The Swedish royal court released four official photos from Prince Alexander’s Christening this morning.
The first photo features the Prince Family: Prince Carl Philip, Princess Sofia, and Prince Alexander.
I really love the green and pink background in these photos – much better than the white in Oscar’s photos and the bright green in Nicolas’ photos – though I wish we could have gotten a photo of Carl Philip holding Alexander to mix things up a bit.
The second photo features the Prince Family with both sets of grandparents: Sofia’s parents, Erik Hellqvist and Marie Rotman, and Carl Philip’s parents, Queen Silvia and King Carl XVI Gustaf.
For all the talk that Carl Gustaf favors Carl Philip, you would think Carl Gustaf would smile more in this photo.
Speaking of favoritism. There was a comment on the Alexander Christening thread which mentioned the seating arrangements of Sofia’s versus Daniel’s parents at their respective children’s Christenings: Sofia’s parents sat in the front row next to the King and Queen while Daniel’s sat in the second row behind the King and Queen. I want to point out that Chris O’Neill’s mother sat in the front row at both Nicolas’ and Leonore’s Christenings – the same seating arrangement as Sofia’s parents. I also want to point out that Estelle and Oscar were Christened at a different venue than Leonore, Nicolas, and Alexander. Estelle and Oscar were Christened at the larger Royal Palace Chapel while Leonore, Nicolas, and Alexander were Christened at the smaller Drottningholm Palace Chapel, which means the seating arrangements were different between the two venues. Also, both Estelle’s and Oscar’s Christenings had foreign royals present which took precedence over the other people in attendance (even Carl Philip and Madeleine got bumped). Given that information, I would say that the difference in seating arrangements between Sofia’s and Daniel’s parents had less to do with child favoritism and more to do with venue difference.
The third photo features the Prince Family with all four aunties: Sofia’s sisters, Sara Hellqvist and Lina Frejd, and Carl Philip’s sisters, Princess Madeleine and Crown Princess Victoria.
The final photo is the godparent photo, featuring the Prince Family with all five of Alexander’s godparents: Lina Frejd (Sofia’s oldest sister), Victor Magnuson (Carl Philip’s cousin/Princess Christina’s youngest son), Crown Princess Victoria, Jan-Åke Hansson (Carl Philip’s friend and Best Man), and Cajsa Larsson (Sofia’s friend).
I’m fully expecting we will get a detailed itinerary of the Cambridges tour of Canada this week, possibly today. Until then, be sure to check out my post of the Cambs and Carole Middleton hanging with the Queen in Scotland.
Photos: Mattias Edwall/Kungahuset.se