Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland

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Prince Carl Philip
Prince of Sweden
Duke of Värmland
Prince Carl Philip in January 2014.jpg
Carl Philip in January 2014
Born (1979-05-13) 13 May 1979 (age 43)
Royal Palace, Stockholm, Sweden
Spouse Sofia Hellqvist (m. 2015)
Issue Prince Alexander, Duke of Södermanland
Full name
Carl Philip Edmund Bertil
House Bernadotte
Father King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden
Mother Queen Silvia of Sweden
Religion Church of Sweden
Swedish Royal Family
Greater coat of arms of Sweden (without ermine mantling).svg

HM The King
HM The Queen

HRH Princess Birgitta

Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, Duke of Värmland (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈkʰɑːɭ ˈfiːliːp]; Carl Philip Edmund Bertil; born 13 May 1979), is a Swedish prince and the only son and the second of three children of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden. As of 2016, Prince Carl Philip is fourth in the line of succession, after his older sister, Crown Princess Victoria, his niece and goddaughter Princess Estelle, and his nephew Prince Oscar. He lives with his wife, Princess Sofia and their son, Prince Alexander, in Drottningholm Palace.

Early life and education

Born Crown Prince of Sweden in the Royal Palace of Stockholm, Sweden,[1] Prince Carl Philip was heir apparent to the throne of Sweden for seven months, until 1 January 1980. On that date, the law came into effect which made natural birth order the basis for succession to the throne, replacing the principle of agnatic primogeniture. Prince Carl Philip was thereby deprived of his position as first in line to the throne, which was bestowed upon his elder sister Victoria, with Carl Philip becoming second in line instead.

Prince Carl Philip was christened at the Royal Chapel on 31 August 1979. His godparents are Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland (paternal great-uncle), Princess Birgitta of Sweden (paternal aunt), Prince Leopold of Bavaria and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark (his father's first cousin).[1] His mother is of half German and half Brazilian descent.

During 1984–1986, Prince Carl Philip attended the Västerled parish preschool. In the autumn of 1986, he started school at Smedslättsskolan in Bromma which he attended at junior level.[1] For the intermediate level, the Prince attended Ålstensskolan in Bromma, proceeding from there, in the autumn of 1992, to senior level at Enskilda Gymnasiet in Stockholm.[1] In the autumn of 1994 Prince Carl Philip enrolled at Kent School. The Prince then continued his studies in a science programme at Lundsbergs upper secondary school.[1] He graduated in the spring of 1999. In 2007-2008, he studied graphic design at the Rhode Island School of Design for one year.[2][3] In 2011, Prince Carl Philip finished his studies in Agricultural and Rural Management at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Alnarp.[4]

Activities and duties

Carl Philip driving a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
Photo: Erik Andersson

A member of the House of Bernadotte, Prince Carl Philip undertakes royal duties on behalf of his father, King Carl XVI Gustaf. He has acted as royal representative in the absence of his father and his older sister, Crown Princess Victoria.

Prince Carl Philip has been a scout and is fond of outdoor life. He is keen on sport and athletics, especially football, swimming, sailing and skiing. In 2003, he completed the historic Swedish "Vasaloppet", the longest cross country ski race in the world. Carl Philip also enjoys car racing, a passion he inherited from his great-uncle and godfather, Prince Bertil, and has a licence to compete. Prince Carl Philip has taken part in the racing series Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia in a Porsche 911 GT3. Since 2013 he has raced in the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship.

The Prince completed his military service at the Amphibious Battalion at Vaxholm's Coast Artillery Regiment as a combat boat commander (Combat Boat 90) in the autumn of 2000. In December 2002, the Prince was promoted to fänrik (midshipman), and in 2004 to the rank of löjtnant (sub-lieutenant) in the Swedish Navy. In 2007 and 2008 he went to the Swedish National Defense College. The course was divided in three weeks autumn 2007 and three weeks spring 2008. After that course he was appointed kapten in the Swedish Navy (lieutenant). On 1 October 2014, Prince Carl Philip achieved the rank of major.

With a great interest for design and drawing, the Prince began studying graphic design in Stockholm in 2003, studies which he continues still. In December 2003, for Queen Silvia's 60th birthday, he designed the cover for a CD of the music of Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker, which was released to honour Her Majesty's landmark birthday (the proceeds from it goes to the World Childhood Foundation, an organisation founded by Queen Silvia). In 2004, the Prince created a calendar, together with an advertising agency, that was sold to benefit the same organisation.

Personal life

Royal monogram
Prince Carl Philip and his wife after their wedding ceremony on 13 June 2015

Prince Carl Philip dated Emma Pernald from 1999.[5] Pernald worked at a PR firm for several years. However, the prince and Pernald broke off their relationship in March 2009. She revealed in the Swedish newspaper Expressen that she and the prince mutually decided to go their separate ways. Pernald made no further comment as to the reason for the break-up.

