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Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland


Prince Carl Philip, 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 2015, Prince Carl Philip is third in the line of succession, after his older sister, Crown Princess Victoria, and his niece and goddaughter Princess Estelle.


Early life and education

Born Crown Prince of Sweden in the Royal Palace of Stockholm, Sweden, he had been from birth, ahead of his older sister in the line of succession for seven months, until 1 January 1980, when he was placed back in the natural birth order line by a change in the Act of Succession to absolute primogeniture and eradication of male-only primogeniture. The Duke was christened at the Royal Palace Church on 31 August 1979. His godparents are Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland (paternal great-uncle), Prince Leopold of Bavaria, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark (his father’s first cousin), and Princess Birgitta of Sweden (paternal aunt).

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. 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. 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. He graduated in the spring of 1999. Recently, he studied graphic design at the Rhode Island School of Design where he worked on a museum identity design project. In 2011, Prince Carl Philip finished his studies in Agricultural and Rural Management at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Alnarp


Personal life

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

Prince Carl Philip dated Emma Pernald from 1999. 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. In August 2010, Royal Court spokesperson, Nina Eldh, confirmed the relationship between Carl Philip and Hellqvist in a statement released by the palace. On 27 June 2014, it was announced that Carl Philip was engaged to Hellqvist. They married on 13 June 2015 in the Stockholm’s Royal Palace chapel, where thousands of people lined the street for the occasion. 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. On October 15, 2015, it was announced that the couple is expecting their first child, due in April 2016.

In 2008 the Prince was included as ninth on Forbes magazine’s list of “The 20 Hottest Young Royals”


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