International Royals

All the details about a royal baptism about to take place

The godparents have been announced...

The Swedish royal family is gearing up to celebrate the christening of its tiniest member, Prince Alexander of Sweden as he is baptised this week.

Prior to the event the little royal’s parents, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia, have announced who will be their son’s godparents.

Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland, and Princess Sofia with their son, Prince Alexander of Sweden.
Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland, and Princess Sofia with their son, Prince Alexander of Sweden.

Prince Alexander will have five godparents in total. Carl Philip's older sister and the future queen of Sweden, Crown Princess Victoria, Sofia's sister Lina Frejd and Sofia’s childhood pal, Wendy Larsson will all be given a godmother role. As for godfathers, Carl Philip’s best friend, Jan-Åke Hansson and the prince's first cousin Victor Magnuson are named.

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden with her son, Prince Oscar, who is just one and half months older than Prince Alexander.
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden with her son, Prince Oscar, who is just one and half months older than Prince Alexander.

The ceremony is set to be held at 11 o’clock at the Drottningholm Palace Church in Sweden on Friday.

The church service will be televised by Sweden’s national broadcaster, SVT and then the royals will have a small reception with invited guests.

As is tradition, Prince Alexander - who was born in April this year - will wear the same christening gown that was worn by his father, and first worn by Prince Gustaf Adolf in 1906.

Thousands of well-wishers lined the streets for the wedding of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia last year.
Thousands of well-wishers lined the streets for the wedding of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia last year.

Alexander – whose full name is Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil, and carries the official title of Duke of Södermanland – is the first child for Carl Philip and Sofia, who married in June, 2015.

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