King Carl XVI Gustaf held a cabinet meeting yesterday morning, April 21, also attended by Crown Princess Victoria, at which he revealed the name of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia‘s son: Prince Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil.
The baby’s full name and title:
His Royal Highness Prince Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil, Duke of Södermanland.
I love the name Alexander.
Södermanland is a county in the southern region of Sweden. The provincial flower is white water lily and provincial animal is the osprey. Södermanland has had several dukes over the years including Oscar I (1799-1859) and Prince Wilhelm (1884-1965).
The witness acknowledgment took place ahead of the cabinet meeting at Drottningholm Palace. Speaker Urban Ahlin, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, Marshal of the Realm Svante Lindqvist, statsfru Anna Hamilton, Chief Sophia Brismar Wendel, and midwife Anna Ståhl were witnesses.
The family released messages:
King and Queen: “We are pleased for Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia’s sake and happy about becoming grandparents. We wish the new parents a nice time in peace and quiet with their son.”
Victoria and Daniel: “We wish Carl Philip and Sofia a wonderful first time with their newborn son, and rejoice with the new parents.”
Madeleine and Christ O’Neill: “It is a great pleasure to welcome a new family member and we congratulate Carl Philip and Sofia on becoming parents.”
Marie and Erik Hellqvist (Sofia’s parents): “We feel great joy today when Prince Carl Philip and our daughter Sofia had their first child. It is a long-awaited grandson and we are both very proud and happy. We wish them the best of luck with the new family member and we will support and help as grandparents.”
Lina Hellqvist and Sara Hellqvist (Sofia’s sisters): “It is with great joy and love we welcome a new little family member. We have been looking forward to become aunts and it will be exciting to get to know our sister’s children. We wish the expectant family all the best!”
In addition to the above message, Princess Madeleine wrote on her Facebook page: “We are so happy for Sofia and Carl Philip and for our new family member! Leonore and Nicolas are thrilled to have a third cousin and we can’t wait to see him!”
The Prince couple and their new son went home from the hospital two days ago.
The Te Deum will take place today. We should get a photo of the baby sometime soon, maybe Monday.
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