Friday, 22 April 2016

The Te Deum for Prince Alexander

Prince Carl Philip beams with joy at the Te Deum for his newborn son, Alexander

He has attended four Te Deums to celebrate the arrival of his nieces and nephews but today Prince Carl Philip sat centre stage at the service held to mark the safe arrival of his own son, Alexander. And the new dad couldn't have looked happier or more proud.
He sat in prime position, next to his parents, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, as the Royal Family came together to give thanks for the birth of the new fifth in line to the throne of Sweden. The service took place at the Royal Chapel in the Royal Palace in Stockholm.

The King and Queen of Sweden arrive for the Te Deum for their fifth grandchild, Prince Alexander

Carl Philip's sister, Crown Princess Victoria, also looked very excited and happy as she stood next to her little brother and helped him celebrate becoming a father for the first time. Victoria was making her third public appearance since giving birth to her own son, Oscar, on March 2nd.

Sweden's royals at the Te Deum for the birth of Prince Alexander

Prince Daniel was also present but Princess Madeleine and Chris O'Neill were missing because of work commitments. The other new grandparents, Erik and Marie, were there to celebrate.

The announcement of Alexander's name and title on the Swedish Royal Family's Instagram page

Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil, Duke of Sodermanland was born on April 19th 2016 at 6.25pm at the Danderyd Hospital. He was taken home by his parents the following day and his name was announced at a special cabinet meeting on April 21st 2016 by his grandfather, King Carl XVI Gustaf, with Crown Princess Victoria at his side. Prince Alexander of Sweden is fifth in line to his country's throne.

There is a special page about the birth of Prince Alexander of Sweden here.

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