Birth could help restore popularity of monarchy which has been hit by allegations about king’s playboy lifestyle
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, who is next in line to the throne, has given birth to a girl.
“My feelings are a little bit all over the place,” said Prince Daniel, Victoria’s husband, as he announced the birth of their first child.
The baby weighed 3.28 kg (7lb) and was 51cm (20in), he said.
“The crown princess feels brilliant, she is so happy and everything has gone very well. The little daughter and the crown princess are very well,” said Daniel, a personal fitness trainer who married Victoria, 34, in 2010.
The monarchy in the Nordic state has fallen in popularity in recent years, particularly after a 2010 book about the playboy lifestyle of King Carl XVI Gustaf, who has been on the throne since 1973.
In May 2011 the king used a rare interview to apologise for undermining trust in the monarchy, but denied allegations of strip club visits or any knowledge of a friend’s contacts to silence the scandal.