will inform the government of the child’s name and title.
Following the Council of State Meeting, a thanksgiving service, the Te Deum, will be held in the Royal Chapel at 12.15 pm.
Parliamentary representatives, government officials and staff at the Royal Court will join the Royal Family to give thanks for the new royal baby’s arrival.
King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia
‘We are happy for the arrival of Princess Madeleine and Mr Christopher O’Neill’s third child, and grateful that all has gone well for mother and child. Now we look very much forward to getting to know the new family member!’
The Crown Princess Couple:
‘We are so happy for the entire family and we wish the new family member a warm welcome.’
The Prince Couple:
‘We share the joy of Madeleine and Christopher, and of Leonore and Nicolas who finally get to meet their long-awaited little sister. We look forward to meeting her!’
Christopher O’Neill’s mother, Mrs Eva-Maria O’Neill; Mr O’Neill’s sisters, Mrs Tatjana d’Abo and Countess Natasha von Abensperg und Traun and their families:
‘We are delighted with the news of Madeleine and Christopher’s little baby girl and the little sister of Leonore and Nicolas. We send them our warmest wishes and look forward to seeing them.’
The Diplomatic Corps, as well as members of the public, are also invited to leave written congratulatory messages in the Hall of State at the Royal Palace between 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm.