Sweden’s Prince Alexander is scheduled to be christened on 9 September 2016 in the Royal Chapel at Drottningholm Palace. Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil was born on 19 April 2016 and is the first child of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia, currently 5th in line to the throne following his Aunt, Crown Princess Victoria, his cousins, Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar and his father, Prince Carl Philip. He will be just under 5 months old on the day of his christening.
The Royal Chapel at Drottningholm Palace is the same venue the two children of Princess Madeleine, Princess Leonore and Prince Nicolas, were christened. The children of the Crown Princess were christened at the Royal Chapel at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Like his four elder cousins, father and aunts, Prince Alexander will wear the family christening dress, first used by Prince Gustav Adolf in 1906 and will have his name embroidered on it.
The water used at the christening will be from a spring on Öland, another Swedish Royal Family tradition. Prince Alexander will be awarded the Royal Order of the Seraphim. Like his cousins, he will wear the order on a “baby sash” at his christening, and then not wear it again until he comes of age at 18.
The court has announced that the Christening of the young prince will be officiated by The Most Revered Dr. Antje Jackelén, Archbishop with assistance from The Right Reverend Dr. Johan Dalman, Bishop and Chief Court Chaplain, and The Reverend Michael Bjerkhagen, Court Chaplain and Rector of the Royal Court Parish. This is the same officiating clergy as at the christening of Prince Oscar back in May, and Dr. Antje Jackelén and Michael Bjerkhagen were part of the clergy at the christening of Prince Nicolas last October.
Although the list of godparents won’t be announced until right before the christening the court confirmed that besides the immediate family, invitees to the event include other European Royals and Swedish Officials. Crown Princess Victoria is highly favourited to be picked as one of the godmothers, as Prince Carl Philip is godfather to her daughter Princess Estelle. The guests will then be invited to a reception where they will likely be able to greet the Prince family, followed by a private lunch. Although there is no confirmation about the appearance of Alexander’s young cousins, and the court rarely announces in advance whether the children will be at events, Princesses Estelle and Leonore and Prince Nicolas were all present at the Christening of Prince Oscar earlier this year, and there is a good chance we will see them in September.
For those of us who are not members of a European Royal family or a high-ranking Swedish government official, we can still watch the christening live as SVT will be streaming it worldwide on their website.