Monday, April 30, 2012

King Gustav V celebrates birth of a grandson

April 30, 1946

King Gustav V is rejoicing "at the birth of a great-grandson, Prince Carl Gustav," the first "direct male to the throne of Sweden to be born in 40 years," reports the Associated Press.

A "salute of 84 naval guns" announced the birth of the infant prince this morning at Haga Castle to Hereditary Princess Sibylla and Hereditary Prince Gustaf Adolf.   The Hereditary Prince is third in line to the throne after his father, Crown Prince Gustav Adolf.

The new prince is the couple's first son.  They have four daughters, Princess Margaretha, Princess Desiree, Princess Birgitta and Princess Christina.  Women cannot succeed to the throne in Sweden.

The King held a brief session at the Cabinet Council. He announced that the his grandson will be named Carl Gustav Folke Hubertus, Duke of Jämtland.


Kalnel said...

Sounds like the AP got its Gustavs mixed up: Carl Gustav was third in line to the throne at birth, behind his father and grandfather, Gustav VI Adolph.

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

more like Marlene ... she cannot count. The AP was much shorter. I added more information.