Sweden’s Prince Alexander stars in adorable Christmas photo with dad Prince Carl Philip

By Meaghan Wray

Prince Alexander makes the cutest little Santa Claus! In a new photo shared to the Swedish royal family’s Instagram account, the two-year-old is the shining star, dressed head-to-toe in festive gear to help ring in the holiday season.

Joined by his dad, Prince Carl Philip, the little boy is clad in red pants, a Christmas sweater with reindeer, a Santa hat and a pair of brown boots. Showing off his megawatt smile and big brown eyes, Alexander seems to be looking off at something happy in the distance as his father holds up a small Christmas tree – the perfect size for the cheery little royal!

It’s clear the boy is overjoyed by the excitement of the festive season! Earlier this month, the blonde toddler and his mom, Princess Sofia, visited a Christmas market together to kick off the holidays. In a snap shared to Instagram, the princess, dressed in an elegant grey coat, held her son as he checked out some pretty gifts for sale.

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Prince Alexander has had such a wonderful year. Even at the tender age of two, the young boy has already celebrated a big milestone – his first royal engagement! Back in April, Sofia and Carl Philip’s eldest son melted hearts with a visit to the Nynas Nature Reserve to open the Prince Alexander Viewpoint. He looked happy as ever to be there, and even took part in a ribbon tugging ceremony for the inauguration!

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As all families do, the Swedish royals have a few traditions they like to stick to for the holiday season. Given that Queen Silvia’s birthday falls on Dec. 23, the season is extra special. One of her favourite treats is Weihnachtsstollen, atraditional loaf-shaped fruitcake from Germany that’s soaked in brandy and sprinkled with powdered sugar. A day later, the family exchanges gifts and on Dec. 25, King Carl Gustaf gives a Christmas speech to Swedes across the country.

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