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In Pics: Baptism of Sweden’s adorable Prince Alexander

About 150 guests attended the ceremony in the palace chapel for the baby boy, who was born in April.

world Updated: Sep 10, 2016 21:59 IST
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Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia with Prince Alexander pictured at Palace Chapel in Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm during the christening of the five month-old Prince on Friday.(AFP)

Prince Alexander, the newest member of Sweden’s royal family, was baptized Friday at Drottningholm Palace outside Stockholm.

About 150 guests attended the ceremony in the palace chapel for the baby boy, who was born in April.

Crown Princess Victoria (2nd L) holds her son Prince Oscar and Princess Sofia (2nd R) holds her son Prince Alexander during Prince Alexander's christening at the Palace Chapel of the Drottningholm Palace. (REUTERS)

He is the first child of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia and is fifth in the line of succession.

Princess Sofia holds up Prince Alexander for King Carl Gustaf during her son's christening at the Palace Chapel of the Drottningholm Palace, Stockholm. (REUTERS)

The boy wore a white christening gown that has previously been worn by royal family members dating back to Prince Gustaf Adolf in 1906.

Arch Bishop Antje Jackelen holds up Prince Alexander at Palace Chapel in Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm during the christening of the five month-old Prince. (AFP)

Carl Philip’s father, King Carl XVI Gustaf, is Sweden’s head of state, but his duties are ceremonial and he holds no political power.

Sweden's Princess Sofia holds her son Prince Alexander, while Archbishop Antje Jackelen (L), Prince Carl Philip (2nd L), godparents Jan-Ake Hansson, (3rd R), Lina Frejd (2nd R) and Reverend Michael Bjerkhagen (R) give their blessings during his christening. (REUTERS)

The royal family is hugely popular in Sweden and the monarchy enjoys widespread support despite the egalitarianism that otherwise characterizes society in the Nordic country.

The Palace Chapel in Drottningholm Palace during the christening of the five month-old Prince Alexander in Stockholm. (REUTERS)