Review: Madeleine : Prinsessan privat

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.
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Princess Madeleine pregnant

The Swedish court announced today the happy news that Princess Madeleine and her husband are expecting their second child together. Princess Leonore will turn one in February.

The due date for the child is set to Summer 2015.

If she is 3 months pregnant now, (the typical time of announcement), the child may be born anytime in June.

This may result in a limited attendance from Madeleine at the wedding of her brother on June 13.

Pictures of Cousins Princesses Estelle and Leonore

Foto: H.K.H. Kronprinsessan Victoria, / H.K.H. Kronprinsessan Victoria, The Royal Court, Sweden
Foto: H.K.H. Kronprinsessan Victoria, / H.K.H. Kronprinsessan Victoria, The Royal Court, Sweden

Princess Estelle finally got to meet her little cousin Princess Leonore when she was in New York. Victoria took the pictures.

The two girls are both wearing a version of the same dress.

I am oddly reminded of pictures of myself at Estelle’s age – when my parents would try me out with babies. 7 months later I had a younger sister. Just saying…

To discuss the pictures, why not head over to the Swedish Royal Family thread at The Royal Resource?

Foto: H.K.H. Kronprinsessan Victoria, / H.K.H. Kronprinsessan Victoria, The Royal Court, Sweden
Foto: H.K.H. Kronprinsessan Victoria, / H.K.H. Kronprinsessan Victoria, The Royal Court, Sweden

Poll: What do you think Madeleine and Chris’ daughter will be called?

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)

  • Desirée (13%, 4 Votes)
  • Alice/Alicia (9%, 3 Votes)
  • Lilian/Lily (9%, 3 Votes)
  • Josephine/Josefine/Josefina (6%, 2 Votes)
  • Chrystal Diamond (6%, 2 Votes)
  • Amalia/Amalie (6%, 2 Votes)
  • Eugénie/Eugenia (6%, 2 Votes)
  • Eva (6%, 2 Votes)
  • Victoria (6%, 2 Votes)
  • Ella (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Julia (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Helena (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Kristina/Christina/Christine/Kristine (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Sophia/Sofia (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Magdalena (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Other (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Silvia (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Sigrid (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Isabella (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Elsa (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Mia (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Wilma (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Ebba (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Olivia (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Alva/Ava (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Maya (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Marina (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Sibylla (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Katarina (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Louise/Lovisa (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Margaretha (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Cecilia/Cecilie (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Birgitta (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Astrid (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Hedvig (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Ingeborg (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Emily/Emilie (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 13

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A girl for Princess Madeleine and Chris O’Neill

The Swedish court announced this morning that Princess Madeleine gave birth to a girl overnight. The girl was born 20 February, 22.41, New York time.

Mother and child are doing well.

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.

It was presumed in the Swedish press that the Queen and the rest of the family would travel over to be in New York when Madeleine gave birth, but they are still in Sweden.

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.

Interview with Chris O’Neill and Princess Madeleine

After returning from their honeymoon, Chris O’Neill and Princess Madeleine gave an interview to Svenska Dagbladet.

Google Translated version.

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?

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Citizenship of Madeleine’s children (100 things #10)

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.

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