February 23, 2012 / 8:46 AM / 6 years ago

Swedish crown princess gives birth to baby girl

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden’s heir to the throne, Crown Princess Victoria, gave birth to a baby girl on Thursday, which could help restore the monarchy’s battered popularity.

“My feelings are a little bit all over the place,” Prince Daniel, the 34-year-old Victoria’s husband, told a news conference, holding back tears as he announced the birth of the couple’s first child.

The baby was 51 cm (20 inches) and weighed 3.28 kg (7 pounds), he added.

A recent handout picture published on the Swedish Royal family Facebook website page shows Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel (R) holding the new-born baby girl in Stockholm February 23, 2012. REUTERS/Kungahuset.se/Swedish Royal Crown/Handout

“The crown princess feels brilliant, she is so happy and everything has gone very well. The little daughter and the crown princess are very well,” added Daniel, a personal fitness trainer who married Victoria in a glittering 2010 wedding.

The monarchy in the Nordic state has seen its popularity fall in recent years, particularly after a 2010 book about the playboy lifestyle of King Carl XVI Gustaf, who has been on the throne since 1973.

The king in May 2011 used a rare interview with Swedish news agency TT to apologize for undermining trust in the monarchy, but denied strip club visit allegations and any knowledge of a friend’s underworld contacts to silence the scandals.

A poll after the TT interview, commissioned by daily Dagens Nyheter, showed 66 percent of Swedes backing the symbolic-power monarchy, down from 70 percent in November 2009 and 74 percent in February 2009.

Reporting by Patrick Lannin and Anna Ringstrom; Editing by Alessandra Rizzo

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