Wednesday 17 October 2018

Sweden's Prince Alexander adorably greets the crowds at baby brother's christening

Prince Gabriel of Sweden, Duke of Dalarna held by Princess Sofia of Sweden and Prince Carl Philip holding Prince Alexander, Duke of Sodermanland is the second child of and attends the christening of Prince Gabriel of Sweden at Drottningholm Palace Chapel on December 1, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
Prince Gabriel of Sweden, Duke of Dalarna held by Princess Sofia of Sweden and Prince Carl Philip holding Prince Alexander, Duke of Sodermanland is the second child of and attends the christening of Prince Gabriel of Sweden at Drottningholm Palace Chapel on December 1, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
(L-R) Prince Gabriel of Sweden, Duke of Dalarna held by Princess Sofia of Sweden and Prince Carl Philip holding Prince Alexander, Duke of Sodermanland leave the chapel after the christening of Prince Gabriel of Sweden at Drottningholm Palace Chapel on December 1, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
(L-R) Princess Estelle, Duchess of Ostergotland, Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden and Prince Oscar, Duke of Skane leave the chapel after the christening of Prince Gabriel of Sweden at Drottningholm Palace Chapel on December 1, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
(L-R) Queen Silvia of Sweden, Prince Gabriel of Sweden, Duke of Dalarna held by Princess Sofia of Sweden and Prince Carl Philip holding Prince Alexander, Duke of Sodermanland attend the christening of Prince Gabriel of Sweden at Drottningholm Palace Chapel on December 1, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
Prince Gabriel of Sweden, Duke of Dalarna held by Princess Sofia of Sweden and Prince Carl Philip holding Prince Alexander, Duke of Sodermanland leave the chapel after the christening of Prince Gabriel of Sweden at Drottningholm Palace Chapel on December 1, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
(L-R) Prince Daniel, Duke of Vastergotland, Princess Estelle, Duchess of Ostergotland, Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden and Prince Oscar, Duke of Skane leave the chapel after the christening of Prince Gabriel of Sweden at Drottningholm Palace Chapel on December 1, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
(L-R) Prince Daniel, Duke of Vastergotland, Princess Estelle, Duchess of Ostergotland, Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden and Prince Oscar, Duke of Skane leave the chapel after the christening of Prince Gabriel of Sweden at Drottningholm Palace Chapel on December 1, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
Prince Gabriel of Sweden, Duke of Dalarna held by Princess Sofia of Sweden and Prince Carl Philip holding Prince Alexander, Duke of Sodermanland leave the chapel after the christening of Prince Gabriel of Sweden at Drottningholm Palace Chapel on December 1, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
(L-R) Queen Silvia of Sweden, Prince Gabriel of Sweden, Duke of Dalarna held by Princess Sofia of Sweden and Prince Carl Philip holding Prince Alexander, Duke of Sodermanland and King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden attend the christening of Prince Gabriel of Sweden at Drottningholm Palace Chapel on December 1, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
(L-R) Prince Gabriel of Sweden, Duke of Dalarna held by Princess Sofia of Sweden and Prince Carl Philip holding Prince Alexander, Duke of Sodermanland and Princess Madeline of Sweden after the christening of Prince Gabriel of Sweden at Drottningholm Palace Chapel on December 1, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
Prince Gabriel of Sweden, Duke of Dalarna held by Princess Sofia of Sweden after the christening of Prince Gabriel of Sweden at Drottningholm Palace Chapel on December 1, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
Prince Gabriel of Sweden, Duke of Dalarna held by Princess Sofia of Sweden after the christening of Prince Gabriel of Sweden at Drottningholm Palace Chapel on December 1, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
Prince Carl Philip holding Prince Alexander, Duke of Sodermanland leaves the chapel after the christening of Prince Gabriel of Sweden at Drottningholm Palace Chapel on December 1, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
