It was Prince Alexander’s big day – his christening was held at Drottningholm Palace Church. Alexander was dressed adorably in the cream christening gown that dozens of Swedish royal babies have worn before him, including Prince Carl Philip.
Prince Alexander was as good as gold for his high-profile appearance, which saw members of the Swedish royal family step out in full force. Princess Sofia was resplendent in a white broderie anglaise dress, and couldn’t have looked happier as she doted on her first-born.
Crown Princess Victoria, who is a godmother to baby Alexander, and Princess Madeleine were also spotted arriving at the church with their husbands and children. Victoria’s daughter Princess Estelle looked sweet in a pink dress while Madeleine’s little girl Princess Leonore wore a green frock. Madeleine’s husband Chris O’Neill carried the couple’s one-year-old son Prince Nicolas in his arms and soothed the youngster as he started to cry at the start of the ceremony. King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, who were seated next to Sofia’s parents, completed the royal party.
Also representing Sofia’s side were her two sisters – her sibling Lina is a godmother and delivered a reading during the service. Sofia’s childhood friend Wendy Larsson, another godmother, was also in attendance. Carl Philip had asked his friend Jan-Åke Hansson, who acted as his best man at his wedding, and his first cousin Victor Magnuson to act as godfathers.
As expected, the christening was a grand affair steeped in tradition. Archbishop Antje Jackelén officiated, assisted by Bishop Johan Dahlman and Chaplain Michael Bjerkhagen.
Baby Alexander was baptised using water from a spring on the island of Öland – a long-standing tradition. His parents and godparents gathered around him as he was blessed at the font.
Princess Victoria, and Prince Carl Philip delivered readings. After the service, Sofia and Carl Philip presented their baby boy to well-wishers outside the church. The party then moved on to the palace for a reception and a private lunch. The royals will also pose for official portraits.