It was announced by the Swedish Royal Court that Their Royal Highnesses Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia are expecting their second child. The birth is expected in September.
Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia released the following statement, “We are happy to announce that we are expecting a child, a sibling to Prince Alexander. We are looking forward to welcoming a new little member to our family.”
The Court added that no changes are expected in the Prince or Princess’s schedule for the spring and summer of 2017.
The new child will be sixth in line to the Swedish throne and the sixth grandchild for Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. He or she will join their older brother and cousins, Princess Estelle, Prince Oscar, Princess Leonore, and Prince Nicolas.
The Royal Court’s Director of Information and Press Department, Margareta Thorgren, told Svenskdam, “The King and Queen are really happy about the joyous news. The whole family has known about it for a while.”
The couple also released a new photo with the happy announcement with their son, Prince Alexander, who will turn one next month.
Their first child, Alexander, was born on 19 April 2016 in Danderyd Hospital in Danderyd, Sweden. His birth was celebrated with a 21-gun salute, and a Te Deum thanksgiving service was held in his honour on 22 April 2016 at the Royal Chapel.
His name and title were revealed by the King on 21 April 2016 at a cabinet meeting as Prince Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil, Duke of Södermanland. The Prince was christened on 9 September 2016 in the Royal Chapel of Drottningholm Palace. His godparents were his paternal aunt, Crown Princess Victoria; maternal aunt, Lina Frejd; paternal cousin, Victor Magnuson; his father’s friend, Jan-Åke Hansson; and his mother’s friend, Cajsa Larsson.
Prince Alexander has been a Knight of the Royal Order of the Seraphim and Knight of the Order of Charles XIII since birth.
Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia married on 13 June 2015 at the Royal Chapel of Stockholm Palace. Their engagement had been announced the previous year on 27 June.