There has much fanfare for the new Princess now second in line to the Swedish throne.
42 Gun Salute
There was also a 42 gun salute in Stockholm yesterday at noon. A press release explained, “For the firstborn of a Head of State or an heir to the throne, a salute is fired in two rounds, with a one minute interval, of 21 shots each. Salutes are also fired at the salute stations in Boden, Härnösand, Karlskrona and Gothenburg.”
A press release from the Royal Family issued today states that congratulatory lists “where members of the public can leave written messages of congratulations to The Crown Princess Couple, will be available in the Hall of State at the Royal Palace of Stockholm from 2.00 — 5.00 p.m.
Congratulatory lists will also be available for the diplomatic corps in the Office of the Marshal of the Realm’s conference room, entrance via the Office of the Marshal of the Realm’s door in the Outer Courtyard, from 1.00 — 4.00 p.m.”
There was also a thanksgiving service called a Te Deum which was attended by immediate family, government officials, and royal staff members. It was held in the Royal Chapel of the palace in Stocholm and took place after the cabinet meeting which we’re going to get into in full detail next. The picture below shows King Carl Gustaf with Queen Silvia, Prince Daniel, and Prince Carl at the service. Princess Madeleine was not there; she must still be in New York City where she now lives. Crown Princess Victoria did not attend:
Cabinet Meeting to Announce the Princess’ Name and Title
And now the part we’ve been waiting for! During a cabinet meeting at the royal palace today, King Carl Gustaf announced that Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel’s daughter is named Princess Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary, Duchess of Östergötland. He said, “It is a name which is very close to the heart of the princess and also the family…We have now been given a little Princess Estelle in Sweden and we are all, particularly me and the family, very, very happy and joyful for that.”
Although it has not been confirmed, it is believed that the baby’s first name was chosen to honour Estelle Manville, an American who married Count Folke Bernadotte, a man who was reportedly King Gustav’s godfather. The Count is credited with saving the lives of tens of thousands of Jews during World War II. He was also a UN mediator for the Israeli-Arab conflict and was assasinated in Jerusalem in1948. The name Silvia honours the baby’s maternal grandmother Queen Silvia and Ewa is Prince Daniel’s mother’s name. It has not been confirmed where the name Mary comes from; it is not a common name for the Swedish Royals.
Princes and Princesses of Sweden are also traditionally titled with a Duchy. The Duchy of Östergötland is a traditional Royal title and dates back to the twelfth century. Östergötland is a region to the south of Stockholm and borders the Baltic Sea.
Apparently the name has received a mixed reaction in the Swedish Press. During a live news broadcast, Swedish historian Herman Lindqvist said it was “inappropriate” for a future Swedish monarch to be called “Estelle.” He said, “It sounds like a night club queen. It is completely against all Swedish tradition.”
Fun Fact: The Royal Family’s website briefly posted a release that the Princess was named Ulrika Marianna Annika David, Duchess of Upplands Väsby. Where on earth did that come from?? Did the couple have two names on the go and were deciding between the two??? Or perhaps it was a joke by a staffer. Upplands Vasby is the suburb where the Swedish version of The Office apparently takes place.
Ok, what do you think? Does it sounds too much like a Disney Princess? Does it not matter at all? Would you prefer Princess Ulrika?? Do share!