Thursday, 3 March 2016

Congratulations pour in for Prince Oscar

He's not quite a day old yet but Prince Oscar has a lot of friends. The newborn son of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel has been showered with good wishes as he settles into his new home and his family celebrate the safe arrival of a new member.

Prince Oscar stays hidden from view as congratulations on his safe arrival pour in

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark was among the first to send congratulations. Mary is godmother to Princess Estelle and said that she was ''so delighted'' to hear of Oscar's arrival. She added ''we have sent our congratulations and let them know that we share their joy.''

Crown Princess Mary is on a tour of Saudi Arabia and Qatar from where she congratulated Victoria, Daniel, Estelle and Oscar

Books were opened in Stockholm for people to write their good wishes to the new prince and his family and many came to share the excitement of a royal baby. Many of the congratulations came from children who welcomed Prince Oscar to the world.  There was also a 21 gun salute at noon to welcome the prince to the world.

A 21 gun salute is fired to mark the birth of Prince Oscar, Duke of Skane

Among his first visitors had been his uncle, Prince Carl Philip, who was snapped making the trip to the Karolinska Hospital in Solna in the hours after the birth of his nephew. Princess Madeleine also visited mother and son in hospital and posted late the same night on her Facebook page to say ''Congratulations to my sister Victoria and Daniel with the birth of their son!'. And throughout today she shared updates including his name and an image of the family at the Te Deum held just after noon.

One of the images shared by Princess Madeleine on her Facebook page during the day as she welcomed her nephew, Oscar

There were also official messages of congratulations on the Swedish Royal Family's website from all its members. King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia said they shared the great happiness and added 'we wish the family a wonderful time in peace and quiet and we very much look forward to seeing our grandchildren.'

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Prince Carl Philip at the special cabinet meeting where the names of Sweden's newest royal were announced

Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia, who are expecting their own child next month, said they welcomed Victoria and Daniel's son to the family with great warmth and love and mentioned how they hoped that they royal cousins would always have each other. Princess Madeleine and Christopher O'Neill's official message said they were happy for the family and added ''Both Leonore and Nicolas look forward to meeting their new cousin, and we wish him a warm welcome to the family.''

Prince Daniel's parents, Ewa and Olle Westling, told of their great joy and promised their support and help as greandparents. Prince Daniel's sister, Anna Westling, said her own daughters were looking forward to meeting their cousin. And Sweden's Prime Minister, Stefan Lofven, revealed that Oscar's first present had been very special - a drawing from his sister, Estelle. During an official announcement he said that he had already met the new prince and described him as 'exceptionally cute'.

As Oscar begins his exciting adventure, he has a lot of support behind him. What could be nicer than a healthy baby, a healthy mother and lots of messages of joy?

The special page about the birth of Prince Oscar can be found here.

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