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In pictures: Sweden’s Prince Alexander’s royal christening

All the best and cutest pictures from Prince Alexander's big day.

In pictures: Sweden's Prince Alexander's royal christening
Prince Alexander of Sweden. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Five-month old Prince Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil, son of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia, was officially christened at lunchtime by archbishop Antje Jackelén, using water brought in from a special spring on the island of Öland as is traditional.


Prince Alexander was at the centre of attention on Friday. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

“Amen and high five for Alexander,” said the bishop and chief court chaplain Johan Dalman, who assisted Jackelén during the ceremony at the Drottningholm Royal Chapel, in the opening speech.


Alexander and his parents, Princess Sofia and Prince Carl Philip. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

The little prince stayed mostly quiet during the ceremony, unlike his older cousin Prince Oscar earlier this year.


Cousin love between Oscar and Alexander. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

Thanks to a baby boom in the Royal Family, Alexander is far down the order of succession, number five. On the plus side, the further down the hierarchy, the fewer official duties children are expected to have, so Alexander will likely have fewer eyes watching him throughout his life than father Prince Carl Philip has.


From left, Prince Daniel, Princess Leonore, Princess Madeleine, Princess Leonore, Chris O'Neill and Prince Nicolas. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

The white christening gown he wore is the same one worn by every royal at their baptism since Prince Gustaf Adolf in 1906. 


A happy-looking little royal baby Alexander. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Finally, here's a picture of Alexander looking on while his grandfather King Carl XVI Gustaf presumably tells him a typical grandad pull-my-finger joke. Yes, Alexander, it's maybe funny the first time you hear it, but it soon wears off.


Sofia, Alexander and King Carl XVI Gustaf. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

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Swedish Crown Princess and Prince catch Covid-19 for the second time

Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel have both tested positive for Covid-19 for the second time, although the pair have very mild cold symptoms.

Swedish Crown Princess and Prince catch Covid-19 for the second time
Both Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel have tested positive for Covid-19. Photo: TT

Sweden’s Royal Court announced that Prince Daniel had tested positive in a press release issued on Sunday, while Crown Princess Victoria’s second infection was revealed in another release on Saturday.

The royal couple, who are both fully vaccinated, first tested positive for the virus in March last year, and have only mild symptoms. 

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According to the press releases Prince Daniel was suffering “very mild symptoms and feels well”, while Princess Victoria has “the symptoms of a cold but otherwise feels well”.  

The couple are both now isolating in Haga Palace in the north of Stockholm, where they have lived since 2010. 

Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, who are triple-vaccinated, both tested positive on Tuesday. The couple are now symptom-free, but are continuing their isolation at Drottningholm Palace to the west of Stockholm. 

Prince Carl Philip, Victoria’s younger brother, and his wife Princess Sofia were the first Swedish royals to test positive in November 2020. 

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