Swedish Crown Princess Victoria gives birth to son

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Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden has given birth to a son at a hospital in Stockholm, the royal palace has announced, four years after she and her husband Prince Daniel welcomed their first child.

Princess Victoria gave birth to a son at 8:28 p.m. local time on Wednesday at Karolinska hospital in Stockholm. The child is 52 centimeters tall and weighs 3.6 kilograms (8 pounds), according to Realm Marshal Svante Lindqvist, who is the royal court’s highest official.

“Both mother and child are in good health. Prince Daniel was present at the hospital throughout the birth,” said Marshal Lindqvist. The name of the child has not yet been disclosed.

Princess Victoria, 38, married gym owner Prince Daniel in June 2010, and the couple had their first child, Princess Estelle, in February 2012. Because the Swedish crown passes to the eldest child regardless of gender, the couple’s second child will be third in line to the throne, after Princess Estelle.

Sweden is a constitutional monarchy in which the royals carry out a largely ceremonial and representative role. King Carl XVI Gustaf has served as the country’s head of state since September 1973, and Princess Victoria is due to succeed him.

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