Proud parents Carlos and Alexia are joined by daughters Arrieta and Ana Marķa and, of course, little Carlos Jr
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The tot's uncle, Prince Pavlos, arrives with his wife Marie Chantal and their four children
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29 NOVEMBER 2005

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The Mediterranean island of Lanzarote is well-accustomed to receiving fun-seeking holiday-makers, but last weekend it played host to some rather more refined guests. Queen Sofia of Spain and her daughter, the Infanta Cristina, were among the VIPs who jetted in when Princess Alexia of Greece celebrated the christening of her youngest son.

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She and her architect husband Carlos Morales, who is from the Canary Islands, baptized their four-month-old baby in the picturesque town of Yaiza on Saturday afternoon. Carlos Jr's older siblings, Arrieta and Ana Marķa, were also on hand, along with his grandfather Constantine.

Altogether around 100 friends and loved ones crammed into the church to watch the baby, who was wrapped in an antique christening gown flown in especially from Greece, receive the blessing. After the 45-minute ceremony the entire party headed to an upmarket restaurant in nearby Puerto Calero for a celebratory lunch.

Although Greece has long since opted to become a republic, its former royals still have close links with many of Europe's monarchies. Queen Sofia is Alexia's aunt, while the Duke of Edinburgh also has his roots in the family.