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Is it a bag of crisps? Is it a nightclub performer? No, it’s a Swedish princess Estelle

by | 24th, February 2012

SWEDEN’s newborn future monarch has been given a name: Estelle. But it has been lampooned by some Swedes who don’t think it’s a worthy moniker for an heir to the throne.

While many feel such criticism is highly inappropriate, others yet have weighed in to say that engaging in a debate about the princess’ name is beneath them. In other words, there’s been more than a whiff of snobbery to the reactions to this royal affair.

Herman Lindqvist, a Swedish popular historian, thought Estelle “sounds like a nightclub queen”. A resident in the town of Jönköping thought it sounds like “a bag of crisps”, probably because the most popular crisp brand in Sweden is called Estrella. On Twitter, where the royal baby was trending soon after her birth, many agreed with the man from Jönköping. Others pointed out that Estelle’s most famous and unfortunate namesake is the chain smoking, haggard actor’s agent who comically fails to advance Joey’s career in the series Friends . Like Lindqvist, some bloggers, too, were incredulous that the royals have given their daughter a commoner’s name, calling it “white trash”.

But as Lindkvist came up with new insults for the royal baby with every reporter who called him up at his home in France, there was a backlash on Twitter. He started trending as Twitterers poked fun at him and expressed their outrage at his rudeness and insensitivity. One tabloid set up a poll where readers can say what they think of the name Herman Lindqvist “beautiful”, “too un-Swedish”, “cool”, “unworthy” and so on. Incidentally, a columnist at the

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