Sleeping Prince Alexander melts Swedish hearts

The first close-up photo of the newest member of Sweden's royal family has been released by the Royal Court, five days after he was born in Stockholm.

Sleeping Prince Alexander melts Swedish hearts
The baby prince slumbers. Photo: Swedish Royal Court

The picture shows Prince Alexander sleeping soundly on some crisp white linen.

It was posted on the Royal Court's website on Saturday evening.
Swedes rushed to social media to share the photo, with stories featuring the picture swiftly becoming among the most clicked on in the country, according to social media news site Socialanyheter.
Alexander was born on Tuesday at 18:28 at Danderyd Hospital in Stockholm. He weighed in at 3.6 kilograms (8 pounds) and measured 49 centimetres (19.3 inches).

Carl Philip, 36, is the second child and only son of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden. His elder sister Princess Victoria is first in line to the throne.

He married Sofia Hellqvist, 31, a former contestant on TV reality show 'Paradise Hotel', in a ceremony in June last year.

There had been rumours ahead of Thursday's press conference that their son would be named Duke of Dalarna, the region where Sofia grew up.

Alexander already has plenty of royal cousins to play with. Prince Oscar, the second child of Princess Victoria, was born just seven weeks ago. He is the younger brother of four-year-old Princess Estelle. 

London-based Princess Madeleine also has two children, Princess Leonore and Prince Nicolas.