My post on William and Harry’s interview in Diana, 7 Days got buried by the announcement that the Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant with her third child, but another piece of news that got sidelined was the name reveal of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia‘s second child: Prince Gabriel Carl Walther.
The name and title were revealed at a Cabinet Meeting held yesterday, September 4, at which King Carl Gustaf and Crown Princess Victoria were present.
Sweden’s newest prince was given the name His Royal Highness Prince Gabriel Carl Walther. He was also awarded the title Duke of Dalarna. He will be called Gabriel.
Dalarna is a county in the middle of Sweden which borders Norway, as well as the counties of Uppsala, Jämtland, Gävleborg, Västmanland, Örebro and Värmland in Sweden. There have been two previous Dukes of Dalarna: Prince August (1831-1873) and Prince Carl Johan (1916-2012). Carl Johan was originally awarded the Dukedom at birth, but in 1946 he renounced his titles in order to marry a commoner.
What do we think of the name? I quite like Gabriel. I wasn’t expecting it at all (I can never predict Swedish royal baby names), but I think it’s sweet, old school but still youthful.
After the Cabinet Meeting, a Te Deum was held at the Royal Chapel. Joining the King and Crown Princess at the service were Queen Silvia, Prince Daniel, Carl Philip, Princess Madeleine and Chris O’Neill.
Something I don’t like? Florals.