This year continues to be one of celebrations for Sweden’s royal family as Crown Princess Victoria and her husband, Prince Daniel, have announced that they are expecting their second child. The couple’s newest addition, expected to arrive in March 2016, will be a baby brother or sister for their three-year-old daughter, Princess Estelle. The newest little prince or princess will also be King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia’s fourth grandchild.
“Their Royal Highnesses Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel are happy to announce that The Crown Princess is expecting their second child,” reads a statement from the royal household. The happy news comes just over two months after Victoria’s younger sister, Princess Madeleine, gave birth to her second child, a baby boy, who she named Prince Nicolas.
The Swedish royal family was still revelling in the fanfare surrounding Prince Carl Philip’s marriage to Princess Sofia when Madeleine went into labour on June 15, just one day after her brother said ‘I do” in a stunning ceremony in Stockholm. Since then, Madeline and her husband Chris O’Neill have relocated to London, where they will live for the next two years.
In just a few weeks, the growing royal family will reunite at Prince Nicolas’s christening, set to take place on Oct. 11 at the Royal Chapel in Stockholm’s Drottningholm Palace. It is the same venue where his big sister, 18-month-old Princess Leonore, was baptised last year.