HRH Prince Oscar Carl Olof, Duke of Skåne

On Thursday 3 March, a Council of State was held at the Royal Palace of Stockholm in connection with Crown Princess Victoria having given birth to a son.

At the Council of State, The King announced that The Prince will be called Oscar Carl Olof, and will be known as Oscar. The Prince will be assigned the Duchy of Skåne.

A statement of witness was drawn up earlier in the day, as is traditional on the occasion of a royal birth. Speaker Urban Ahlin, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, Marshal of the Realm Svante Lindqvist, Mistress of the Robes Kirstine von Blixen-Finecke, obstetrician Lennart Nordström and midwife Cecilia Lind were the witnesses. Photo: royalcourt.se

The signed and sealed statement of witness. Photo: royalcourt.se

About the duchy

Skåne is bordered by Halland and Småland to the north and Blekinge to the northeast. It is 11,007 km² in size, and has 1,271,779 inhabitants (2014 figure). Skåne has coastlines with the Baltic Sea to the east and south, the Öresund Sound to the West and the Kattegat to the northwest. The islands of Hallands Väderö and Hven are included in the province. The province of Skåne includes most of Skåne County. (Östra Karup is part of Halland.) The province flower is the oxeye daisy, and the province animal is the red deer.

King Gustav VI Adolf (1882-1973) was Duke of Skåne.

Portrait of King Gustaf VI Adolf dating from 1923. Photo: The Royal Court

Council of State

On the occasion of a royal birth, a Council of State is held. The King convenes the Council of State in accordance with Chapter 5, Article 3 of the Instrument of Government, which states that the Government shall hold a Council of State chaired by the Head of State.

At the Council of State, The King informs the Government of the title, name, given name and assigned duchy of the heir to the throne.