Christopher O’Neill, husband to Princess Madeleine of Sweden, spoke to the media in New York today (Feb. 21) around noon following the birth of his daughter the night before. The new princess’ names have yet to be revealed, but will be announced by Madeleine’s father King Carl XVI Gustaf in the next day or so.
Princess Astrid of Sweden, later Queen of the Belgians and mother of two kings and a grand duchess (Baudoin, Albert and Josephine-Charlotte)
Princess Madeleine and her husband Christopher O’Neil have decided that their child will be born in the US, the Swedish Royal Court has announced.
"It has no constitutional significance where she gives birth, as the King and Queen have given their approval."
Princess Madeleine of Sweden and husband Christopher O’Neill attend a concert on 19 December in honor of Queen Silvia’s birthday.
Madeleine is wearing the Amelia Dress Long in Windsor Blue from British designer Tiffany Rose.
Behold the bump!
R4R Speculation Station: The Next Swedish Sweetheart?
Nine out of ten royal watchers agree that no one does a royal wedding better than the Swedes, so the mere suggestion of an upcoming one has news outlets and blogs abuzz! Prince Carl Philip’s will be the last Swedish royal wedding of a generation, leaving us to wait 2-3 decades for the nuptials of Princess Estelle (now just 1-year-old).
The Prince, who is 3rd in line to the crown, has been romantically linked with Miss Sofia Helqvist since 2010 and living with her since 2011. They reportedly met through mutual friends. Sofia, 29-years-old, was born in Sweden and has worked as a waitress and yoga instructor. She even opened her own yoga center in Manhattan, according to Expressen. She made headlines by working as a glamour model and appearing as a contestant on the reality television series Paradise Hotel in 2005. But what doesn’t receive as much attention is her charity work. In 2009, Helqvist volunteered in Ghana and has a soft spot for the disadvantaged, especially children. Sofia is spoken very highly of by those who have come in contact with her. Indeed, it seems difficult to find anyone with a credible harsh word against her.
Media sensations aside, this woman appears to be a wonderful little “princess-in-training”. Marriage speculation escalated when Sofia began joining her prince at official royal family events, notably Princess Estelle’s christening in May of 2012 and Princess Madeleine’s wedding in June 2013. This speculation has been fueled in recent days by Sofia pulling what many in the media call “a Mette-Marit” and publicly acknowledging responsibility for the controversial actions she made in her youth.
With the new year approaching, it is widely believed that an engagement will be announced in short time. But how short? Is it a matter of days? Weeks? Perhaps even months?
And what will the public reaction be? Will they be as forgiving and open-armed as the royal family has been? Is Sofia destined to win over the critics with her good deeds and be Sweden’s next sweetheart?
As usual, all we can do is wait.
Wait and speculate.
New picture released of Princess Estelle by the Swedish Court
Photo: Kate Gabor / Kungahuset.se
This is one of the most adorable things I’ve ever seen!
I thought this was a baby model until I recognized Estelle!