Wednesday 21 February 2018

Princess Sofia of Sweden follows in Kate Middleton's footsteps and shoots son Prince Erik's first portrait

Prince Carl and Princess Sofia of Sweden and (inset) is a picture of Prince Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil
Prince Carl and Princess Sofia of Sweden and (inset) is a picture of Prince Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil
Princess Sofia of Sweden and Nobel Prize in Physics, Professor Takaaki Kajita arrive at the Nobel Prize Banquet 2015 at City Hall on December 10, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Prince Carl Phillip and Princess Sofia of Sweden attend the Swedish Sports Gala at the Ericsson Globe on January 25, 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia arrive at formal gathering at the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts on February 19, 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
Picture taken on August 26, 2015 shows Sweden's Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia in Karlstad, Sweden. Sweden's Prince Carl Philip and his wife Princess Sofia, a former reality show starlet, are expecting their first child in April
Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Sofia Hellqvist arrive to board the SS Stockholm boat before the pre-wedding dinner the night before their royal wedding on June 12, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Prince Carl Philip of Sweden is seen with his new wife Princess Sofia of Sweden after their marriage ceremony at The Royal Palace on June 13, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
Prince Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil's portrait as taken by his mother Princess Sofia
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Princess Sofia of Sweden is following in the footsteps of her British counterpart Kate Middleton by photographing her son's first portrait.

The former model (31) wed Prince Carl Philip (36) in 2015 after five years together and the couple welcomed their first child together - a son named Prince Erik Hubertus Bertil last Tuesday.

And rather than hiring a professional photographer for his first official portrait, Sofia (nee Hellqvist) chosen to shoot the images herself and release them. The little Prince looks peaceful in a bassinet, wearing a white cotton onesie and is draped by a cable knit wool blanket.

He was born on April 19 at Danderyds Hospital in Stockholm at 6:25 p.m, weighing at 7lbs 9oz.

Prince Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil's portrait as taken by his mother Princess Sofia
Prince Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil's portrait as taken by his mother Princess Sofia

Prince Carl held a press conference to confirm the birth hours after and he said he "couldn't stop" crying during his son's birth.

Read more: 10 things to know about Princess Sofia and Prince Carl Philip of Sweden

"Yes, actually. Of course. Couldn't stop," he told PEOPLE magazine.

"For me and my wife, this is obviously a great day with a lot of emotion. Words cannot describe."

Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia arrive at formal gathering at the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts on February 19, 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia arrive at formal gathering at the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts on February 19, 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

At a cabinet meeting last week, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden announced his grandson's title is the Duke of Södermanland.

He released a statement with his wife Queen Silvia congratulating the young couple on their new arrival .

"We are extremely happy for Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia, and are delighted to have become grandparents again," the statement read.

"We hope the new parents enjoy a time of peace and quiet together with their son."

Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Princess Sofia of Sweden visit the old stone porphyry during the second day of their trip to Dalarna on October 6, 2015 in Alvdalen, Sweden. (Photo by Ragnar Singsaas/Getty Images)
Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Princess Sofia of Sweden visit the old stone porphyry during the second day of their trip to Dalarna on October 6, 2015 in Alvdalen, Sweden. (Photo by Ragnar Singsaas/Getty Images)

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