2014-02-13

Information on the occasion of a royal birth

The following traditional ceremonies will take place in connection with the birth of Princess Madeleine’s child, which is due at the end of February 2014.

Press release

On the occasion of a royal birth, the Marshal of the Realm notifies the nation's leaders of the birth. A press release from the Marshal of the Realm will then be published at www.kungahuset.seexternal link and at www.facebook.com/kungahusetexternal link.  

Statement of witness

On the occasion of a royal birth, a statement of witness is drawn up in accordance with tradition. This is done on the day after the birth, unless the birth takes place on a Saturday, in which case the statement of witness is drawn up on the following Monday.  

When a royal birth takes place outside national borders, the statement of witness is conducted in a different way. How this will be conducted will be announced in connection to the birth of Princess Madeleine’s child.

Cabinet meeting

On the occasion of a royal birth, a cabinet meeting is held. The King convenes the cabinet meeting in accordance with chapter 5, § 3 of the Instrument of Government, which states that the Government shall hold a cabinet meeting chaired by the Head of State. Cabinet meetings held at The King's initiative include those held in the event of a royal birth.   At the cabinet meeting, The King informs the Government of the title, name, and given name. The cabinet meeting is held in connection to the birth.

Salute

On the occasion of a royal birth, a salute is fired from Skeppsholmen in Stockholm in accordance with the Swedish Armed Forces' ceremonial provisions (Instruction to the Swedish Armed Forces, ceremonies; Cerl FM 2010). On the occasion of a royal birth, salute of 21 shots is fired. Salutes are also fired at the salute stations in Boden, Härnösand, Karlskrona and Gothenburg. The salutes will take place in connection to the birth.  

Te Deum

On the occasion of a royal birth, a thanksgiving service — the Te Deum — is held. The Te Deum is an ancient church ceremony, which in a royal context takes place in connection with important events in the Royal Family, such as christenings, birthdays, jubilees and other ceremonial occasions. The last time a Te Deum was held was on September 15, 2013, to mark the jubilee of The King's 40 years on the throne.  

The Te Deum is held in the Royal Chapel. The invited guests are the immediate family, representatives of the Riksdag, the Government, the official Sweden, and the members of the Royal Court.  

Invitations to the Te Deum will be sent out within short.

A limited photo pool for Swedish media will be arranged at the cabinet meeting and the Te Deum.