The Swedish royal family has grown, with Princess Sofia and Prince Carl Philip welcoming a new baby on Tuesday 19th of April.
The palace revealed that the royal couple, who married in June last year after five years of dating, had a baby boy – who will be fifth in line to the throne. As is traditional in Sweden the new little royal was officially named by his grandfather, King Carl Gustav of Sweden, at a cabinet meeting.
The new parents and their family chose a very traditional name, calling their baby Prince Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil.
The palace released a statement saying, ‘the family have now left the hospital, and are at home at Drottningholm Palace. Both mother and child are in good health, and the family are looking forward to spending time together.’
When the birth was announced another statement was released via the official website of the Swedish monarchy and on Facebook, to share the good news with fans, and reassure the public that the princess and her new born son were in good health. It read: ‘The Marshal of the Realm is delighted to announce that HRH Princess Sofia gave birth to a healthy child’.
The little prince made his debut at 6.25pm at Danderyd Hospital in Stockholm, weighing just under 8 pounds at birth.
The new addition to the Swedish royal family is the second new baby to be born in the past couple of months. Crown Princess Victoria, who is Sofia’s sister-in-law, welcomed her second child on 2nd of March. The young heir to the throne was named Prince Oscar, Duke of Skane.
The youngest member of the Swedish royal family makes the King and Queen of Sweden grandparents to five children. The couple’s eldest daughter, Victoria has a little girl Princess Estelle, who is the future queen and a little boy, Prince Oscar. Meanwhile, their second daughter Princess Madeleine has a daughter named Leonore and son called Nicolas.
There are yet to be any official pictures released, but these are expected in the next few days also as was the case with Prince Oscar.