| Duke of Södermanland
|Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil|
|Born|| 19 April 2016 |
Danderyd Municipality, Sweden
|Father||Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland|
|Religion||Church of Sweden|
Prince Alexander, Duke of Södermanland (Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil; born 19 April 2016), is the elder child and son of Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland and Princess Sofia, Duchess of Värmland.
As of July 2020, Prince Alexander is fifth in line to succeed the Swedish throne.
Early life Edit
Prince Alexander was born on 19 April 2016 at 18:25 at Danderyd Hospital in Danderyd, Sweden as the first son of Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland and Princess Sofia, Duchess of Värmland. He is fifth grandchild and third grandson of Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and Queen Silvia of Sweden and first grandchild of Erik and Marie Hellqvist.
The birth was celebrated with a 21-gun salute from Skeppsholmen in Stockholm on 20 April.
On April 22, three days after the birth of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia’s first child Prince Alexander, a Te Deum service of thanksgiving was held at the Royal Chapel of the palace in Stockholm. Members of the Swedish Royal Family as well as Princess Sofia’s family were present at the Te Deum, although Princess Madeleine and Christopher O’Neill were not in attendance were missing because of work commitments.
His name and title, Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil, Duke of Södermanland, were announced by King Carl XVI Gustaf on 21 April 2016 at a cabinet meeting.
His names are:
- Alexander: a names his parents liked
- Erik: after his maternal grandfather, Erik Hellqvist
- Hubertus: after his paternal grandfather, Carl Gustaf Folke Hubertus
- Bertil: after late Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland, grand-uncle of his father
Prince Alexander was christened on 9 September 2016 in the Royal Chapel at Drottningholm Palace. The service was conducted by Archbishop Antje Jackelén, Chief Court Chaplain Bishop Johan Dalman and Pastor of the Royal Court Parish Michael Bjerkhagen.
His godparents are Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden (his paternal aunt), Lina Frejd (his maternal aunt), Victor Magnuson (his father's paternal cousin), Jan-Åke Hansson (his father's friend who was also best man at his wedding) and Cajsa Larssonn (his mother's friend).
Royal engagements Edit
His first public appearance was on 6 June 2016, when he joined his parents for the official ‘opening of the palace gates’ to mark National Day.
On 23 August 2018, Prince Alexander made first official visit to his Duchy, Södermanland. While there he visited Gijsjön in Nynäs Nature Reserve to open a viewpoint which was given to him as a gift on the occasion of his baptism by Södermanland County.
Titles, styles, and honours Edit
Titles and styles Edit
- 21 April 2016 – 6 October 2019: His Royal Highness Prince Alexander of Sweden, Duke of Södermanland
- 7 October 2019 – present: Prince Alexander of Sweden, Duke of Södermanland
Swedish honours Edit
- Sweden: Knight of the Royal Order of the Seraphim
- Sweden: Knight of the Order of Charles XIII (RCXIII)
- ↑ Announcement from the Marshal of the Realm. Royal Court of Sweden
- ↑ Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia have had a son. Royal Court of Sweden
- ↑ Swedish Princess Sofia gives birth to first child. The Local
- ↑ The Te Deum for Prince Alexander. Queens of England
- ↑ HRH Prince Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil, Duke of Södermanland. Royal Court of Sweden
- ↑ HRH Prince Alexander will be christened in the Royal Chapel at Drottningholm Palace. Royal Court of Sweden
- ↑ Officiating clergy at the christening of HRH Prince Alexander. Royal Court of Sweden
- ↑ Prince Alexander Christening Godparents. Royal Court of Sweden
- ↑ Baby Prince Alexander Helps Open The Palace on Sweden’s National Day. The Royal Forums
- ↑ Two-year-old Prince Alexander of Sweden makes first official visit to Duchy. Royal Central