Prince Alexander‘s Christening was yesterday, September 9, at the Royal Chapel at Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm. If you haven’t watched the ceremony yet and would like to do so, you can view it here. With all the royal children in attendance, there were a lot of Swedish royals: King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Princess Estelle, Prince Oscar, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Sofia, Alexander of course, Princess Madeleine, Chris O’Neill, Princess Leonore, and Prince Nicolas.
Prince Alexander was very well behaved – he didn’t cry at all during the ceremony, not even during the “Lion King” moment nor the baptism. Alex is a big baby, almost five months old, and you could see during the ceremony that the Christening gown didn’t close at the back. Alex wore the traditional Swedish royal Christening gown which dates from 1906 and is made of cotton batiste and Valenciennes lace (bobbin lace) with a petticoat of satin woven silk, and the cape which features the names and dates of all the royal babies who were baptized in the gown.
Both Carl Philip and Victoria gave a reading during the ceremony. I love that Carl Philip talked directly to Alexander. Sofia’s sister, Sara Hellqvist, also gave a reading.
When Carl Gustaf presented Alexander with his baby sash – the Swedish Order of the Seraphim – he shook his hand, and Alexander would not let go. Alexander was very grabby, holding on to Carl Philip’s hand as well and also grabbing at his Order and trying to eat it.
Alexander’s monogram and coat of arms representing him as Duke of Södermanland.
Alexander has five godparents: Crown Princess Victoria (Carl Philip’s sister); Lina Frejd (Sofia’s oldest sister); Victor Magnuson (Carl Philip’s cousin/Princess Christina’s youngest son); Jan-Åke Hansson (who was Carl Philip’s Best Man at his wedding); and Cajsa Larsson (Sofia’s childhood friend).
What would a Swedish royal event be without cute moments? I’ll get to the cute baby moments in a second, but quite possibly my favorite moment was when Carl Philip and Sofia were walking to the Palace after the ceremony. Carl Philip rubbed Sofia’s arm while they were walking. It’s just such a sweet moment between the two. One thing I really loved about the ceremony was how besotted Carl Philip and Sofia were with each other and with their son. It’s just nice to see.
Sofia sat next to Victoria during the ceremony and both were holding their babies, so there were some cute moments of interaction between cousins Alexander and Oscar.
About 20-25 minutes into the ceremony, Estelle disappeared from her baby throne, going to sit with someone else in the congregation. But Estelle came back to her seat toward the end of the ceremony and she and Leonore shared a chair for a moment. It’s really adorable how close they are.
Nicolas still loves his toothbrush.
Leonore just can’t be still. And while that must be a huge headache for her parents, it’s a joy to watch from afar. Before Maddie even sat down, Leonore was already grabbing for the program on Estelle’s chair. Something really smart that they did this time was provide little goodie bags on Madeleine and Chris’ chairs, which included snacks for Leonore and Nicolas, and mini toys for Leonore. Leonore, of course, could not sit still – she moved around in her chair and she darted away at one point. She came back to her seat a few minutes later.
After the ceremony, there was a reception at the Palace, where Sofia and Carl Philip greeted guests while Alex was in Karl XV’s cradle.
Now onto the fashion. Princess Sofia went matchy-matchy with Alexander’s Christening gown, wearing a white lace ensemble from her wedding gown designer, Ida Sjöstedt. I’m not a fan of the pattern in this lace but I love that Sofia wore a pearl headband. She also wore the King’s Portrait (which is Sweden’s Royal Family Order, though they don’t call it that). Carl Philip wore his navy uniform and the Order of the Seraphim.
Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Estelle also went matchy-matchy with each other. Victoria went with a new rose-colored Elie Saab lace dress which retails for $4,975, her Kreuger Jewellery Poppy earrings which retail for about $5,261, and a new pair of nude pumps from Gianvito Rossi which retail for $675. Victoria also wore the Portrait of the King. I’m going to be biased here and say that I love me some Elie Saab and I can see spending thousands of dollars on a good Elia Saab dress, just not this one. It’s lovely, and I think Victoria is the best dressed of the adults, but this dress isn’t special enough to warrant almost 5K.
Estelle wore a Tartine et Chocolat cranberry dress (€110.00) and Bonpoint raspberry flats ($245.00). Estelle’s just in all the berries. She also wore a braided ponytail and a little gold necklace. Oscar was also in Tartine et Chocolat, wearing their Soft Velour Dungarees in Heather grey ($102). Daniel was in a morning suit.
The Princess Family broke my heart and made me happy all in one go. Princess Madeleine wore a floral Erdem dress with a collar. UGH. So ugly. The navy bow at the back of her updo was pretty, though. She also wore the King’s Portrait. Leonore didn’t wear blue! She wore a very pretty light green dress with floral embellishments, gold flats, and a bow in her ponytail. Nicolas wore a white shirt with navy shorts and shoes, while Chris wore a morning suit.