Wednesday 24 January 2018

Princess Madeleine of Sweden announces she's expecting: 'We look forward to four becoming five!'

Princess Madeleine of Sweden, Chris O'Neill, Princess Leonore of Sweden and Prince Nicolas of Sweden arrive for a thanksgiving service on the occasion of The Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden's 40th birthday celebrations at the Royal Palace on July 14, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images)
Princess Madeleine of Sweden, Chris O'Neill, Princess Leonore of Sweden and Prince Nicolas of Sweden arrive for a thanksgiving service on the occasion of The Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden's 40th birthday celebrations at the Royal Palace on July 14, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images)
Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Prince Nicolas of Sweden arrive for a thanksgiving service on the occasion of The Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden's 40th birthday celebrations at the Royal Palace on July 14, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden
Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, Prince Alexander of Sweden and Princess Sofia of Sweden arrive for a thanksgiving service on the occasion of The Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden's 40th birthday celebrations at the Royal Palace on July 14, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden
Princess Madeleine of Sweden and her husband Chris O'neill attend the Victoria day celebration on the occasion of The Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden's 40th birthday celebrations at stadion on July 14, 2017 in Borgholm, Sweden. (Photo by Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images)
Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Christopher O'Neill attend the celebrations of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden's 40th birthday at Borgholm IP on July 14, 2017 in Borgholm, Sweden. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
Princess Madeleine of Sweden departs after a thanksgiving service on the occasion of The Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden's 40th birthday celebrations at the Royal Palace on July 14, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden
Swedish Princess Madeleine (C) and her husband Christopher O'Neill (L), Queen Silvia (R) look at Princess Leonore playing with Prince Nicolas at the Royal Palace during a reception of Crown Princess Victoria's 40th birthday, in Stockholm, on July 14, 2017.
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Prince Oscar of Sweden, Princess Estelle of Sweden and Prince Daniel of Sweden arrive for a thanksgiving service on the occasion of The Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden's 40th birthday celebrations at the Royal Palace on July 14, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden
Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Prince Carl Phillip of Sweden attend a formal dinner at Grand Hotel after attending an award ceremony for the Polar Music Prize at Konserthuset on June 15, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
Princess Claire Of Luxembourg and Prince Felix Of Luxembourg | Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

The Swedish royal baby boom continues.

Princess Madeleine (35) has announced she's expecting her third child with husband Chris O'Neill (43), while her sister-in-law Princess Sofia is due to give birth to her second child any day now.

Madeleine broke the news on her Facebook page, writing: "Chris and I are thrilled to announce that I am expecting. We look forward to four becoming five!"

The couple already have Princess Leonore (three) and Prince Nicolas (two) and last year, they hinted they'd like to expand their brood as much as possible.

Princess Madeleine of Sweden and her husband Chris O'neill attend the Victoria day celebration on the occasion of The Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden's 40th birthday celebrations at stadion on July 14, 2017 in Borgholm, Sweden. (Photo by Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images)
Princess Madeleine of Sweden and her husband Chris O'neill attend the Victoria day celebration on the occasion of The Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden's 40th birthday celebrations at stadion on July 14, 2017 in Borgholm, Sweden. (Photo by Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images)

Last year, she described herself as a "normal mum", detailing day-to-day life with her family in London, where they have been based since 2015.

"They wake me up and we fix breakfast together and the breakfast flies all over the place. And then we go out to the park and we swing, we try to do a lot of activities because my little Leonore, she has lots of energy, so we have to keep her stimulated and busy," she explained to People.

Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Prince Nicolas of Sweden arrive for a thanksgiving service on the occasion of The Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden's 40th birthday celebrations at the Royal Palace on July 14, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden
Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Prince Nicolas of Sweden arrive for a thanksgiving service on the occasion of The Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden's 40th birthday celebrations at the Royal Palace on July 14, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden

"I think because my mom and father, of course, were so devoted to their work and as king and queen, they have lots of obligations, so they were away quite a bit when we were small. But when they were home, they were very present and I feel that I want to give my children as much as I can."

Similarly, Crown Princess Victoria revealed earlier this year that she feels bound by her royal duty and doesn't spend as much time as she would like with her children Princess Estelle (five) and Prince Oscar (one).

Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, Prince Alexander of Sweden and Princess Sofia of Sweden arrive for a thanksgiving service on the occasion of The Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden's 40th birthday celebrations at the Royal Palace on July 14, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden
Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, Prince Alexander of Sweden and Princess Sofia of Sweden arrive for a thanksgiving service on the occasion of The Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden's 40th birthday celebrations at the Royal Palace on July 14, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden

It was also recently announced that Princess Leonore will be attending pre-school in Sweden and the couple will continue to divide their time between Stockholm and London.

"HRH Princess Madeleine and her family permanently reside in London. However, they regularly spend longer periods in Sweden. The Princess feels that her children should have a strong connection with Sweden. She wants them to feel at home here just as she does," a statement read at the time.

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Prince Oscar of Sweden, Princess Estelle of Sweden and Prince Daniel of Sweden arrive for a thanksgiving service on the occasion of The Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden's 40th birthday celebrations at the Royal Palace on July 14, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Prince Oscar of Sweden, Princess Estelle of Sweden and Prince Daniel of Sweden arrive for a thanksgiving service on the occasion of The Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden's 40th birthday celebrations at the Royal Palace on July 14, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden

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