For those who closely follow the European royal families, there are few events as exciting as the debut of royal family portraits. The Swedish royal family released Monday family portrait photos taken in honor of the christening of the family’s newest royal, Prince Alexander.
The five-month-old was baptized Friday in a ceremony held at Drottningholm Palace Church in Stockholm, according to the Swedish Royal Court website.
Princess Sofia and Carl Philip were photographed in a sprawling, ornate room within the palace and Alexander was pictured sitting on the princess’ lap. Wearing a christening gown more than 100-years-old, the young Alexander's clothing was also worn by Prince Gustaf Adolf in 1906, the Daily Mail reported.
Sofia wore a custom-made white lace dress designed by major Swedish designer Ida Sjöstedt. She also wore a pearl headband and cream Mary Jane heels to match. Carl Philip wore his Swedish Navy uniform outfitted in medals.
The Swedish royal family released several photos that included members of the extended family. An additional photo was taken with the young royal couple and their respective sisters: Sofia’s sisters, Sara Hellqvist and Lina Frejd, and Carl Philip's own sisters, Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.
Victoria wore a pink lace, long-sleeved gown by designer Elie Saab. Taking a cue from her sister-in-law, Victoria also paired a matching headband with her ensemble. Hellqvist wore a patterned floral gown, paired with grey suede pumps and Frejd opted for a solid blue dress. Madeleine wore a stunning floral frock with a white collar.
Another portrait was taken with both sets of grandparents: Prince Carl’s parents, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia; and Sofia’s parents, Marie and Erik Hellqvist.
Pink was the color of choice for both mothers. Marie Hellqvist wore a pink lace dress and the queen wore a pink suit.
Following the christening, the family held a reception and lunch at the palace.
Alexander, Duke of Södermanland, is the first child of the young couple and he is fifth in line for the Swedish throne.