One day before the christening of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia’s two-month-old son Prince Gabriel, the Swedish Royal Court released the names of the infant’s five godparents. Naturally, the royal couple turned to their relatives and close friends for the special role. Prince Gabriel’s paternal aunt Princess Madeleine and maternal aunt Sara Hellqvist will serve as two of the royal's godmothers. Princess Sofia’s close friend Carolina Pihls and Carl Philip’s Bernadotte & Kylberg design firm partner Oscar Kylberg, as well as his cousin Thomas de Toledo Sommerlath were named as the additional three godparents.
Prince Alexander’s baby brother, who was born in late August, is set to be baptized on Friday, December 1, at Drottningholm Castle Church. The 12 p.m. service will be officiated by Archbishop Emeritus Anders Wejryd.
VIEW GALLERY Carl and Sofia turned to relatives and friends for their son's godparents Photo: Erika Gerdemark, The Royal Court, Sweden
Gabriel will wear the same christening gown worn by his father and other generations of Swedish royal babies — including King Carl XVI Gustaf, Crown Princess Victoria, Princess Madeleine, Princess Estelle, Princess Leonore, Prince Nicolas, Prince Alexander and Prince Oscar. The Prince will be baptized using water from a spring on the Swedish island of Öland, a tradition that was started by the present King and Queen.
The Swedish royals are expected to be out in full force for the joyous occasion. Carl Philip, 38, and Sofia, 32, will most likely bring their one-year-old son, Prince Alexander, to the church ceremony. King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia will attend, as will their daughter and future Queen, Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel. Their children Princess Estelle, five, and one-year-old Prince Oscar may also make an appearance. Godmother Princess Madeleine and her husband Chris O'Neill, who are based in London, are sure to attend and will probably also bring their young children, Princess Leonore, three, and Prince Nicolas, two.
VIEW GALLERY The royal family is expected to attend Prince Gabriel's christening on December 1 Photo: Anna-Lena Ahlström, Kungahuset.se
After the service, a reception will be held for invited guests at Drottningholm Castle followed by a lunch. A 21-gun salute will be fired from Skeppsholmen and from the HMS Kullen outside of the palace. Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia have asked those who wish to give their son a christening gift to consider making a donation to their joint royal foundation and Sofia's Project Playground.