Prince Carl Philip of Sweden attended a special Te Deum thanksgiving service for his newborn baby with his family at the Royal Palace of Sweden’s chapel on Friday. The prince had a broad smile as he participated in the ceremony. The 36-year-old has become a dad for the first time with the birth of his son Tuesday.
Carl Philip's wife, Princess Sofia, was noticeably absent from the service. The 31-year-old princess and her son Prince Alexander were resting at Drottningholm Palace while the rest of the family celebrated the prince’s birth at the royal palace’s chapel in Stockholm. Carl Philip’s parents King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia sat to his right in the church, while his older sister and future queen Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel were to his left.
The new father looked dapper in a black suit, paired with a crisp white shirt, matching waistcoat and a gray tie. He teamed up his look with a white pocket square. Carl Philip showed no signs of sleepless nights after the birth of his son.
Sofia’s family members, the Hellqvists , as well as representatives of the royal court, were also in attendance. Baby Alexander was born Tuesday at the Danderyd hospital in Stockholm, a statement from the palace revealed. He weighed about 7.9 pounds and mother and baby were reportedly doing well.
On Wednesday, Sofia, Carl Philip and baby Alexander left the hospital. The palace released the first picture of the newborn that showed him fast asleep in his car seat. The royal baby is fifth-in-line to the Swedish throne.
Meanwhile, Carl Gustaf announced the name of his grandson in a cabinet meeting, in keeping with the Swedish royal tradition on Thursday. Royal fans are eagerly waiting to see the first official solo portrait of the newborn, which will probably be released in the next few days, as is customary.
Over the past year, the Swedish royals have had a lot to rejoice. Princess Madeleine welcomed her second child Prince Nicolas, a few days after her brother's wedding in June. Victoria gave birth to her second child prince Oscar in March.