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Sweden’s Princess Sofia on official maternity leave

Since last June, the Swedish Royal Family has experienced a significant baby boom. One should not be surprised with all the wonderful baby news coming from the Northern European country after another royal wedding last year. Soon, the family will welcome yet another little one after Prince Carl Philip’s wife, Princess Sofia gives birth to their first child later this month. The baby will be fifth in line to the Swedish throne.

The royal couple married last June in a high-profile wedding ceremony in the chapel of the royal palace in Stockholm after being together for over five years. At the time of their wedding, Prince Carl’s sister, Princess Madeleine was due to give birth to her son with Chris O’Neill, Prince Nicolas at any time. In October, Prince Carl and Princess Sofia announced they were expecting their first child. They announced the news on Facebook: ‘We are so happy and excited to announce that we are expecting our first child. We are very much looking forward to it.’ The royals opted to wait to see the sex of their child at the time of birth. And just last month, Crown Princess Victoria gave birth to Prince Oscar who will be baptised next month at the chapel in the royal palace. With the birth of the new prince or princess, the Swedish royals will see more baby events in the future.

This past Sunday, Princess Sofia carried out her last official royal engagement before going on maternity leave when she visited Sophiahemmet hospital in Stockholm. Named after King Oscar II’s wife, Queen Sofia, this private medical facility is one of the oldest in Sweden. This is the royal’s first visit after being appointed honorary president back in January, a position she took over from King Carl XVI Gustaf’s sister, Princess Christina. Princess Sofia covered up in a surgical medical gown and toured the hospital where she chatted with staff.