Prince Alexander of Sweden, the older son of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia, turns two-years-old today. As tradition dictates, new photos were released by the Royal Court of Sweden of the young royal in celebration.
Released this morning, his second birthday portraits were taken by Erika Gerdemark and feature His Royal Highness solo outdoors.
Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil was born on 19 April 2016 at Danderyd Hospital in Danderyd, Sweden, at 6:25 pm local time. His birth came just over a month after the birth of his paternal cousin, Prince Oscar, who is the younger child and only son of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel. His name and duchy were announced by his grandfather, King Carl XVI Gustaf in a cabinet meeting two days later. His full title is His Royal Highness Prince Alexander of Sweden, Duke of Södermanland.
Alexander was King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia’s fifth grandchild and third grandson; he ranks fifth in line to the Swedish throne after his paternal aunt, Crown Princess Victoria, her two children (Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar) and his father. He is followed in the line of succession by his younger brother, paternal aunt, Princess Madeleine and her three children (Princess Leonore, Prince Nicolas and Princess Adrienne).
The Prince was christened in the Royal Chapel of Drottningholm Palace on 9 September 2016. His godparents were named as Crown Princess Victoria; his maternal aunt, Lina Hellqvist; paternal cousin, Victor Magnuson; friend of his father’s, Jan-Åke Hansson; and friend of his mother’s, Cajsa Larsson.
The ceremony featured some adorable moments as Alexander and Oscar (seated in their mothers’ laps beside one another) were playing with each other throughout the service.
Alexander was joined by a younger brother on 31 August 2017, and he has a new cousin to play with after Princess Madeleine gave birth to Princess Adrienne on 9 March 2018.