Swedish Royals Release First Pictures of Newborn Princess

By the Associated Press | February 27, 2012 | 6:45 AM EST

Image released by the Swedish Royal Palace Monday Feb 27 2012 of Princess Estelle of Sweden, on Monday, taken at her home in Haga Palace outside Stockholm. Princess Estelle is wearing a cardigan knitted by the Crown Princess Victoria's grandmother Alice. She was born the previous Thursday and is now second in line to the throne of the Scandinavian country. (AP Photo/Royal Household)

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Swedish Royal Court has released the first close-up pictures of the Nordic country's newborn princess and future monarch.

The royal court posted the pictures of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel's daughter Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary on its website Monday.

The photos show the sleeping princess wearing a white cardigan and were taken when she was four days old at the royal couple's residency at Haga Palace.

The princess was born in Stockholm on Thursday. As Victoria's first-born child, she is second in line to the Swedish throne.

Sweden's monarch is primarily a figurehead, representing the country as the head of state but with powers limited to ceremonial functions.