On Sunday 28 March, a Council of State was held at the Royal Palace of Stockholm in connection with HRH Princess Sofia having given birth to a son. During the Council of State, HM The King informed the Government that the Prince will be called Julian Herbert Folke, and will be Duke of Halland.
A number of ceremonies were held in connection with Princess Sofia having given birth.
A digital statement of witness took place in the morning. During the ceremony, the Speaker of Parliament, the Prime Minister, the Marshal of the Realm and the Mistress of the Robes met the new member of the Royal Family via video link.
The King then held a Council of State, during which the Government was informed of The Prince's name and duchy.
During the Council of State, HM The King informed the Government that the child, who is seventh in line to the throne, will be called Julian Herbert Folke, and will be known as Julian.
Prince Julian has been granted the Duchy of Halland.
In accordance with The King's decision of 7 October 2019 on changes to the Royal House, Prince Julian is a member of the Royal Family. However, The Prince will not be a member of the Royal House, and will thus not receive the rank of Royal Highness.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, only the Prime Minister and a small number of ministers attended.
In the afternoon, a thanksgiving service – Te Deum – was held in the Royal Chapel to mark the birth. The King, The Queen, Prince Carl Philip, Prince Alexander, Erik and Marie Hellqvist and Lina Hellqvist attended the service.
The service began with 'Deo dicamus gratias' by G A Homilius and psalm 380 'Father, thou that givest life'.
The Right Reverend Johan Dalman and Pastor of the Royal Court Parish Michael Bjerkhagen led the service. Court Organist Mary Ljungquist Hén played the organ.
During the service, Reverend Dalman and Pastor Bjerkhagen read from psalms eight and nineteen: "I thank thee, Lord, with all my heart, and bear witness to all thy mighty wonders. I will shout with joy and sing thy praises, oh Lord on high."
The psalms sung during the service also included psalm 1 "God, our God, we promise thee" and psalm 197 "The gentle spring is here", which begins: "The gentle spring is here, and the earth's hope is renewed. Each sense is delighted anew, and each bud bursts forth. How bright the sun shines, how majestically mild! Spring depicts immortality for mortals!"
The Te Deum concluded with 'Rigaudon' by André Campra.