Queen Silvia of Sweden leaves the chapel after the christening of Prince Gabriel of Sweden at Drottningholm Palace Chapel on December 1, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
Prince Carl Philip holding Prince Alexander, Duke of Sodermanland attends the christening of Prince Gabriel of Sweden at Drottningholm Palace Chapel on December 1, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
Prince Carl Philip holding Prince Alexander, Duke of Sodermanland attends the christening of Prince Gabriel of Sweden at Drottningholm Palace Chapel on December 1, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
Prince Gabriel of Sweden, Duke of Dalarna held by Princess Sofia of Sweden after the christening of Prince Gabriel of Sweden at Drottningholm Palace Chapel on December 1, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
Prince Gabriel of Sweden, Duke of Dalarna held by Princess Sofia of Sweden after the christening of Prince Gabriel of Sweden at Drottningholm Palace Chapel on December 1, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
(L-R) King Carl Gustaf of Sweden, Queen Silvia, Erik Hellqvist, Marie Hellqvist, Crown princess Victoria with Prince Oscar, Prince Daniel and Mr Christopher O'Neill attend baby Prince Gabriel's christening in Drottningholm Palace Chapel outside Stockholm, 1 December, 2017
(L-R) Carolina Pihl, Sara Hellqvist, Thomas de Toledo Sommerlath, Princess Sofia with prince Gabriel, Prince Carl Philip with Prince Alexander, Princess Madeleine and Oscar Kylberg pose after baby Prince Gabriel's christening at Drottningholm Palace Chapel outside Stockholm, 1 December, 2017
(L-R) Princess Madeleine of Sweden, bishop Johan Dalman, princess Estelle and archbishop Anders Wejryd, attend baby Prince Gabriel's christening in Drottningholm Palace Chapel outside Stockholm, 1 December, 2017
(L-R) Prince Carl Philip, princess Sofia and King Carl Gustaf of Sweden attend to baby with prince Gabriel during his christening in Drottningholm Palace Chapel outside Stockholm, 1 December, 2017
Archbishop Anders Wejryd holds prince Gabriel (C) during the baby Prince's christening in Drottningholm Palace Chapel outside Stockholm, 1 December, 2017
(L-R) Sara Hellqvist (sister of Princess Sofia), princess Madeleine, princess Sofia holding baby prince Gabriel and prince Carl Philip with prince Alexander sit during prince Gabriel's christening in Drottningholm Palace Chapel outside Stockholm, on December 1, 2017
(L-R) Carolina Pihl, Sara Hellqvist, Thomas de Toledo Sommerlath, Prince Gabriel of Sweden, Duke of Dalarna held by Princess Sofia of Sweden and Prince Carl Philip holding Prince Alexander, Duke of Sodermanland, Princess Madeleine and Oscar Kylberg attends the christening of Prince Gabriel of Sweden at Drottningholm Palace Chapel on December 1, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
(L-R) Carolina Pihl, Sara Hellqvist, Thomas de Toledo Sommerlath, Prince Gabriel of Sweden, Duke of Dalarna held by Princess Sofia of Sweden and Prince Carl Philip holding Prince Alexander, Duke of Sodermanland, Princess Madeleine and Oscar Kylberg attends the christening of Prince Gabriel of Sweden at Drottningholm Palace Chapel on December 1, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
(3L-R) Queen Silvia of Sweden, Prince Gabriel of Sweden, Duke of Dalarna held by Princess Sofia of Sweden and Prince Carl Philip holding Prince Alexander, Duke of Sodermanland and King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden attend the christening of Prince Gabriel of Sweden at Drottningholm Palace Chapel on December 1, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
Prince Gabriel of Sweden, Duke of Dalarna held by Princess Sofia of Sweden leaves the chapel after the christening of Prince Gabriel of Sweden at Drottningholm Palace Chapel on December 1, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
Prince Gabriel of Sweden, Duke of Dalarna held by Princess Sofia of Sweden leaves the chapel after the christening of Prince Gabriel of Sweden at Drottningholm Palace Chapel on December 1, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
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We've reached royal baby fever.