In April 2010, Carl Philip was linked in the press with former semi-nude glamour model Sofia Hellqvist.[6][7] In August 2010, Royal Court spokesperson, Nina Eldh, confirmed the relationship between Carl Philip and Hellqvist in a statement released by the palace.[8] On 27 June 2014, it was announced that Carl Philip was engaged to Sofia Hellqvist. They married on 13 June 2015 in the Stockholm's Royal Palace chapel, where thousands of people lined the street for the occasion.[6][9][10] In an interview he criticized the press for suggesting that Sofia Hellqvist was not welcome in the royal family. He told the press that the opposite was true and that his family easily accepted her into the family. He compared the "bullying" of her past to that of himself being bullied for having dyslexia.[11] On 15 October 2015 it was announced that the couple is expecting their first child, due in April 2016.[12][13]

On 19 April 2016 at 18:28 CET, Princess Sofia gave birth to a healthy son, Prince Alexander, Duke of Södermanland.[14][15]

Titles, styles, and honours

Carl Philip's coat of arms

Titles and styles

  • 13 May 1979 – 31 December 1979: His Royal Highness The Crown Prince of Sweden, Duke of Värmland.
  • 1 January 1980 – present: His Royal Highness Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, Duke of Värmland.


See also List of honours of the Swedish Royal Family by country

National honours

Foreign honours


See also


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  3. "The Prince Won Prestigious Design Competition in the U.S." Royal Court of Sweden. 1 January 2008. Retrieved 18 December 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Prince Carl Philip on his university diploma in Agricultural and Rural Management". Royal Court of Sweden. December 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Streib, Lauren (27 May 2008). "The 20 Hottest Young Royals – 9. Prince Carl Philip". Forbes. Retrieved 19 June 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Reality starlet to wed prince in Swedish fairytale". Yahoo News. 11 June 2015. Retrieved 11 June 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Sweden royal wedding: Prince Carl Philip to marry ex-reality star". BBC News. Retrieved 13 June 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Squires, Nick (8 April 2010). "Swedish prince has relationship with glamour model". The Daily Telegraph. UK. Retrieved 19 June 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Vigsel mellan Prins Carl Philip och fröken Sofia Hellqvist". Retrieved 23 October 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Swedish prince angry over press 'bullying'". Retrieved 20 October 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. He has a daughter, her name is Matilda Victoria Maria (04/19/2016).
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  15. "Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia have had a son". Retrieved 19 April 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. Régine. "La reine Silvia et le princesse Madeleine de Suède au mariage de la princesse Victoria". Retrieved 11 June 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. Carl wearing the collar Gettyimages
  18. Riddare/Ledamot/av andliga ståndet och Kommendör av Kungl. Maj:ts Orden R/LoKavKMO
  19. "La Familia Real sueca al completo vuelve a vestir sus mejores galas". Retrieved 11 June 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  21. wears the fifth medal
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 23.4 23.5 WikiCommons, Wearing all the national medals as miniatures
  24. wears the second medal
  25. wears the third medal
  27. wears the sixth medal
  31. "70th anniversary of king Carl Gustav of Sweden in Stockholm Sweden on... Fotografía de noticias 115116367 | Getty Images". 2 May 2016. Retrieved 9 May 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  32. State visit of Lula da Silva in 2007, ANP Photo of Victoria, Carl Philip & Madeleine
  33. DECRETO DE 5 DE SETEMBRO DE 2007 - website JusBrasil
  34. Estonian State Decorations, Carl Philip - website of the President of Estonia (Estonian)
  35. Swedish Royal Website (Swedish), Gala dinner with photos 1-6-7
  36. Blog "Scandinavian Royals", Photo of Daniel and Carl-Philipp wearing the order
  37. Gallery on, State visit of President Johannes Rau in Sweden in 2003 : Carl Philip's photo
  38. "State Visit from Germany to Sweden; May 20-22, 2003". The Royal Forums. Retrieved 17 May 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  39. [1]
  40. Gala dinner during the state visit of Greek President Karolos Papoulias (21 May 2008)
  41. State visit of Jordan in Sweden (2003), Photo of Prince Carl Philip with Princess Madeleine, both wearing the order
  42. State visit of Jordan in Sweden (2003), Photo of Princess Liliane with Carl Philip, Madeleine & Victoria
  43. State visit of Latvia in Sweden (2005), Gala dinner, Carl Philip's photo
  45. Swedish Royal website (Swedish), State visit of Grand-Dukes of Luxembourg in Sweden, gala dinner 15/04/2008
  46. Luxembourgish Grand-Ducal website (French), State visit of Grand-Dukes of Luxembourg in Sweden, gala dinner 15/04/2008
  47. AMP Picture, State visit of Grand-Dukes of Luxembourg in Sweden, gala dinner on 15/04/2008
  52. Recipients of Order of Faithful Service (excel file)

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