Pass the crowns. Here comes a new generation of royals!
This year proved a busy one for royal families!
The latest news comes from Sweden, where newly-married Princess Madeleine and her American-British banker husband (who declined a title) Christopher O'Neill are expecting their first child. "Chris and I are thrilled to let you know that we are expecting a baby for early March next year. We feel so blessed and can't wait to become parents!" Madeleine wrote on her Facebook page. "Thank you so much for all your wonderful comments! We are so touched by everyone who has wished us well and are extremely happy to have such fortunate news to share."
This future Prince or Princess of Sweden joins these other wee ones as the newest members of Europe's royal families:
Princess Madeleine of Sweden, , married American-British banker Christopher O'Neill, 39, in June. The couple announced on Tuesday that they're expecting their first royal baby in March of next year. If our math is right, does that mean they conceived on their honeymoon?
Princess Madeleine's sister Princess Victoria gave birth to second-in-line Princess Estelle last year Looks like Estelle's going to have a cousin soon!
Of course, we all know the details surrounding the newest addition to the Windsor family George was born back in July and was swiftly whisked away to Grandma and Grandpa Middleton's home in the country. Just this week, Prince William announced that he is leaving military service to devote more time to charities (and presumably his growing family).
Prince George isn't the only new British royal born this year Last month Lord Frederick Windsor (a distant relative of William's—the Queen is a cousin of Lord Frederick's father, if you can follow that) and wife Sophie Winkleman welcomed daughter Maud Elizabeth Daphne Marina to the family. Little Maud is 42nd in line to ascend the throne if you're keeping up.
The next member of the British royal family is due in January Zara Phillips and husband Mike Tindall, who wed in 2011, are expecting their first child next year. Here, Zara dresses her bump in a figure-flattering trapeze dress, nude pumps and fascinator a la cousin-in-law Kate.
Granddaughter of the late Princess Grace of Monaco, Charlotte is engaged to Moroccan-born French comedian Gad Elmaleh The royal couple plans to wed before Christmas, but that's not the only good news—they're also expecting a child!