Princess Madeleine of Sweden welcomes third baby

The couple share a four-year-old daughter Princess Leonore and a two-year-old son Prince Nicolas

It’s a girl! Princess Madeleine of Sweden and her husband Chris O’Neill have welcomed their third child. The Swedish royal court announced the news in a statement, revealing that the little princess was born early in the morning on Friday, March 9. Madeleine and Chris’ little girl weighed in at 7.6 pounds and measured 19.7 inches.The Princess' husband Chris was present at the birth and later said:

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chris-oneill-new-babyVIEW GALLERY Princess Madeleine and Chris welcomed a baby girl on March 9 Photo: Christopher O'Neill

"We are thrilled about the new addition to our family. Leonore and Nicolas are looking very much forward to finally meeting their new little sister." After the annoucement of the new little lady's birth, the palace shared the first picture of the new Princess, taken by her father.  The couple, who have not yet announced the name of their third child, have a four-year-old daughter Princess Leonore and a two-year-old son Prince Nicolas.

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The 35-year-old and her family are based in London for businessman Chris' job, but the doting mom flew back to her native Sweden to deliver her third child. She gave birth at the Danderyd Hospital in greater Stockholm, where her son Prince Nicolas was also born; Leonore was born in New York, where Madeleine and Chris used to live. Other royal babies that were delivered at Danderyd Hospital include Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia's two sons, Prince Alexander and Prince Gabriel, in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

 target=VIEW GALLERY The pair are parents to Princess Leonore and Prince Nicolas Photo: Getty Images 

In keeping with royal tradition, fans can expect the Swedish court to publish official photos of the new princess in the next few days. A picture of Madeleine, Chris, 43, and their newborn leaving hospital may also be released. Madeleine's father King Carl XVI Gustaf will reveal the baby's name and new title in a court meeting, which has been scheduled for Monday morning. Members of the royal family will also attend a Te Deum thanksgiving service that day.

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To celebrate the birth, a royal gun salute will be fired at midday on Friday. Twenty-one shots will be fired from the Skeppsholmen battery in Stockholm and from the salute batteries in the cities of Boden, Härnösand, Karlskrona and Gothenburg.  The Princess announced her third pregnancy last August. Taking to her personal Facebook page, she wrote, “Chris and I are thrilled to announce that I am expecting. We look forward to four becoming five!”

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