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Sweden

King Carl XVI Gustaf reveals new grandson’s name


Photo: Linda Broström, The Royal Court of Sweden

King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden revealed his grandson’s name and dukedom in a cabinet meeting this morning at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. The third son of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia has been named Julian Herbert Folke.

His full title is Prince Julian Herbert Folke of Sweden, Duke of Halland.

The middle name Folke is one of the King’s middle names and was the name of Folke Bernadotte (grandson of King Oscar II) who saved many Jews during World War 2.

He is the Duke of Halland, which is the former duchy of Prince Bertil – the beloved uncle to King Carl XVI Gustaf and adored great-uncle of Prince Carl Philip. Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia now live in Prince Bertil’s former home, Villa Solbacken, with their family. Their first child, Prince Alexander, has Bertil as a middle name, and their second son, Prince Gabriel, has Carl as a middle name – which was one of Bertil’s middle names (as well as the first name of Gabriel’s grandfather and father).

Unlike his older brothers, Princes Alexander and Gabriel, he was not born with the style of Royal Highness. In October 2019, the King revoked the style of Royal Highness from the children of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia and Princess Madeleine and Chris O’Neill. They also lost their positions in the Royal House; however, they remain members of the Royal Family and in the line of succession.

Julian is seventh in line to succeed his grandfather to the Swedish throne. He is King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia’s eighth grandchild and fifth grandson.

Prince Julian was born on 26 March at 11.19 am at Danderyd Hospital weighing 3220 grams; he is 49 centimetres long.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.