A Prince was born in Sweden last week to Princess Sofia, the wife of Prince Carl-Phillip. A picture of the newborn was released, taken by Prince Carl-Phillip.
Photo: Prince Carl-Phillip
In a cabinet meeting at the Royal Palace, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden announced the name of his grandson: HRH Prince Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil of Sweden, Duke of Sudermania. Crown Princess Victoria was also present at the meeting.
Alexander is a unprecedented name in the Swedish Royal Family, though Erik has a long royal history, and is the name of Prince alexander’s maternal grandfather. Hubertus is also one of the names of King Carl Gustaf. Bertil is one of the names of Prince Carl-Phillip, after the King’s uncle Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland, who acted as a grandfather figure to the Swedish Royal children. Prince Carl-Phillip inherited Prince Bertil’s home, Villa Solbacken, in 2013.
To celebrate the birth a Te Deum service was held in the Royal Chapel at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. The King and Queen of Sweden, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip and members of Princess Sofia’s family attended the service, with members of the Royal Court.
A notable absence was Princess Madeline and her family, who was in New York. The newborn and his mother weren’t present as per tradition.