International Royals

Royal baby alert! Sweden’s Princess Madeleine and husband Chris O'Neill welcome their third baby

“We are delighted with the new addition to our family!"

By Candice Mehta-Culjak

Congratulations are in order for Princess Madeleine of Sweden and her husband Chris O'Neill, who have welcomed their third child – a baby girl.

The royal couple, who are also parents to Princess Leonore, four, and Prince Nicolas, two, welcomed their little princess early in the morning on Friday. She weighed 3.4kg and was 50cm long.

"Leonore and Nicolas have their long-awaited sibling," Chris said in a statement released by the palace. "They can't wait to meet their new baby sister."

He also revealed that the new royal baby "looks very much like when Nicolas was born."

The proud parents, who have not yet announced the name of their new royal baby, shared a first photo just hours after her birth.

Wearing a petal pink button-up cardigan, a ruffled white collar shirt and knitted pants, the new arrival was snapped sleeping soundly for her first official picture.

Madeleine and her family are based in London for baker Chris' job, but the beloved royal flew back to her native Stockholm for the birth. She gave birth at the Danderyd Hospital in Stockholm, where her son Nicolas was also born. Meanwhile, daughter Leonore was born in New York where the royal duo met and lived for a short period.

In August, the royal mum revealed she was expecting again on her official Facebook page, penning, "Chris and I are thrilled to announce that I am expecting. We look forward to four becoming five!"

Madeleine, 35, recently opened up to People about her hands-on approach to motherhood.

Speaking of her morning routine with her children, she mused,"It's pretty much like a normal mum."

"They wake me up and we fix breakfast together and the breakfast flies all over the place!" She said.

"And then we go out to the park and we swing, we try to do a lot of activities because my little Leonore, she has lots of energy, so we have to keep her stimulated and busy."

The royal couple already share Princess Leonore, four, and Prince Nicolas, two.
The royal couple already share Princess Leonore, four, and Prince Nicolas, two.

The royal, who is sixth in line to the Swedish throne, also shared what her own upbringing was like.

"I think because my mum and father, of course, were so devoted to their work and as king and queen, they have lots of obligations, so they were away quite a bit when we were small," she explained.

"But when they were home, they were very present and I feel that I want to give my children as much as I can," she said.

Congratulations again to the happy family-of-five!