Thursday, October 30, 2014

A girl for the Hereditary Prince and Princess of Sweden

October 30, 1934

Hereditary Princess Sibylla of Sweden gave birth to a daughter this morning in Stockholm, reports the New York Times.  Mother and daughter are said to be "doing well.

The Princess is the wife of Hereditary Prince Gustaf Adolf, son of Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf and the late Princess Margaret of Connaught. 

This is the first child for the Hereditary Prince and Princess who were married two years ago in Coburg, Germany.  The princess was born Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

The infant princess' birth was "announced to the public" by a forty-two gun salute.  The birth of a prince would have been "marked by  a salute of eighty-four guns."

A Thanksgiving Service will be held later today in the palace's chapel in honor of the new princess, whose birth makes King Gustaf V the only "great-grandfather among the reigning Kings of Europe."

Princess Sibylla's mother, Duchess Vikoria Adelheid arrived from Coburg several days ago and was one of the first people to visit "her after the birth of the baby girl."

Succession to the Swedish throne is based on Salic law, which means the infant princess does not have dynastic rights.

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