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.
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.
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.