Newlyweds Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and his wife Sofia Hellqvist, now known as Princess Sofia, have found a new home. The couple have moved to their marital home in Rosendal Palace.
Carl Philip and Sofia were supposed to move into Villa Solbacken after they got married. The palace was bequeathed to the young prince by the late Prince Bertil. It was when Carl Philip’s uncle died in 1997, he gave the historic villa to the young prince.
Bertil had thought that his wife Princess Lilian could live there until her death. But, Lilian passed away in March 2013 and the house remained unoccupied.
It was in February, just four months before they got married, Carl Philip and Sofia began renovation work on what they thought would be their first marital home. But, due to construction work at the villa, the royal couple opted to move into Rosendal Palace. The villa is ridden with asbestos in many places, according to Swedish publication Aftonbladet. Extensive work is now being carried out in the huge property.
The prince and his 30-year-old wife have shifted to their new home, Rosendal Palace, which is located on their favorite island of Djurgården in central Stockholm. The palace is open to the public during the summer months, when they can take a guided tour of the stupendous structure built in the European Empire style of architecture.
The palace was built between 1823 and 1827 for the Bernadotte King of Sweden, King Karl XVI Johan. The palace was originally intended as a summer retreat -- a place where the royal family could escape from the formalities of court life. But, in spite of being the Swedish royal family’s summer palace, Carl Philip and Sofia were forced to move into the house.
Carl Philip and Sofia started dating in early 2010. Sofia then moved in to the prince’s palatial apartment. The prince tied the knot with his long time fiancée on June 13. One of the most high-profile royal weddings of summer, the ceremony was held at the royal chapel in Stockholm. Sofia said “I do” wearing a gown by local designer Ida Sjöstedt. The lace gown featured a V neckline and elegant long sleeves.