HRH Prince Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil, Duke of Södermanland

On Thursday 21 April, a Council of State was held at the Royal Palace of Stockholm in connection with Princess Sofia having given birth to a son.

At the Council of State, The King announced that The Prince will be called Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil, and will be known as Alexander. The Prince will be assigned the Duchy of Södermanland.

A statement of witness was drawn up at Drottningholm Palace earlier in the day, as is traditional on the occasion of a royal birth. Speaker Urban Ahlin, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, Marshal of the Realm Svante Lindqvist, First Lady of the Court Anna Hamilton, consultant physician Sophia Brismar Wendel and midwife Anna Ståhl were the witnesses.

At a press conference following the Council of State, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, First Lady of the Court Anna Hamilton, Marshal of the Realm Svante Lindqvist and Speaker Urban Ahlin spoke about the statement of witness drawn up at Drottningholm Palace during the morning. Photo: royalcourt.se

About the duchy

Södermanland County is 6,103 km² in size. This is a varied county, featuring lakes, forests, farms, small and medium-sized towns and an archipelago.

The province flower is the white water lily, and the province animal is the osprey.

There have been a number of previous Dukes of Södermanland, including King Oscar I (1799-1859) and Prince Wilhelm (1884-1965). Prince Wilhelm lived on the Stenhammar Estate near Flen.

Midsummer celebrations at Stenhammar, 1941. Prince Wilhelm holds his granddaughters Birgitta (left) and Marie-Louise Bernadotte by the hand. Photo from the Bernadotte Library's image archive.

Council of State

On the occasion of a royal birth, a Council of State is held. The King convenes the Council of State in accordance with Chapter 5, Article 3 of the Instrument of Government, which states that the Government shall hold a Council of State chaired by the Head of State.

At the Council of State, The King informs the Government of the title, name, given name and assigned duchy of the heir to the throne.