|Photo: Christopher O'Neill/Kungahuset.se|
No, it is the title that is not only almost unprecedented but also seems out of touch with the direction of most modern monarchies.
Throughout most of history, princesses like Princess Madeleine did not pass their royal status on to their children. Usually, it was completely unnecessary, because a royal princess was almost always married to a royal or serene duke, a prince, a king or an emperor. Their children took their status from him and no one really thought much about it, except on the rare occasions when the princess was also the heir to the throne. Even then, as in the case of England's Queens Anne and Victoria, their husbands' princely rank would have made their children princes and princesses--although in Victoria's case, she did bump her kids to royal rather than the serene status held by her husband before his marriage.
|The Princess Royal (center) with her daughters|
In The Netherlands where there were only princesses born for three generations, things were a bit more complex. (See End of the Queen Streak.) In that third generation, the Dutch Queen Juliana had four daughters: the aforementioned Beatrix, Irene, Margriet, and Christina. Both Irene and Christina married without Parliament's approval and their children were not given Dutch royal status. Irene's offspring, however, are princely because their father was a prince of the House of Bourbon-Parma. For Margriet, who has been a model (and popular) princess since her birth (see Watch List: Princess Margriet), her marriage to a university professor did meet with approval and their five sons were all granted princely titles. In Belgium, the marriage of Princess Astrid to an Austrian archduke in the 1980s brought this trend to a seeming conclusion. Their five kids bear titles as princes/princesses of Belgium and archdukes/archduchesses of Austria.
In the next couple of decades, the expansion of royal families started to be seen as not-so-good. So, Beatrix announced that her grandchildren by her younger sons would be counts and countesses, not princes and princesses. In Britain, the children of the Queen's second son are princesses but those of her third son are simply known as Lady Louise Mountbatten and The Viscount Severn, and her daughter's children have not titles at all. This is also the case with the grandchildren of King Haakon of Norway by his daughter Princess Martha. Likewise, the offspring of Princesses Caroline and Stephanie of Monaco have no titles. In Spain, the king's daughters were granted ducal titles (as Madeleine was in Norway), but their children are excellencies, not highnesses, with the honorific status of dons, not princes.
Leonore's parents on their wedding day.
Nevertheless, the Princess Palace is always glad to have another princess to celebrate so welcome little Princess Leonore Duchess of Gotland!