Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, daughter of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, gave birth to her first child in the early hours of February 23, 2012. The baby, a girl, is second in line to the Swedish throne, was born at the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm. She measured 20 inches and weighed in at just over 7 pounds. Crown Princess Victoria, 34, and her husband, Prince Daniel, 38 (the former Daniel Westling), were married on June 19, 2010. The birth of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel’s daughter, is the first royal birth in Sweden in nearly thirty years. In 1982, Queen Silvia had given birth to Princess Madeleine.
During a news conference, Prince Daniel, who admitted to feeling “pretty nervous” during the birth, told reporters that, “my feelings are a little bit all over the place.” He also said, “when I left the room the little princess was sleeping on her mother’s chest and they were looking very cozy.” Prince Daniel also remarked that the king and queen, who had been informed of the birth, “are very happy.” Mother and daughter, both in excellent health, along with Prince Daniel, left the hospital less than a day after the princess gave birth. Photos by Bauer Griffin, Getty Images, AP and the Facebook page of the Swedish Royal Court.