Victoria and Daniel thank well-wishers

Since the birth of Princess Estelle on Thursday, congratulations have been flooding in to the happy parents.

Victoria and Daniel thank well-wishers

On Saturday, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel thanked their many well-wishers, in a statement published on the Swedish royal family’s website.

“A warm thank you for all the friendly greetings and congratulations we’ve received on Princess Estelle’s birth. We truly appreciate your support and that so many share our joy,” the new parents wrote.

In a formal ceremony on Friday, Sweden’s youngest royalty was blessed and received her name, but several traditions still remain to be observed.

Roger Lundgren, royal expert and editor in chief of Kungliga Magasinet, a magazine about royalty, believes that Victoria and Daniel’s daughter will be baptized in Stockholm’s Slottskyrkan church in June.

He also suspects that the godparent tradition that has emerged between Swedish and foreign royal families will lead to Princess Estelle having more godparents than the four that Crown Princess Victoria and her siblings have.

In the short time since her birth at 4.26am on Thursday, Princess Estelle has quickly become a very public person.

During her first day of life, more than 2,300 news stories were published about her in Swedish press, according to market analyser Retriever.

But Swedes weren’t the only ones interested in Estelle. International interest spawned some 3,300 articles worldwide.

Outside of Sweden, the biggest interest in the newborn princess was found in Germany, where nearly 800 articles were published.

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Italian king’s heir apologises for monarchy’s Holocaust role

A descendant of Italy's wartime King Victor Emmanuel III has apologised to the country's Jewish community for his ancestor's role in dictator Mussolini's racial laws and the Holocaust.

Italian king's heir apologises for monarchy's Holocaust role
An archival picture of the Italian royal family in 1938 . Photo: AFP

“I condemn the 1938 racial laws, all of whose weight I still feel on my shoulders to this day, and with me the whole royal house,” 48-year-old Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy said of his great-grandfather.

Victor Emmanuel III had put his signature to an “unacceptable document”, he added in a letter posted to Facebook, “officially apologising” in the name of his family.

Almost 8,000 Italian Jews were deported from the country and murdered in Nazi extermination camps, most of them in Auschwitz.

Giving a TV interview alongside the letter, Emanuele Filiberto also vaunted his family's positive role in Italian unification and granting of equal rights to Jews from 1848.

Several Italian royals were themselves deported to Nazi concentration camps, he recalled.

After the war, Victor Emmanuel III abdicated in May 1946 and died the following year in Egypt.

His son Humbert II reigned for only a month before leaving for Switzerland when Italians opted for a republican constitution in a referendum.

Parliament only ended a constitutional ban on the House of Savoy's male heirs returning to Italy in 2002, after Emanuele Filiberto and his father Vittorio Emanuele swore loyalty to the republic.

The two men gave up on compensation claims demanding 260 million euros for their family's exile and the return of the royal family's confiscated property after a public outcry.

Emanuele Filiberto is married to French actress Clotilde Courau.