The Swedish royal couple charm on a two-day tour visiting locals

By Caris Davis
October 06, 2015 02:00 PM
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Nothing says cozy warmth like baking bread – and Sweden’s Princess Sofia operates on a strictly knead-to-dough basis.

Scandinavia’s newest princess returned on Monday to Dalarna County, where she grew up as Sofia Hellqvist, in northwest Sweden.

The two-day royal trip kicked off with Sofia and her husband of three months, Prince Carl Philip, meeting children at a center in the nearby town of Borlänge.

“This is the husband,” the princess joked, pretending to introduce Carl Philip to a happy crowd of local well-wishers.

Asked if she expected such a warm welcome, Princess Sofia told Swedish reporters, “No, not really. But kids are kids, and everyone’s doing a fantastic job here.”

After meeting local dignitaries and business people, the royal couple went on to Skedvi Bröd, a crisp bread bakery in Landsvägen where a platter of local specialties and warm Jerusalem artichoke soup awaited the twosome for lunch.

But Carl Philip and Sofia couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try their hand at baking a little something to go with it for themselves.

“I think I’m changing careers now,” a laughing Sofia told the Swedish media outlet Dalarnas Tidningar as she removed the warm loaves from the oven.

Tuesday sees the royal couple scheduled to visit Alvdalen, the village where Sofia grew up after moving there when she was six.

It’ll be her first trip back to the tiny community (population: 1,810) since she married Prince Carl Philip.

Sofia isn’t the only Scandinavian princess to enjoy a spot of public baking – on a recent trip to New York City, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark promoted her local cuisine by rolling up her sleeves and rolling out some dough.

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