An official announcement from the Royal Palace confirmed that Victoria Ingrid Alice Désirée, also known as Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden is expecting a second child.
The post reads: “The Royal Highnesses Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel are happy to announce that The Crown Princess is expecting their second child. The birth is expected to take place in March of 2016.”
The baby will be a fourth grandchild for King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia.
The heir to Sweden’s throne will be delivering the prince or princess in March 2016 but it was also verified that “no changes in the schedule of the Crown Princess Couple’s public engagements are planned During the fall of 2015.”
Royal Central reports that the pregnancy has been creating speculations in the European press in the recent weeks after Victoria was photographed with what looked like a baby bump while on holiday. The good news was made public shortly the week after the Crown Princess finished several engagements with her father.
Thirty-eight year-old Victoria got married to Daniel Westling in June 2010 in Stockholm, with royal guests, including the Earl and Countess of Wessex. They welcomed their firstborn, Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary in after in 2012.
The royal baby, after three-year-old Princess Estelle, will be third in line to the Swedish crown. Sweden’s Official site confirms that it was the first monarchy to change its succession rites to allow the first-born child of the monarch to be heir to the throne, regardless of gender.
This announcement adds to the further excitement of Sweden’s growing Royal Family. According to People Magazine, Victoria’s younger sister, Princess Madeleine just welcomed Prince Nicolas, her second child with husband Christopher O’Neill, two days after they attended brother Prince Carl Philip’s wedding.
It is now likely for baby speculations to be concentrated on Prince Carl Philip and new wife Sofia.
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