Thursday, 15 June 2017
Nicolas, the royal team leader, turns two
This time two years ago, we got a big surprise and Sweden finally got a new prince. On June 15th 2015, Princess Madeleine gave birth to a son - the first time the ruling family had welcomed a baby boy in over 36 years. And the little prince who arrived that day turns two with a whole nursery full of male cousins following in his wake. It's time to say Happy Birthday to Nicolas of Sweden, the little royal team leader.
Nicolas Paul Gustaf, Duke of Angermanland was born at the Danderyd Hospital, just outside Stockholm. He is the second child of Princess Madeleine and her husband, Chris O'Neill, and a little brother for Princess Leonore. Nicolas arrived just two days after the marriage of his uncle, Prince Carl Philip, and Sofia Hellqvist where his eldest cousin, Princess Estelle, had almost stolen the limelight as bridesmaid. His birth cemented a time of real celebration for the family of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia.
Nicolas was sixth in line to the throne of Sweden at birth and became only the second male in that list - his uncle, Carl Philip, had been the sole prince in the rundown for almost twenty years since the death of Prince Bertil. Since then they've been joined by two more royal chaps - Crown Princess Victoria gave birth to her son, Prince Oscar, on March 2nd 2016 and Prince Carl Philip became a dad himself for the first time soon afterwards when he and Princess Sofia welcomed Prince Alexander on April 19th 2016.
Nicolas' second birthday has been celebrated with a series of photos taken by Kate Gabor and shared by the Swedish Royal Family on their website and Princess Madeleine on her Facebook page. Nicolas, the royal baby who put princes back on the agenda for Sweden in the 21st century, is growing up fast.