Madeleine : Prinsessan privat by Johan T Lindwall
I’m not sure I will ever get used to the Swedish royal reporters’ way of writing biographies. First of all – there is too much inference of what the persons in this book were thinking about specific events. Another reviewer said that a problem with it is that with Johan T. Lindwall you never quite know what are the facts, what are the rumours and what is pure speculation, and I thought *that’s it*: that is my basic problem with the book. There are no citations or footnotes at the end, so you can tell when he is working from the facts from interviews, or other books. Obviously, he also has to protect his sources, and when the sources are the main persons themselves, he is diligent about reporting who said what. It does however, resort in a slight muddle when you hear about “Queen Silvia thought…” and the people in the room with Queen Silvia at the time were just family… and none of whom are being quoted as the person talking to Lindwall. Continue reading “Review: Madeleine : Prinsessan privat”
Because polls are fun on a weekend… I have a poll of guessing Princess Madeleine and Chris’ new daughter’s name. My guess is that the name will be revealed by the King after the council of State. Since that won’t be this weekend, I am letting the poll go to next week. (If Chris reveals it when he is meeting the press at 18.00 Swedish time tonight, I am still letting this run over the weekend as a what do you think the daughter’s name should have been…)
I have selected the options based on Swedish princess names, popular Swedish female names, popular American female names and one for laughs.
You can select up to four names.
I have also included a “Other.” If you select that, I hope you add your alternative to the commenting section.
What do you think Madeleine and Chris' daughter will be called? (4 possible picks)
The presumed due date for the delivery was next week, so either the girl decided to arrive just a bit early, or they operated with a “royal due date”. Ie. announcing a due date that is later than the real due date to avoid too much attention around the hospital.
The council of State that customarily comes straight after the birth is not scheduled for today or the weekend, the Swedish court announced. Similarly, the Te Deum mass that is also coming almost immediately after the birth, is scheduled for March 2.
Since the girl is in line to the Swedish throne (for the moment, at least), there will be a 21 shots salute in Stockholm.
Can I just say how nice I found it that they didn’t go with some of the self-declared Swedish royal expert journalists for this, and a paper that appears to be not as “sensationalistic” as some of the more tabloid newspapers.
Did it feel a bit like the question about Madeleine’s previous engagement was approved with the couple, just so she could say that she’s ever so happy with her new husband?
Barbara D over at the Scandinavian Royals Message board had a question about the citizenship of the future offspring of Chris O’Neill and Princess Madeleine, as their children will be in line to the Swedish throne.
was the children singing the entrance march. It would have been so easy to go for the traditional here, but the children singing made it less formal. It was definitely a sweet way to start the wedding.