Thursday, 23 February 2012

Name of royal baby to be announced before noon tomorrow

At noon today the birth of an heiress to Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden was marked with a 42 gun salute across the country. About the same time the royal couple and their newborn daughter left the Caroline University Hospital for the short drive home to Haga Palace. But the official ceremonial is far from over with that.
Tomorrow at 11.15 a.m. the King will hold a council at the Royal Palace, where he will officially inform the cabinet of the birth of an heiress as well as reveal her name and what dukedom he has chosen to bestow on his granddaughter.
Around 11.35 a.m. the Marshal of the Realm (Lord Chamberlain), Svante Lindqvist, will inform journalists about the name and titles in the Carl XV Hall. Here the Speaker of Parliament, Per Westerberg, the Prime Minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt, and the Mistress of the Robes, Countess Alice Trolle-Wachtmeister, who, along with the Marshal of the Realm are the official birth witnesses will also be present (the practice whereby the birth witnesses were actually present in the next room to where the birth took place ceased in the early twentieth century and today the witnesses are only required to see the baby after its birth).
At noon a service of thanksgivings will be held in the Palace Church, attended by members of the royal family (obviously not the Crown Princess and her daughter), official representatives and courtiers.

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