In Pictures: Prince Alexander of Sweden’s Christening
The entire country celebrated as Prince Alexander of Sweden was christened on September 9 at Drottnigholm Palace Church. Among those in attendance were King Carl XVI, Queen Silvia and other members of the Royal Family, politicians and guests who witnessed the ceremony steep in tradition.
Prince Alexander was garbed by the same christening gown first worn by Prince Gustaf Adolf on his own christening in 1906, as well as Alexander’s cousins on their respective christenings. Princess Sofia carried the baby prince with the proud father, Prince Carl Philip right beside her. His godparents included Crown Princess Victoria, his maternal aunt, Lina Frejd, his father's paternal cousin Victor Magnuson, Jan-Åke Hansson (who was also Prince Carl Philip's best man at his wedding) and his mother's friend Cajsa Larsson.
Princess Sofia beamed as she entered the church in white lace custom made by Ida Sjöstedt. Her attire was complemented by the pearl headband and cream satin heels she wore on this special day. A 21-gun salute was fired from Skeppsholmen and from HMS Kullen outside Drottningholm Palace in honor of the event. Guests were invited to the reception following the service. According to the Royal Family’s official website, the Swedish Parliament and Government gifted the prince with Swedish children’s books. The County Administrative Board of Södermanland, meanwhile, dedicated a path and viewpoint in Nynäs nature reserve in honor of a prince. The board also gave him a children’s bird book, as well as a book about butterflies from Sörmland.
Prince Alexander of Sweden was born on April 19, 2016. Image source: Kungahuset