Sweden's Prince Gabriel was christened on Friday, but all eyes were on his big brother Prince Alexander (one), who greeted crowds, playfully waving as his father Carl Philip carried him.

Prince Carl Philip holding Prince Alexander, Duke of Sodermanland leaves the chapel after the christening of Prince Gabriel of Sweden at Drottningholm Palace Chapel on December 1, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
Prince Carl Philip holding Prince Alexander, Duke of Sodermanland leaves the chapel after the christening of Prince Gabriel of Sweden at Drottningholm Palace Chapel on December 1, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

The Swedish royal family were out to mark the occasion at Drottningholm Palace Chapel outside Stockholm, including Princess Madeleine, who is expecting her third child. 

Unlike with her first child, this time around, Princess Sofia was dressed in traditional attire adopted a more traditional look as carried her three-month-old son, wearing a folk costume known as Svenska folkdräkter. It's believed she was paying homage to Dalarna, which features in her baby's title - Prince Gabriel, Duke of Dalarna.

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

Carl Philip is fourth in line to the throne and wed Sofia, a former reality star and model, in 2015 after six years together. When asked about the difficulties of caring for two children under two, she told Swedish magazine Kupé: "We try to create as much family time as possible in the evenings, with bathing and getting into a nighttime routine. Gabriel has started sleeping and eating more regularly.

Prince Gabriel of Sweden, Duke of Dalarna held by Princess Sofia of Sweden leaves the chapel after the christening of Prince Gabriel of Sweden at Drottningholm Palace Chapel on December 1, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
Prince Gabriel of Sweden, Duke of Dalarna held by Princess Sofia of Sweden leaves the chapel after the christening of Prince Gabriel of Sweden at Drottningholm Palace Chapel on December 1, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

"We do get glimpses that it’s going to be tougher with two than with one. But there is also twice as much love."

When asked if the toughest part was over, she said:  "Ask me again in a few months."

Prince Gabriel of Sweden, Duke of Dalarna held by Princess Sofia of Sweden and Prince Carl Philip holding Prince Alexander, Duke of Sodermanland leave the chapel after the christening of Prince Gabriel of Sweden at Drottningholm Palace Chapel on December 1, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
Prince Gabriel of Sweden, Duke of Dalarna held by Princess Sofia of Sweden and Prince Carl Philip holding Prince Alexander, Duke of Sodermanland leave the chapel after the christening of Prince Gabriel of Sweden at Drottningholm Palace Chapel on December 1, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

Her husband echoed her sweet sentiments, saying: "Gabriel and Alexander are still so small, but it’s so exciting to follow their development. It’s great to be part of their journey."

Among the other royal children spotted was Princess Victoria's little ones Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar.

(L-R) Prince Daniel, Duke of Vastergotland, Princess Estelle, Duchess of Ostergotland, Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden and Prince Oscar, Duke of Skane leave the chapel after the christening of Prince Gabriel of Sweden at Drottningholm Palace Chapel on December 1, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
(L-R) Prince Daniel, Duke of Vastergotland, Princess Estelle, Duchess of Ostergotland, Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden and Prince Oscar, Duke of Skane leave the chapel after the christening of Prince Gabriel of Sweden at Drottningholm Palace Chapel on December 1, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
(L-R) Sara Hellqvist (sister of Princess Sofia), princess Madeleine, princess Sofia holding baby prince Gabriel and prince Carl Philip with prince Alexander sit during prince Gabriel's christening in Drottningholm Palace Chapel outside Stockholm, on December 1, 2017
(L-R) Sara Hellqvist (sister of Princess Sofia), princess Madeleine, princess Sofia holding baby prince Gabriel and prince Carl Philip with prince Alexander sit during prince Gabriel's christening in Drottningholm Palace Chapel outside Stockholm, on December 1, 2017
(L-R) Princess Madeleine of Sweden, bishop Johan Dalman, princess Estelle and archbishop Anders Wejryd, attend baby Prince Gabriel's christening in Drottningholm Palace Chapel outside Stockholm, 1 December, 2017
(L-R) Princess Madeleine of Sweden, bishop Johan Dalman, princess Estelle and archbishop Anders Wejryd, attend baby Prince Gabriel's christening in Drottningholm Palace Chapel outside Stockholm, 1 December, 2017

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