Pregnant princesses join New Year greeting

Not one but two Swedish royal babies are due in 2016 and Crown Princess Victoria and newlywed Princess Sofia have shown off their bumps in an official photo to mark the start of the new year.

Pregnant princesses join New Year greeting
Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/

The picture, which includes all of the adults in the Swedish royal family, is the first group shot of the whole clan to be released ahead of a new year and the only one in history to feature two pregnant princesses, who are both due to give birth in March.

It was posted on the Swedish Royal Court's website, along with the simple message of “Happy New Year!” and a recap of what has been a mammoth 12 months for the monarchy in the Nordic nation.

2015 saw Prince Carl Philip get hitched to former reality television star Princess Sofia in a grand royal wedding. Plus Princess Madeleine and Chris O'Neill briefly moved back to Sweden from the US, had a son named Prince Nicolas and then decided to relocate to London along with their daughter Leonore.

Princess Sofia and Prince Carl Philip on their wedding day. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

The family continued to make time for official engagements, including the first visit from an Indian president, providing support to people affected by the school stabbing attack in Trollhättan and hosting Sweden's annual gala banquet for Nobel prize winners.

But the court's website shied away from mentioning some of the events that have landed the royals in hot water this year, such as King Carl XVI Gustaf jokingly calling for a ban on bathtubs and refusing to house refugees in Swedish palaces.

However the new year photo comes off the back of the King's Christmas speech in which he urged Swedes to defend the nation's values by remaining trusting and open and said that his country's “willingness” to help people fleeing war and conflict remained strong.