HRH Prince Nicolas Paul Gustaf, Duke of Ångermanland

On Wednesday 17 June, a Council of State was held at the Royal Palace of Stockholm in connection with Princess Madeleine having given birth to a son.

At the Council of State, The King announced that The Prince will be called Nicolas Paul Gustaf, and will be known as Nicolas. The Prince will be assigned the Duchy of Ångermanland.

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 and First Lady of the Court Kirstine von Blixen-Finecke were the witnesses. The statement of witness is signed and sealed by these witnesses.

About the duchy

Ångermanland is bordered by Medelpad to the south, Jämtland to the west, Lappland and Västerbotten to the north, and the Gulf of Bothnia to the west. It is 19,444 km² in size, and has 130,344 inhabitants (2014 figure). Most of the province is in Västernorrland County, with smaller parts being located in Jämtland County and Västerbotten County.

The province flower is the heartsease, and the province animal is the beaver.

This is the first time the province has been designated a duchy.

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.