Sunday, 11 December 2016

The Royal 2016: another prince for Sweden

Prince Alexander of Sweden
Born April 19th 2016
(photo kungahuset/ Kate Gabor)

Until 2015, Prince Carl Philip was the only man in the Swedish line of succession. This year his son became the fourth man entitled to inherit the throne to which he himself had briefly been heir. Alexander of Sweden was the third prince born to the Swedish Royal Family in ten months and his arrival was yet another highlight in a golden time for this ruling house.

And baby makes three - the first photo of Carl Philip and Sofia with their son

Princess Sofia of Sweden gave birth to a son on April 19th 2016 at the Danderyd Hospital, Stockholm. The proud father, Prince Carl Philip, announced the arrival of a baby boy hours later at a press conference.

The first official photo of Prince Alexander of Sweden

The baby's names were announced at a special Cabinet meeting on April 21st when King Carl XVI Gustaf confirmed his third grandson was called Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil. He gave the young prince the title of Duke of Sodermanland.

 A new royal family takes shape

The traditional Te Deum was held on April 22nd and Alexander made several official appearances before his christening on September 9th 2016 at the Royal Chapel of Drottningholm Palace with Crown Princess Victoria among his godparents.

Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil, Duke of Sodermanland 
on the day of his christening, September 9th 2016

Alexander of Sweden is fifth in line to his country's throne. His birth came just weeks after the arrival of Victoria's son, Prince Oscar, and just days before the 70th birthday of his grandfather, King Carl XVI Gustaf making 2016 a real year of celebrations for Sweden's Royal Family.


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