Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and his wife Princess Sofia are expecting their first child. The Swedish royal court made the announcement on Facebook, confirming that Sofia will give birth in the spring of next year.
"We are so happy and excited to announce that we are expecting our first child. We are very much looking forward to it," said the parents-to-be in a statement. The Royal Palace of Sweden revealed in a statement that the birth is expected to take place in April 2016. The palace also confirmed that there are no changes in the schedule of "The Prince Couple’s" public engagements during the fall of 2015.
In a new black and white photo of Carl Philip, 36, and his wife Sofia, was posted on Facebook, the couple were brimming with happiness. The post has received 98,116 likes. Their first child will be the fifth in line for the Swedish royal throne.
The pair have been together for over five years and tied the knot in a high profile wedding in Stockholm in June. Carl Philip and Sofia married in the royal palace’s chapel. Sofia opted for an ivory lace wedding dress designed by local designer Ida Sjöstedt.
Sofia, 30, has embraced her new role as a princess and has accompanied her husband on various engagements around Sweden. The pair displayed their maternal and paternal sides as they picked up the children and played with them during their visit to a refugee camp in Dalarna province, which is Sofia’s hometown on Oct. 5.
She attended the christening of Prince Nicolas held at Drottningholm Palace Chapel in Stockholm Sunday. Formerly known as Sofia Hellqvist, the royal looked beautiful in a fuchsia dress and showed no signs of a tiny baby bump yet. She sat next to Prince Daniel, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Estelle as they watched the little prince baptised into the Church of Sweden.
Sofia is not the only Swedish royal who is set to welcome a baby next year. Victoria, who is Carl Philip’s older sister, is also pregnant with her second child with her husband and due to give the in March.
Before joining the royal family, the former model founded children’s charity in her maiden name the Sofia Hellqvist Project Playground. The charity, which she established with a friend, aims to support underprivileged children in South Africa by providing meals, counsel and recreational activities.