Sweden's royal babies delight in annual summer family portrait

The Swedish royal family had a particularly heartwarming summer photoshoot this year as the group was joined by two new members: Prince Oscar and Prince Alexander. The adorable babies, born a month and a half apart, stole the show alongside their one-year-old cousin Prince Nicolas.

The three babies were the picture of cuteness and as good as gold as they posed for the family portraits at Solliden Palace, the royals' summer residence.

Third-in-line to the throne Prince Oscar was cradled by his doting mom Crown Princess Victoria, who stood next to her husband Prince Daniel. Their daughter Princess Estelle had pride of place between her grandparents Queen Silvia and King Carl XVI Gustaf.


King Carl XVI and Queen Silvia posing with family
King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia posed with their children and grandchildren at Solliden Palace

Standing directly behind the king and queen were Princess Madeleine and Chris O'Neill, who each took charge of their children. Madeleine carried the couple's daughter Princess Leonore while businessman Chris held baby Prince Nicolas.

The newest member of the royal family, Prince Alexander, sat in his mom Princess Sofia's arms, while proud new dad Prince Carl Philip looked on.

Chris O 'Neill holding PRince Nicolas
Chris O'Neill cradled his one-year-old son Prince Nicolas

Sofia and Carl Philip became parents for the first time in April, having married last year in June. The former model recently opened up about her son, telling Svenskdam: "[Alexander] is very sweet and well-behaved. He's a little mixture of both of us... [He's] different every day."

She added that, thankfully, her little Prince sleeps "pretty well" at night.

Just like his wife, Carl Philip is in his element as a new parent – though he did admit: "The first time does take some adjustment, of course. But it is still absolutely amazing and wonderful."

Princess Victoria holding and kissing Prince Oscar
Princess Victoria with her newborn son Prince Oscar

As Alexander grows up he will be spoilt for choice for royal playdates. His cousin Prince Oscar, the younger child of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, is one month older than him while Prince Nicolas is also one year older.

The three boys also have Princess Estelle, four, and Princess Leonore, two, to play with.

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