Yesterday, King Carl XVI Gustaf announced the name Prince Carl Philip and Sofia had chosen for their newborn son: Alexander.
The Prince’s full name is Prince Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil of Sweden, who has been given the title of Duke of Södermanland. The King and now grandfather-of-five met with the Cabinet to announce the news to the press.
“It is great that the stork has been active for the Bernadotte family this spring,” the King told journalists gathered at the Royal Palace. Prince Oscar, son of Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel, arrived just seven weeks ago and in July 2015, Prince Nicolas was born to Princess Madeleine.
Södermanland, the Prince’s Dukedom, lies south of Stockholm and is a historical province.
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven revealed he had met the Prince earlier that day and held him for 15 minutes; he described the experience as “wonderful”.
“He was asleep, but had apparently kept his parents up during the night,” said Löfven.
Alexander was born on Tuesday night at 6.25pm weighing almost 8lb. His father, Carl Philip said it was ‘a great day full of emotion’ in a press conference on the day, where he revealed the sex of the newborn. He was present throughout the birth.
When asked if he had cried during the birth, the prince replied, according to People magazine: “Yes, actually. Of course. Couldn’t stop. For me and my wife, this is obviously a great day with a lot of emotion. Words cannot describe.”
The family left Danderyd Hospital on Wednesday, where the trio posed for a photo. They are now at home in Drottningholm Palace.