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Little Prince Alexander of Sweden takes centre stage at his christening in Stockholm

Prince Carl Philip (L) and Princess Sofia with Prince Alexander are pictured at Palace Chapel in Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm during the christening of the five month-old Prince
Prince Carl Philip (L) and Princess Sofia with Prince Alexander are pictured at Palace Chapel in Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm during the christening of the five month-old Prince
Sweden's Princess Sofia, centre, holds her son Prince Alexander, while Arch Bishop Antje Jackelen, left, Prince Carl Philip, second left, god parents Jan-Ake Hansson, third right, and Lina Frejd, second right, and Rev. Michael Bjerkhagen give their blessings at Palace Chapel in Drottningholm Palace at the christening of the five month-old Prince in Stockholm, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. (Jonas Ekstromer / TT via AP)
Arch Bishop Antje Jackelen, second right, holds up Sweden's Prince Alexander as Bishop Johan Dalman, second left, and Princess Sofia watch, during the christening of the five month-old Prince at Palace Chapel in Drottningholm Palace, Stockholm, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. (Jonas Ekstromer / TT via AP)
Sweden's Princess Sofia, right, smiles as she holds her five month-old son Prince Alexander next to Prince Carl Philip, left, after Alexander's christening at Drottningholm Palace, Stockholm, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. (Anders Wiklund / TT via AP)
Arch Bishop Antje Jackelen, holds up Sweden's five month-old Prince Alexander at Palace Chapel in Drottningholm Palace during his christening in Stockholm, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. (Jonas Ekstromer / TT via AP)
Prince Carl Philip (L) and Princess Sofia with Prince Alexander are pictured at Palace Chapel in Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm during the christening of the five month-old Prince
Princess Sofia (L) holds up her son Prince Alexander for King Carl Gustaf (R) at Palace Chapel in Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm
Crown Princess Victoria (2ndL) and Princess Sofia (2ndR) hold their sons Princes Oscar and Alexander at Palace Chapel in Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm
Arch Bishop Antje Jackelen holds up Prince Alexander at Palace Chapel in Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm while Prince Carl Philip (L), Bishop Johan Dalman and Princess Sofia watch during the christening of the five month-old Prince
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
Princess Sofia (C) holds her son Prince Alexander, while Arch Bishop Antje Jackelen (L), Prince Carl Philip (2nd L), godparents Jan-Ake Hansson, (3rd R) and Lina Frejd (2nd R) and Rev. Michael Bjerkhagen (R) give their blessings at Palace Chapel in Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Prince Alexander of Sweden took centre stage today as he was christened in Stockholm.

The five-month-old son of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia was baptised at the Palace Chapel in Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm and unlike the ceremonies of Princess Charlotte and Prince George, the Swedish royal family allowed photographers inside the ceremony.

The five godparents comprised of the prince's close friends Jan-Ake Hansson and Victor Magnuson, Sofia's sister Lina, her childhood friend Wendy Larsson and Crown Princess Victoria, while Rev. Michael Bjerkhagen performed the blessing.

The royals were out in force to celebrate the occasion with Victoria arriving alongside her husband Prince Daniel and their children Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar, Princess Madeleine and husband Chris O'Neill with their children Leonore and Nicolas.

Sweden's Princess Sofia, right, smiles as she holds her five month-old son Prince Alexander next to Prince Carl Philip, left, after Alexander's christening at Drottningholm Palace, Stockholm, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. (Anders Wiklund / TT via AP)
Sweden's Princess Sofia, right, smiles as she holds her five month-old son Prince Alexander next to Prince Carl Philip, left, after Alexander's christening at Drottningholm Palace, Stockholm, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. (Anders Wiklund / TT via AP)

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia were seated next to Sofia's parents Erik and Marie Hellqvist for the family occasion.

Sofia, a former model and reality tv star, wore a semi-sheer white lace dress and white pearl hairband, wearing her hair in a low chiffon bun.

Arch Bishop Antje Jackelen, holds up Sweden's five month-old Prince Alexander at Palace Chapel in Drottningholm Palace during his christening in Stockholm, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. (Jonas Ekstromer / TT via AP)
Arch Bishop Antje Jackelen, holds up Sweden's five month-old Prince Alexander at Palace Chapel in Drottningholm Palace during his christening in Stockholm, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. (Jonas Ekstromer / TT via AP)
Arch Bishop Antje Jackelen holds up Prince Alexander at Palace Chapel in Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm while Prince Carl Philip (L), Bishop Johan Dalman and Princess Sofia watch during the christening of the five month-old Prince
Arch Bishop Antje Jackelen holds up Prince Alexander at Palace Chapel in Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm while Prince Carl Philip (L), Bishop Johan Dalman and Princess Sofia watch during the christening of the five month-old Prince
Crown Princess Victoria (2ndL) and Princess Sofia (2ndR) hold their sons Princes Oscar and Alexander at Palace Chapel in Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm
Crown Princess Victoria (2ndL) and Princess Sofia (2ndR) hold their sons Princes Oscar and Alexander at Palace Chapel in Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm

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